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Filmmaker Ken Burns Attends MecDec Day Event

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns talks with May 20th Society executive committee members Charles Jonas and Scott Syfer of Moore & Van Allen, one of the event sponsors, during a May 20 reception for Burns on the rooftop of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. Read more. Olivia Fortson Charlotte Observer June 1, 2008

Documentary Guru Here Helpin’ Tout Area History

I chatted with the genius sprite of PBS, Ken Burns, on the rooftop patio of the uptown Mint on Tuesday night. Hosts of the party: The May 20 Society – passionate patriots proclaiming their love of our bold “Meck Dec” Declaration of Independence in 1775. Read more. Jeff Elder Charlotte Observer May 22, 2008

The Mecklenburg Declaration

Whether history or hoax, it reflects spirit of Mecklenburg in 1775, when people were ready to fight for freedom Mention the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and listeners split into two camps: Believers: They point to ample evidence – including statements from participants – that 27 freedom-loving men met in Charlotte on May 20, 1775… Read […]

Defending the MecDec

233 years ago, Mecklenburg settlers signed a groundbreaking Declaration of Independence…right? Read more. Amy Baldwin Charlotte Observer May 12, 2008

James Jack Returns

Young professionals remember the real rebels “Who will take this declaration to Philadelphia for us?” cries the man on the steps. Thundering down Tryon Street on horseback comes James Jack. To the crowd’s amazement, he rides up to the courthouse steps, shouting, “I will!” Read more. Laurie Prince Charlotte Magazine May, 2008

Captain Jack’s Bike Ride

Captures Spirit of MecDec Commemorates Historic 1775 Ride The May 20th Society is partnering with Charlotte Health and Fitness (CHF) magazine on a bike ride to commemorate Charlotte’s original rebel, Captain James Jack. Read more. Charlotte Health and Fitness Magazine May, 2008

It’s the Type Of Story That Inspires Epic Novels

There are heroes and villains. The plot features intrigue, treason, and narrow escapes. It’s the story of Charlotte. Read more. Uptown Magazine May, 2008

Joanna Nix Supports The May 20th Society

Joanna Nix supports The May 20th Society. Read more. Charlotte Taste August, 2007

Historian’s Lesson: Teach Kids History

Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School student Drew Gaertner, 14, greets historian David McCullough, who spoke Thursday morning at ImaginOn. Read more. Charlotte Observer May 18, 2007

Events Honor Mecklenburg Declaration Of 1775

More than a year before the Declaration of Independence, Mecklenburg leaders signed a document asserting that they, not the king, controlled local government. And for nearly 200 years, local leaders have celebrated the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, “MecDec” for short. Read more. Leigh Dyer Charlotte Observer May 14, 2007