A story last week confused the 1297 Magna Carta with the original document signed by King John at Runnymede in 1215. The later version, one of 17 copies of what has become known as the cornerstone of English liberty, was signed by Edward I, and is now on display at the National Archives. (Published 2/18/88)
Magna Carta on Display
One of the 17 original issues of the Magna Carta is on display in the Rotunda of the National Archives Exhibition Hall, Constitution Avenue and Eighth Street NW.
In 1297, English lords presented King Edward I with the Magna Carta, demanding that he recognize certain civil rights. The principles in the Magna Carta were the foundation for English, and ultimately American, guarantees of trial by jury, equality before the law and freedom from arbitrary arrest.
In 1984, Texas businessman H. Ross Perot purchased one of the original issues and has lent it to the Archives indefinitely. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through March 31, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from April 1 through Labor Day. Speeches on D.C. History
The 15th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies will be held Feb. 26-27.
On Feb. 26, these sessions will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Ninth and G streets NW: "Music in Washington, D.C.," from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; "Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees: The Newcomer's Experience," from 1 to 3 p.m.; "Changing Solutions to Public Health Problems," from 3:15 to 5 p.m.; and "Historical Editing," from 1 to 4 p.m.
On Saturday, sessions will be held at the library on Benjamin Banneker at 10:30 a.m. and on Marian Anderson at 11:45 a.m.
On Friday night, Spencer Crew, curator of community life at the National Museum of American History, will discuss "North is a State of Mind: Afro-American Migration to Washington, D.C.", at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Sumner School, 17th and M streets NW. A reception will follow. For more information, call 727-1213.Youth Orchestra Activities
The D.C. Youth Orchestra will hold an open house Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coolidge High School, Fifth and Tuckerman streets NW.
The events will include chamber orchestra selections, Suzuki violin classes and talks with musicians.
On Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., the orchestra will hold a concert in the Coolidge auditorium. Featured will be works by George Gershwin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Archangelo Corelli and the theme from "The Andy Griffith Show".
For more information, call 723-1612.Annual Bartenders' Ball
This year's Bartenders' Ball for scholarship funds will be held at 8 p.m. on March 12 in the Washington Hilton Hotel's grand ballroom.
In its first nine years, the ball has raised more than $500,000. Tickets for the black-tie event are $85 and are available at area bars and restaurants, and through the Washington Restaurant and Beverage Association, 520 N. Capitol St. NW, 20001. For information, call 628-3234.Tax Assessment Appeals
District residents who wish to dispute the city's property tax assessments on their real property may appeal those levels before the Board of Equalization and Review. Real Property Assessment Appeal Forms are available at public libraries and at the board office, 300 Indiana Ave. NW, Room 5126. The filing deadline is April 15. For information, call 727-6860.Carlos Fuentes to Visit D.C.
Mexican author Carlos Fuentes will hold a reading to benefit the Penn Faulkner Awards on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Admission is $25. For more information, call the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, 724-5613.Moving Into Fixed-Up Units
Last week, 35 participants in the city's Tenant Assistance Program were handed keys to newly rehabilitated apartments at Jeffrey Gardens, 4237 Seventh St. SE.
The renovation was arranged by the city's Department of Housing and Community Development, the Washington Urban League, the Greater Southeast Community Hospital Foundation and Travenca Development Corp. About 200 of the 275 units should be finished by the end of 1988. The Jeffrey Gardens Tenants Association has been working with the hospital to plan medical counseling, and with the Urban League to plan family, counseling, job training and youth services within the complex.