Monday, June 29, 2015
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Maine State Archives sponsoring Magna Carta exhibit at Maine Historical Society

PORTLAND ? In commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta, the Maine State Archives and Maine Department of the Secretary of State are sponsoring a traveling exhibit focused on this historic document?s role in the formation of democratic government.

?Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015? is produced by the American Bar Association and Library of Congress, and features images of objects from Library of Congress collections that illustrate Magna Carta?s influence throughout the centuries and explain the document?s storied history.

This exhibit will be hosted by the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, from June 30 through July 12. It will be open to the public during regular museum hours, and is included in regular museum admission.

The Maine State Archives is sponsoring the Magna Carta exhibit as a highlighted event during the annual summer conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State, which is taking place in Portland from July 9-12. On Thursday, July 9 at 3:30 p.m., visiting secretaries will visit the Maine Historical Society to view not only the Magna Carta exhibit, but also the society?s ?Pursuit of Liberty: The Search for Compromise in the Declaration of Independence? exhibit, which features a rare Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence.

An opening reception for ?Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy, 1215-2015? is slated for Wednesday, July 1, from 5 -7 p.m., featuring remarks at 6 p.m. from Danielle Conway. Conway is an authority in public procurement law and entrepreneurship, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and the first African American dean of University of Maine School of Law. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is also scheduled to give brief remarks at the opening reception. Registration is required; email or call 774-1822, Ext. 216.


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