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Happy Anniversary Magna Carta!

PARENTS! Still homeschooling your kids, or at least looking for something new for them to do? Then how about a civics lesson by way of Runnymede? Today marks the 805th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in a field at Runnymede. In case you weren’t following us back in 2014-2015, the Law Library, […]

Magna Carta Connection in Historic Jamestown – Pic of the Week

Magna Carta has had a great influence both on the United States Constitution and on the constitutions of the various states. Sharing in Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary, the Library of Congress celebrated with an exhibition and a year-long program of events. On a recent trip southeast, I stopped at Jamestown in the Colonial National Historical Park […]

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration Event

The major international commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta happened today at Runnymede Meadows in Surrey, England. Prime Minister David Cameron, HRH The Princess Royal, American Bar Association president William Hubbard, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch participated in the rededication of the American Bar Association memorial at Runnymede.   The Law Librarian of […]

Scholar Nicholas Vincent Delivers Final Magna Carta Lecture

The Law Library recently welcomed Magna Carta expert Nicholas Vincent for its final program in the Magna Carta Lecture Series. Vincent, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, gave a lively and visual presentation titled “Magna Carta: From Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries.” In his lecture, Vincent illustrated Magna Carta’s […]

Magna Carta Lecture Series – Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries

The Library’s final program of the Magna Carta Lecture series will feature noted Magna Carta scholar Nicholas Vincent on Monday, April 6, 2015. Professor Vincent will present his lecture: “Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries” at 1:00 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison […]

Wrapping up Magna Carta

For ten weeks, the Library of Congress hosted a whirlwind of events and activities that surrounded the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Activities began the day before the exhibition opened when the Law Library of Congress hosted the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., and the former chief justice of […]

Final Magna Carta Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

For me the Library of Congress exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, actually began on November 5th, a day before the exhibit was open to the public.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to be docents for the exhibit had the privilege of meeting with Christopher Woods, director of the British National Conservation Service, […]

Magna Carta – a Love Story

Armed with the extensive research on the background, content and effects of Magna Carta provided to docents, coupled with the “road map” provided by Nathan Dorn in his Gallery Talk, I have truly enjoyed giving tours of the Law Library’s Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor exhibit. None so much though as the one I gave […]