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SMBA Picked for National Award

Monday, May 23, 2016  
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May 23, 2016
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Magna Carta Community Celebration Recognized as Model Project

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Springfield Metropolitan Bar announced today that it has been selected to receive a national award.  In August the local bar will be honored for it’s project "Happy Birthday Magna Carta” as a recipient of the 2016 NABE/LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The award honors state and local bar associations and bar foundations for innovative projects that serve as national models for their ingenuity and public outreach. This is the second time the Springfield Metropolitan Bar has received this prestigious award.

The project "Happy Birthday Magna Carta” stemmed from plans to host a national traveling exhibit celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter. As its first order of business the bar brought together a dream team of key community leaders and almost instantly the exhibit plan morphed into a community-wide celebration. The bar and its community partners, including Missouri State University, the Moxie Cinema, Springfield Greene County Libraries, Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield Art Museum, hosted a total of twenty-four Magna Carta related events spanning seven months.  These events drew 1223 individuals to seven venues. Add to that 2,256 who toured the exhibit Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 plus the Magna Carta poster, essay, video and social media contest participants and more than 4,000 people of all ages were directly touched by this community collaboration.  

"I am thrilled that our project is receiving this national recognition,” said Mark McQueary, Past President of the Springfield Bar and Magna Carta project chair.  "It is a great honor, and particularly gratifying because we share our success with our remarkable, creative and supportive community partners, MSU, the Moxie Cinema, the Public Library District, Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield Art Museum.”