Starting next week, the Montana Law Library in Helena is hosting an American Bar Association traveling exhibit highlighting the importance of the Magna Carta -- an 800-year-old document that helped form the basis of the U.S. Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.
There will be an opening ceremony for the exhibit on Monday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Law Library, which is in the lower level of the Joseph P. Mazurek Justice Building, 215 N. Sanders St., in Helena. Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath and former State Bar of Montana President Bob Carlson will speak at the ceremony.
The exhibit will be at the Law Library until Friday, Oct. 7.
The ABA has been presenting the exhibit across the country over the past two years as part of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta's first signing. The exhibit is part of the ABA's ongoing efforts to educate citizens about American democracy.
The exhibit includes objects from Library of Congress collections that
explain the history and historic relevance of the Magna Carta and associated
The Magna Carta, first signed in 1215 A.D., is one of the first documents to
provide fundamental human rights to citizens, including the protection of life
and property from unlawful government seizure. The rights of people detailed in the Magna Carta played a role in the American colonists’ decision to rebel
against the British government in 1776.