Memories of the Mansion

The Story of Georgia's Governor's Mansion

Memories of the Mansion

The Story of Georgia's Governor's Mansion

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

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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.

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 a fishbowl.

—Sheffield Hale, President and CEO, Atlanta History Center

Winner

Award for Excellence in Research, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council

About the Author/Editor

Sandra D. Deal (Author)
SANDRA D. DEAL is the first lady of Georgia.

Jennifer W. Dickey (Author)
JENNIFER W. DICKEY is the coordinator of public history and associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University.

Catherine M. Lewis (Author)
CATHERINE M. LEWIS is the assistant vice president of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University. She is the author, coeditor, or coauthor of thirteen books, including (with Sandra D. Deal and Jennifer W. Dickey) Memories of the Mansion: The Story of the Georgia Governor's Mansion (Georgia).