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The Bartow History Museum is honored to have Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and former First Lady Elizabeth Harris at the upcoming Evening Lecture on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  Mrs. Deal will speak about the new book, Memories of Mansion:  The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion, which focuses on the stories and experiences of Georgia’s first families.  The book’s co-authors, Drs. Catherine Lewis and Jennifer Dickey, will also speak briefly about their experiences working with the first families to write the book.

Due to the large crowd expected to attend, the program will take place in the theater of the Booth Museum, located adjacent to the Bartow History Museum.  Guests may check in at either museum prior to the program.  Following the program, guests will be invited back to the Bartow History Museum for a book signing and dessert reception.

Designed by Atlanta architect A. Thomas Bradbury and opened in 1968, the mansion has been home to eight first families (from Lester Maddox to Nathan Deal) 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.

“All homes have a story to tell, and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is no exception,” says first lady Sandra Deal. 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.

Authors Sandra D. Deal, Jennifer W. Dickey and Catherine M. Lewis worked closely with the former first families (Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes and Perdue) to capture behind-the-scenes anecdotes of what life was like in the state’s most public-house.

The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288.

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