Memories of the Mansion

About the book:

Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia's Governor’s Mansion, co-authored by First Lady Sandra Deal, is a history of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion told through stories and experiences of the First Families who’ve lived there. The authors worked closely with the Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes and Perdue families to include their memories and behind-the-scene photos of life in the Mansion.

“The Mansion belongs to the people of Georgia, and this book is an effort to share and preserve its rich history,” Deal said. “All homes have a story to tell, and the Governor’s Mansion is no exception.”

About the authors:

Sandra Deal, the daughter of educators, has dedicated her life to encouraging childhood education. After teaching for more than fifteen years, she retired as a sixth-grade middle school teacher in Hall County. As First Lady of Georgia, she has focused her energies on a range of issues. Through Read Across Georgia, she has visited all 159 counties in the state to encourage reading for children. Her With a Servant’s Heart platform has encouraged statewide community service programs and volunteerism events. She serves as chair of the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and co-chair of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet. Sandra grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Georgia College and State University.

Jennifer Dickey is an associate professor at Kennesaw State University and coordinator of the Public History Certificate Program. She has a master’s degree in heritage preservation and a PhD in public history from Georgia State University. She is the author of A Tough Little Patch of History: “Gone with the Wind” and the Politics of Memory (2014) and co-editor of Museums in a Global Context: National Identity, International Understanding (2013). Before coming to KSU, she served as the campus preservation specialist and the director and curator of Historic Berry at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She has worked as a historian for the National Park Service and for the Historic Preservation Division of the State of Georgia. 
Catherine M. Lewis is the Assistant Vice President of Museums, Archives & Rare Books, the Director of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University. She is also a guest curator and special projects coordinator for the Atlanta History Center. She completed a BA in English and history with honors at Emory University and an MA and PhD in American Studies at the University of Iowa. She has curated more than thirty exhibitions throughout the nation and has authored, coauthored, or edited ten books, including The Changing Face of Public History: The Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American History Museum (2005), Don’t Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower’s Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America (2007), and four documentary collections with the University of Arkansas Press.

How to buy:

The book is available for purchase at the Governor's Mansion for $40, beginning. Book sale proceeds from books purchased at the Mansion will go towards a non-profit organization dedicated to maintenance, upkeep, and operations of the Governor’s Mansion. All books purchased from the Governor's Mansion will include signatures from all three authors.

The Mansion is open for tours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. We accept cash, card, and checks, but we cannot ship books. If you are unable to come to the Mansion to purchase books, the book is available on the UGA Press website as well as Amazon. The book is available for purchase beginning October 1, 2015.

Please call the Mansion with any book purchase questions.