The Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015) provides a fresh opportunity for a new generation to rediscover the many ways in which Ohioans played a key role in the war and in which the war - "this mighty scourge," as Lincoln described it - changed life in Ohio. The Civil War story in Ohio touches almost every community in the state.
In addition to the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the year 2011 also marked the 150th anniversary of the Ohio Statehouse.
After 22 years of construction, the Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War. The Statehouse is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. Its Greek Revival Doric architectural details and proportions give the impression of permanence, elegance and grandeur deserved by the original State Legislature who passed a law on January 26, 1838 to build the new Statehouse. Restored to its 1861 appearance, the Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio.
Throughout 2011, the Ohio Statehouse hosted a variety of special events, re-enactments and exhibits to celebrate the sesquicentennial of our great Capitol Building, and the Ohio Statehouse continues to host events to celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial. These events commemorate the lasting legacy and history of the Civil War and the Ohio Statehouse and provide an opportunity for all Ohioans to learn about Ohio's role in the history of the Civil War and the people who have come to serve.