National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Electronic Newsletter, January, 2003



DATE: JANUARY 12, 2003

We continue to increase our e-mail list. To those of you who are new to our list we welcome you to receive our Electronic Newsletter and hope that you will find our Society and our mission to be interesting. Since a primary mission of our Society is to develop awareness of Magna Charta we wish to expand the circulation of our Electronic Newsletter by increasing our e-mail address list particularly including those who are members of lineage societies and/or who might share our interest in the principles of Constitutional Liberty.

We encourage you to check our Website regularly for new developments and information. The link to the Newsletter on the Website is:   The link to the Website is: Please also refer to OUR E-MAIL LIST at the end of this Newsletter.

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Video on the Magna Charta Website from the July 3, 2002 Exhibit Opening

We have included video of the talks given at the Opening of the Magna Charta Exhibit on July 3, 2002 by Judge Edward Becker, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, Donald Murphy, Deputy Director of the National Park Service and by Lord Goldsmith, Attorney General of the UK. These can be found using the page: We recommend Windows Media Player. The opening and closing by the Choir from England is low resolution with excellent audio. For the talks we have provided both low and medium resolution; while the audio sounds the same the medium resolution is much clearer but takes longer to watch; patience is necessary. The low resolution is much faster. The text of the talks can be found using our August Newsletter.

For the past ten years I have video taped many of the meetings of our Society as well as our Educational Tours. I am now in the process of converting over 100 analog tapes to digital format. In addition to preserving the information it should be relatively easy to provide streaming video accessible through our Website. The video from the Exhibit Opening is just the beginning and streaming video should dramatically improve with emerging technology. I believe that this medium will be an excellent way to enhance our Educational Mission. In addition, I encourage members of our Divisions, Chapters and Colonies to video presentations at their meetings.

Washington, D.C. Reception and Dinner, April 12, 2003 - University Club 

We are pleased to announce that our Washington, D.C. Reception and Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, April 12, 2003, at the University Club, Washington, D.C.  The reception will begin at 6:00 PM, with dinner scheduled for 7:30 PM. The cost for the reception and dinner will be $75.00 per person and the cost for the reception (without dinner) will be $25.00 per person, each with a cash bar. Reservations are required and limited. We encourage and appreciate contributions to our Society in addition to the cost of the reception and dinner. 

Until last year, our April Luncheon has traditionally been scheduled for the Monday of DAR Week. This year, since DAR Week has been moved to July, we have scheduled our dinner for Saturday, April 12, 2003. 

The annual meeting of the Colonial Dames 17th Century should be complete by Saturday afternoon and we particularly encourage all members and guests of the Colonial Dames to attend our dinner. We also welcome those who are not members of our Society. We remind our members and friends that April is a particularly beautiful time to visit Washington, D.C. If you would like to receive an invitation please let us know by calling our office or sending an e-mail.

Historic England Educational Tour, June 11-23, 2003 

For our June 2003 Tour we will visit historic and culturally significant places in the vicinity of London, Windsor and Bath. Among the features of this exceptional Tour are receptions at the College of Arms and the Library at Westminster Abby, a luncheon hosted by Arabella Churchill in Glastonbury, the Trooping of the Colour, Royal Ascot and the Garter Day Procession. Dine at Minterne with Lord and Lady Digby, at Charleton Park House with the Earl and Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire and dine with Sir Benjamin Slade, Bt. in Somerset. We will visit Runnymede where the Magna Charta was sealed. Additional activities are included in the itinerary on the Website and will be added as the time for the Tour approaches. The address is:   

We encourage interest and participation although space is limited. Please contact our office to request the full itinerary including the terms and conditions as well as instructions for Royal Ascot. Please note that applications and plans need to be made promptly.


Our E-mail list is made up of who have sent us e-mail, of members and friends of the Society who have responded to our Newsletter request for E-mail addresses and others who we believe might be interested in our Society or mission. If you would prefer not to receive future Electronic Newsletters, however, please let us know. If you have friends who you believe might be interested in our Society, please forward this e-mail. If you have received this as a forwarded e-mail, please visit our Website at for more information about our Society. You may also contact our Society Office at 215-836-5022 between the hours of 9:30am and 3:00pm, Tuesday to Friday.

Best wishes.

I hope that each of you are well. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions. 

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