HAYS – (March 26, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Chief Judge Glenn Braun will host a local 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 be on display at the Hays Public Library, 1205 Main St in Hays, from April 1 through noon on April 19. School classes, youth groups, civic clubs and members of the public are invited to visit the display during the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“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.”
The Magna Carta has also had great influence on the development of laws.
“Winston Churchill once stated that the ‘Magna Carta provided a system of checks and balances which would accord the monarchy its necessary strength but would prevent its perversion by a tyrant or a fool,’” Chief Judge Braun said. “Our founding fathers in drafting the Constitution incorporated the same idea of checks and balances which preserves our liberties.”
Schmidt and Braun encourage all local residents, and particularly students, to visit the display and learn more about the Magna Carta’s legacy. Those interested in requesting a presentation may contact Hays Public Library Adult Services Manager Samantha Gill at 785-625-9014.
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.