National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Electronic Newsletter, February, 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.

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You are invited!! - Our Dinner Speaker this year will be the Honorable Ronald A. Sarasin, President of the United States Capital Historical Society - We are holding our Washington, D.C. Reception and Dinner, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the University Club, 1135 - 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Black tie is optional. 

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. You may request an invitation from our Office as well as reserving your space by sending your check payable to the Society to PO Box 4222, Philadelphia, PA 19144. 

The Honorable Ronald A. (Ron) Sarasin, received a JD from the University of Connecticut and served as a Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly before serving three terms as a member of Congress representing the Fifth District of Connecticut. He was a candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 1978. He has extensive experience with associations serving for a decade as President of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He became President of the United States Capitol Historical Society on January 1, 2000 .

The United States Capitol Historical Society, founded in 1962, was chartered to enhance and perpetuate the history and heritage of the Capitol, its institutions and the individuals who have served in Congress and the Capitol. The Magna Carta display in the Capitol, which features a replica of the original document, was a gift from the British government in 1976. Between June 3, 1976 and June 13, 1977 , one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, normally displayed in the British Library, was on loan and displayed in the Capitol Rotunda.

Please also refer to Senator Robert Byrd's remarks on June 15, 2000 to Congress quoted in our August 2000 Electronic Newsletter. or


I would like to express our thanks to our members who have recommended our speaker and have provided the introduction to the University Club.

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.

More Video on the Magna Charta Website from the 2001 Tour and the Luncheon Speeches from 1998, 1999 and 2001

We are continuing the process of bringing outstanding educational video concerning the Magna Charta. As part of this process we are pleased to bring the 1998 Washington DC Luncheon speech presented by James Humes, Esquire OBE, the 1999 Washington DC Luncheon speech presented by Dr. Ray Raymond OBE and the 2001 Washington DC Luncheon speech presented by Arabella Churchill. While we have already included the text of Arabella's speech on the website, the video provides an additional perspective. This format is Real Video and works with a dial up modem, however, it will probably work much better with a higher speed internet connection. The video can be found using the page:

We have also included an excellent video from our 2001 June Tour or

For the past ten years I have video taped many of the meetings of our Society as well as our Educational Tours. 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, referred to in our January Newsletter, as well as these Luncheon Speeches 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.


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Best wishes.

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

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