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AG Derek Schmidt, 11th District Judges to host exhibit on the Magna Carta

Release Date: Jul 27, 2018

TOPEKA – (July 27, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the judges of the 11th Judicial District will host a display on the history of the Magna Carta – the 13th century document that set the course for democracy in England, and greatly influenced democracy in the United States.

The exhibit will visit three communities in the judicial district during the months of August and September. The schedule for the exhibit is as follows:

August 1-17

Baxter Springs Museum
740 East Ave., Baxter Springs

Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-4 p.m.; Monday – Closed

August 18-September 7

Parsons Public Library
311 S. 17th St., Parsons

Monday – 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday – 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m.; Thursday – 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Sunday – Closed

September 10-28

Pittsburg State University
Overman Student Center
302 E Cleveland Ave., Pittsburg

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

“While the Magna Carta began as a series of grievances from barons in medieval England, the fundamental rights that were laid out in that document were later echoed in our own Declaration of Independence, and have been symbolic of liberty and democracy,” Schmidt said. “I encourage civic clubs, educators and other interested citizens to use this opportunity to discuss our civic history and to engage in learning about the precious system of self-government we have inherited from those who came before.”

Schmidt and the judges encouraged all local residents, and particularly students, to visit the display and learn more about the Magna Carta’s legacy.

The exhibit was produced by the American Bar Association in honor of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in 2015. Although that anniversary has passed, the exhibit is on traveling display. More information about the display and the Magna Carta is available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov/magna-carta.

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