Statehouse sets events to mark Ohio’s founding

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Statehouse is kicking off its commemoration of Ohio’s 215th birthday as a state.

Festivities to mark Statehood Day run today through the weekend. Ohio was founded on March 1, 1803.

A small art exhibit opening today features original portraits of two key players in the debate over statehood: Arthur St. Clair and Thomas Worthington. An Ohio History Connection film on the statehood debate will be featured through the weekend.

A free birthday party will take place Sunday. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and features family-friendly activities, including art projects, Ohio trivia, special tours, video presentations and birthday treats.

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