Obhof Unveils New Statehouse Exhibit Featuring the Original Ohio Constitutions
Interactive display is the first of its kind in the nation
November 29, 2018
COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) joined current and former Ohio governors this week for the opening of a new Ohio Constitution exhibit at the Ohio Statehouse. The interactive exhibit features both the original 1802 and 1851 Ohio Constitutions in a first-of-its-kind display in the United States.
“This is an important addition to the Statehouse Museum,” said Obhof. “The new interactive display will give students the opportunity to learn about our state and study the principles that make Ohio great.”
During his first term in the legislature, President Obhof sponsored Senate Bill 165, the Founding Documents Bill. That bill included both the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions, as well as the Declaration of Independence and the Northwest Ordinance, in Ohio students’ history curriculum. “These documents remind us that power lies with the people, and that government works for them,” said Obhof. “The new Ohio Constitution display complements our increased emphasis on getting back to basics in our history curriculum. I hope this special new exhibit will inspire future leaders, and I appreciate the work of those who made this vision a reality.”
The free exhibit was made possible through a public-private partnership between the Ohio History Connection, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation.
"Since our organization’s founding in 1885, we have cared for and preserved the Ohio Constitution documents. We understand the value of the stories they contain and we’re excited to connect even more Ohioans to the founding of our great state,” said Megan Wood, Ohio History Connection Director of Museum and Library Services.
“The exhibit will educate Ohio students and visitors about the importance of these founding documents and how these documents impact their lives—the Statehouse is where Ohio civics and government come to life,” added Laura Battocletti, executive director of CSRAB.
When visitors enter the space, the experience begins with pages from the original 1802 and 1851 state constitutions and interactive displays focused on “Rights,” “Responsibilities” and “Constitution Stories” accompany the documents. In addition, the entire museum has been updated with a new layout and expanded gallery experience. For more information about visiting the Ohio Statehouse museum, visit OhioStatehouse.org.