Senate Approves Bill Making Adena Pipe Official State Artifact
Legislation inspired by the work of students
April 10, 2013
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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senators Frank LaRose and Kevin Bacon (R- Village of Minerva Park) that declares the Adena Pipe as the official artifact of the State of Ohio. The idea for Senate Bill 33 was brought to LaRose and Bacon by a group of elementary students who have been studying the history of Ohio and investigating the origins of the Adena Pipe.

“By adding the Adena Pipe to our other state symbols, we will generate greater appreciation of Ohio’s early history and promote awareness of the remarkable early inhabitants of this great land,” said LaRose, who currently serves on the board of directors for the Summit County Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society. “I applaud the hard work and initiative of the students who brought this bill to our attention, as they have learned a great deal about the legislative process through this project.”

Crafted by the ancient Adena culture from pipestone, the Adena pipe was discovered in 1901 by William C. Mills in a burial mound near Chillicothe. Today it is preserved for all to enjoy at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. Several students testified yesterday before the Senate State Government Oversight & Reform Committee in support of Senate Bill 33, noting that passage of the bill would make Ohio only the third state in the nation and the first in the Midwest to have official state artifacts.

Senate Bill 33 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. Similar legislation has been introduced in that chamber by Representatives Mike Duffey (R- Worthington) and John Patrick Carney (D- Columbus).

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