First Lady Sandra Deal to Present Book to GSC

Wed Oct 18 00:00:00 EDT 2017


Georgia's First Lady, Sandra Deal, is visiting Gordon State College to present a book she co-authored, Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia's Governor's Mansion, to the Dorothy W. Hightower Collaborative Learning Center and Library.

The book presentation is at 3:30, Tuesday, Oct. 24. The event is free and the public is invited, however this is not a book signing event.

Immediately after the book is presented, Mrs. Deal will meet privately with two groups of students - education majors and presidential scholars.

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 15 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.

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.

The book is available on the UGA Press website as well as Amazon.