BAXTER SPRINGS - An enduring legacy indeed. After over 800 years, the Magna Carta is still considered a symbol, and pillar of democratic leadership recognized around the world. Initially drafted to make peace between the unpopular King John of England at Runnymede and a group of rebel barons in June 1215, this charter became part of English political life and went on to play a pivotal role in inspiring the America’s Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
To help the preservation of its legacy, the American Bar Association Standing Committee and the Law Library of Congress have collaborated to present a traveling exhibit to raise awareness about the Magna Carta and celebrate its enduring legacy. The ABA has generously donated a complete set of the traveling exhibit to the State of Kansas.
The exhibit will be making its way to Southeast Kansas, with an extended stay at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum.
"We will be hosting the traveling exhibit from Aug. 1 until Aug. 17," said museum director Mary Billington in a press release.
There will be a special evening social from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, with special guest, Derek Schmidt, the Kansas Attorney General.
"Special Thanks to Judge Kent Lynch and Jim Hall of the Baxter Springs Historical Society for working to bring this fantastic exhibit to Cherokee County," said Billington.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.