Georgia first lady Sandra Deal plans to sign copies of her book, “Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia's Governor’s Mansion,” Monday at the Northeast Georgia History Center.
Deal penned the book with Jennifer Dickey and Catherine Lewis of Kennesaw State University. Dickey and Lewis also will be on hand to share their experiences in researching the book, according to a history center news release.
The book depicts the history of the mansion as told through stories and experiences of the first families who 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,” according to the history center.
“It’s a cool behemoth of a coffee table book,” history center Director Glen Kyle said. “It is a well-researched, well-written book. It has pretty pictures, of course, but it also has some good information.”
A brief presentation by the authors will be followed by the book signing. Books will be on sale in the museum gift shop, and light refreshments will be served.
Deal joined former first ladies Betty Vandiver and Marie Barnes at the center’s 2014 Taste of History Luncheon in October 2014, sharing stories about life as first lady.
Deal talked about the quality of the furnishings and said former first lady Betty Sanders put a lot of thought into how to furnish the mansion for future generations.
She and other first ladies also spoke in September at an Atlanta event.
Deal said she immediately was curious about the mansion’s history and tried to learn more by inviting former governors and first ladies over to “pick their brains.”
“Lo and behold, they talked about politics and political friends and laughed,” Deal said. “And I didn’t learn anything.”