We are in the process of sending Electronic
Newsletters to our Members, Potential Members and those who are interested
in Magna Charta. Link
The mailed invitations have been sent for our annual
dinner on April 13, 2013, sent to those members who have expressed interest
in attending. If you would like an invitation please send your request to
We have added the updated
information concerning the Library of Congress Exhibit scheduled to open
November 28, 2014.
We have encouraged our Divisions Chapters and
Colonies to record their presentations and we are encouraged that Houston
Colony Regent Mrs. Lou Gilpin recorded their last meeting and the excellent
talk, "Feudalism, the Norman Invasion and the Early Plantagenets: The
Road To Magna Charta" presented by Dr, Louis Markos can be viewed on
Link To Talk
We have added the Dedication Speech for the ABA
Memorial at Runnymede - July 28, 1957
The Archbishop of Canterbury presented The
Magna Carta Lecture at Royal Holloway, University of London, June 15, 2012 -
"Sovereignty, Democracy, Justice"
The Video was filmed by Society Herald Nicole
Meeting with Dr. Billington, Librarian of Congress - April
13, 2012 - Librarian's Ceremonial Office - Planning for the Exhibit to open
November 28, 2014
Vice Chair of the 800th Committee, Alice Richmond,
and Chancellor Neilson meeting with Dr. Billington
Chair of the 800th Anniversary Committee, Sir Robert
Worcester, plannign for the Exhibit with Dr. Billington and Chancellor
A Preview of some of the Exhibit items
Almost 800 years old!
Our Dinner - View the Video
We had an excellent and informative dinner on April
We are including Video of the presentation by Sir Robert Worcester
Video and Text The
Law Librarian of Congress
The Library of Congress is planning an Exhibit
opening on November 28, 2014.
Mailed invitations to our April 14, 2012 dinner are
in process to those who have expressed interest in attending, those who have
recently attended, recent contributers and leaders. Mailed invitations, like
mailed newsletters, involve significant cost and we appreciate that our
members with internet access share information. Electronic Newsletters
especially can provide considerable information (including links) and
lasting information which supports our educational mission.
We have established a primarily "members" website with user names
and passwords. For logistical reasons it is more effective to have a
separate site for this purpose which is www.magnacharta1.org . Members of
our Society have access to pages for the Divisions, Colonies and
Chapters as well as information sharing pages for immigrant ancestors. The
immigrant ancestors will initially include both those qualified for our
Society as well as other imigrants who were prominent in the colonial
period. Our members who have provided the Society with their email
address have been sent a welcoming email with a password and we encourage
our members to register for access.
Potential members and those interested in the Magna Charta may also
register for the site with sections of the site (to be developed) for them.
We will be working on the site and welcome reasonable suggestions.
Our Society has been invited to participate in
a reception in Philadelphia on April 26, 2012 to support The Duke of
Edinburgh's Award Program. While there is limited space if you might be
interested in attending please send an email to the Society.
We are pleased to announce the 2012 Annual Dinner for
Saturday, April 14, 202 at the University Club, Washington, DC.
Sir Robert M. Worcester, KBE, DL, will be the speaker at our dinner on the
“Magna Carta: Foundation of Liberty, Protector of Democracy”
Professor Sir Robert M. Worcester, KBE, DL
chairs the Magna Carta 2015 800th Anniversary Committee.
Link to Response Form.
We are adding video to our site. Dean Alec Knight in
November of 2004 provides some perspective on the Virginia Beach Exhibit of
2007. The video was taken at the visitors center at the Tower of London.
London October 2011
Our Society is now included as a member of the
Magna Carta Trust, providing two Trustees, Chancellor Lewis L. Neilson, Jr.
and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Henry Conrad Wurts. The 800th Anniversary
Committee has a new website
We met with Canon Rex Davis who was the SubDean of
Lincoln Cathedral for 27 years until 2003 who provided some very interesting
perspective on the travels of the Lincoln Magna Charta.
Philadelphia October 2011
Focusing on our own history, we have
added a page for
information about Memorable Meetings of our Society. There are 56 meetings
listed up to April 17, 1956 and many of the talks were printed and
circulated to the membership. We are in the process of scanning that
Please refer to the 2010 News Page for additional
information about the Launch Ceremony of the 800th Celebration
Philadelphia PA July 2011
July 25, 2011 - Chancellor Nelison planned a meeting in Philadelphia with
Roberta I Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress, Robert Newlen, Assistant
Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach and Services, Siobhan A. Reardon,
President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia, and Janine Pollock,
Head, Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia.
There is additional information including pictures from 1939
June Newsletter - We
sent an Electronic Newsletter
England June 2011
The Chancellors June 2011 Trip to England began on Thursday June 9 at Lincoln.
Thursday evening I met with Dr Nicholas Bennett, Vice-Chancellor and
Librarian, Lincoln Cathedral Library, and Carol Bennett, Lincoln Cathedral
Education Officer. I asked about the archives of the Cathedral concerning the travels of the
Lincoln Copy of the Magna Carta and they suggested that I meet with Linda
Tilney which I did Friday afternoon. After the meeting I attended evensong
at the Cathedral where the results of the election of a new Bishop were
announced. After the service the
Magna Carta Lecture. "Magna Carta and the Rule of Law" [view
video-S] [view text] was presented by Lord
McNally, Minister of State for Justice and Deputy Leader of the House of
Lords, followed by a reception at the Deanery. I had a chance to meet Phil
Hamlyn Williams the
new Chapter Clerk and Chief Executive of Lincoln Cathedral, .
On Saturday Linda Tilney provided a
30 minute recording [view
video-S] of her recollections of the Magna Carta travels and I
took the afternoon train to London.
Please see additional information about the Exhibits
kind permission of Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons,
Mrs Eleanor Laing MP,
invited me to
a reception to launch
The All Party Parliamentary Group
the Magna Carta,
the Speaker Apartments, House of Commons.
welcomed by Rt Hon John Bercow MP
and Mrs. Eleanor Laing MP followed by an explanation of the aspirations of the 800th Anniversary Committee by Sir
Robert Worcester KBE, DL. [view
Tuesday evening there was
a Choral Evensong In Celebration of Magna Carta at the
Temple Church, The Reverend Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple,
[view video-S] followed by a dinner at the Inner Temple. The speaker following dinner
was Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls and Chairman of
the Magna Carta Trust. [view
Thursday afternoon the 800th Anniversary Committee met at Royal Holloway
followed by seventh annual Royal Holloway lecture. The lecture was presented
by TheRt Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE, entitled "Magna Carta and the Judges -
realizing the vision".
video of lecture-S] [view
video of dinner-S]
Washington DC April 2011
April 16, 2011 - The 2011 DC Reception and Dinner was
held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the University Club. We reviewed plans fo
the 800th Ceolebration and enjoyed remarks from a representative of Lincoln
Cathedral, Allison White.
April 14, 2011 - The Chancellor met with and recorded a brief presentation by Roberta Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress,
explaining plans for the 800th Anniversary Celebration
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