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American Bar Association Magna Carta Traveling Exhibition – Pic of the Week

The American Bar Association traveling exhibition, Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015, debuted at their annual meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014.

The American Bar Association traveling exhibition, Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015, debuted at their annual meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014. [Photo by David S. Mao]

On August 8, the American Bar Association debuted the traveling exhibition, Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015, at their annual meeting in Boston.  Nathan Dorn gave a “pop-up speech” at the conference’s expo to discuss how the narrative and images came together to tell the story of 800 years of Magna Carta.  Law Librarian of Congress David S. Mao greeted visitors to the traveling exhibition and discussed the Law Library’s collections.

The first few banners present historical context for the creation of Magna Carta in England while the next few banners present the impact of Magna Carta’s principles on the fledgling colonies of the United States.  The last half of the exhibition is dedicated to the individual liberties – such as due process of law, trial by jury, and the writ of habeas corpus – that found a permanent home in the American founding documents.

Check out the dates and locations to see if the traveling exhibit is coming to a venue near you!

Tunisian Constitution – Pic of the Week

   The National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia adopted its first democratic constitution on January 26, 2014.  We were fortunate to recently acquire a copy of the new constitution of Tunisia. Not only did we acquire the volume for our collection, Dr. Mustapha Ben Jaafar (Mustafá Bin Ja’far), the president of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, personally […]

A Walking Tour of St. Elizabeths Hospital

In May, I  took a walking tour of the western campus of St. Elizabeths (there is no apostrophe) hospital in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The tour was hosted by the D.C. Preservation League. The hospital is situated high above the city, providing the panoramic view you see pictured below. Dorothea Dix, an advocate for the mentally ill […]

150 Years of the Arlington National Cemetery – Pic of the Week

“…Arlington…where my affections & attachments are more strongly placed than at any other place in the World”–R. E. Lee*   This month marks the sesquicentennial of the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), as it was established June 15, 1864.  Previously our colleague Christine wrote about the Civil War Sesquicentennial for this blog in 2011.   You may […]