Memories of the Mansion
The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion

Sandra D. Deal, Jennifer W. Dickey, and Catherine M. Lewis

All homes have a story to tell, and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is no exception

Reviews

“In this meticulously researched history of Georgia’s executive mansion, the authors wonderfully illuminate the intertwining stories of its caretakers, the state’s first families, and the people of Georgia. Surely, it will become a model of its kind.”
—Jamil Zainaldin, President, Georgia Humanities Council

“This book engages readers in a way that helps them experience fifty years of Georgia political personalities as they promoted our state on the magnificent set that is our Governor’s Mansion. More than that, despite the first families’ disparate backgrounds, politics, and personalities, this book highlights the connection of common awe and responsibility they all have felt while performing their roles in the fishbowl of the Governor’s Mansion.”
—Sheffield Hale, President and CEO, Atlanta History Center


Description

Designed by Atlanta architect A. Thomas Bradbury and opened in 1968, the mansion has been home to eight first families and houses a distinguished collection of American art and antiques. Often called “the people’s house,” the mansion is always on display, always serving the public. Memories of the Mansion tells the story of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion—what preceded it and how it came to be as well as the stories of the people who have lived and worked here since its opening in 1968.

The authors worked closely with the former first families (Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes, Perdue, and Deal) to capture behind-the-scenes anecdotes of what life was like in the state’s most public house. This richly illustrated book not only documents this extraordinary place and the people who have lived and worked here, but it will also help ensure the preservation of this historic resource so that it may continue to serve the state and its people.

Page count: 240
247 color and b&w photos
Trim size: 9 x 12

Read more about A. Thomas Bradbury at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

 



Hardcover
List price: $39.95
978-0-8203-4859-9
10/1/2015

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Sandra D. Deal is the first lady of Georgia.

Jennifer W. Dickey is the coordinator of public history and associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University.

Catherine M. Lewis is the assistant vice president of Museums, Archives and Rare Books and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University.