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Accession Number 2015.010
Catalog Number 2015.010.001
Object Name Ticket, Admission
Title Front of ticket
Description White background with red and blue ink and a red stamp. "OHIO STATE CAPITOL FESTIVAL / Given by the citizens of Columbus to the people of the State of Ohio, / IN THE NEW STATE HOUSE, / On Tuesday Evening, January 6, 1857. / Admit Geo A Waller Esq and Ladies. / H. Wilson / Member Ex. Com"

The red stamp comprises two Chinese characters that do not make an actual word, but are pronounced "wei-xun," which is believed to be a transliteration of the name Wilson. H. Wilson signed the invitation. The stamp may have been used as a way of preventing counterfeit tickets.
Date January 6, 1857
Notes According to the "History of the City of Columbus" by Alfred Emory Lee, "The formal opening of the new Capitol was a very impressive event, and attracted the attention of the entire State. Preparations for it on the part of the people of Columbus began with a public meeting held at the American House December 22, 1856. . . Subscriptions of money to defray expenses were at once solicited, and by December 27 amounted to $3,000. Additional funds were obtained by the sale of admission ticket to citizens of Franklin County, citizens of all other counties of the State being admitted free."

According to the Ohio State Journal on December 29th 1856 "To prevent imposition in regard to tickets of admission to the State Festival, the committee would state that they have adopted the following regulations. They have issued three kinds of tickets, white, yellow, and red. The white and yellow for invited guests, will admit all persons residing outside of Franklin County, FREE- and them only. Each resident of Franklin County must present a red ticket at the door.

The red tickets can be procured at J. H. Riley & Co. and Randall & Ashton's Boot Store, and of Wm. G. Deshler, Treasurer, at five dollars each, admitting one gentleman and ladies.

It is desirable that all persons intending to be present, should procure their tickets as soon as practical, as upon the purchase of the red tickets by our citizens, they are entitled to a reasonable number of white tickets, to be sent too their friends residing outside of Franklin county, upon their names and P.O. address being left at the office of the committee for record.
... L. Buttles, / Ch'n Ex. Com."

George A. Waller, the admittee, was from Portsmouth, Ohio.
Provenance The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board bought this ticket online in April 2015 from an Ohio individual who had purchased a box of postcards and ephemera at Garth's Auctions of Delaware, Ohio, in March 2015. This ticket was part of the lot.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.