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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller (left) and Catherine Hansen, the chief of protocol for the city of Charlotte, talk prior to the start of a program celebrating the county's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Proclaimations from Mecklenburg County and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, are displayed during a program celebrating the county's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    German language students from Waddell Language Academy perform a song in German for an audience of local and German dignitaries celebrating the county's international relationship,at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    Christoph Sander, the German Consul General to the United States addresses an audience celebrating Mecklenburg County's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Christoph Sander, the German Consul General to the United States addresses an audience celebrating Mecklenburg County's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    Former Charlotte attorney D.G. Martin (center) listens as Christoph Sander, the German Consul General to the United States, addresses the audience celebrating Mecklenburg County's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Audience members toast celebrating Mecklenburg County's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller (left) and Christoph Sander, the German Consul General to the United States offer a toast celebrating the county's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller (left) and Christoph Sander, the German Consul General to the United States talk after toasting celebrating the county's international relationship,at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996, the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    Jerry Fox (left), former Mecklenburg County Manager, Parks Helms, former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission, Reinhard von Hennigs partnership committee chairman, former Charlotte attorney D.G. Martin (center), Catherine Hansen, the chief of protocol for the city of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio (front, right), Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller, and Christoph Sander, the German Consul General to the United States stand around proclamations from Mecklenburg County and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, after a program celebrating the county's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996 the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller, Catherine Hansen, the chief of protocol for the city of Charlotte, and Parks Helms, former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission, check out a photo of themselves after a program celebrating the county's international relationship, and the completion of restoration of Queen Charlotte's German birthplace, at the Bechtler Museum on January 19, 2014. In 1996 the Mecklenburg County commissioners gave $15,000 to help restore the birthplace of Queen Charlotte in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, a castle behind the Iron Curtain in the former East Germany. The restorations are now finished, and the Germans are inviting all Mecklenburg County, N.C. residents to come visit.
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