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

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

A small art exhibit opening Wednesday 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 on 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.