Ever seen the Magna Carta? It’s in Portland

'Democracy's Blueprints' on display at Oregon Historical Society

A section of the Magna Carta, on display at the Oregon Historical Society through Feb. 1, 2017 (Coutesy: OHS)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The blueprints of American democracy — printings and engravings of The Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Monroe Doctrine and the Magna Carta — are at the Oregon Historical Society.

Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America

The Magna Carta, written in 1215, was the first document to rein in the power of a monarch and is widely regarded as the basis upon which Western democracy was formed.

The engraving on display in Portland was made in 1733 and includes the original Latin text.

Handwritten letters from George Washington will also be on display along with the other major documents. The inaugural addresses from Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams will be seen in engravings.

“With the exception of the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk, “I don’t think there is any museum in the country where you can see so many priceless historic printings and engravings at one place at one time.”

Democracy’s Blueprints: The Documents that Built America” will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society from July 29 through February 1, 2017.

Comments are closed.