2019 News Releases

AG Derek Schmidt, Chief Judge Joe Dickinson to host exhibit on the Magna Carta in Harvey, McPherson Counties

Release Date: Sep 26, 2019

TOPEKA – (September 26, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Chief Judge Joe Dickinson will host a local display in Newton and McPherson 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.

School classes, youth groups, civic clubs and members of the public are invited to visit the display at the following locations:

October 2-15

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays
and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 5

Harvey County Historical Museum
203 N. Main St., Newton

October 17-31

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays

McPherson Museum
1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson

“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 Constitution, 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.

“Magna Carta, which means ‘The Great Charter’ is one of the most important documents in history as it established the principle that everyone is subject to the law, even the king, and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice, and the right to a fair trial,” Dickinson said. “This document served to guide and shape our own Constitution. It is my hope that citizens and students will take advantage of this exhibit and visit it while it is here.”

Schmidt and Dickinson encouraged all local residents, and particularly students, to visit the display and learn more about the Magna Carta’s legacy. Those interested in arranging a group visit in Newton may contact Catherine Goodwin by email at director@hchm.org or by phone at 316-283-2221. Those interested in arranging a group visit in McPherson may contact the museum staff by email at director@mcphersonmuseum.com or by phone at 620-241-8464.

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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