First Lady Sandra Deal, Jennifer Dickey and Catherine Lewis Honored with Presidential Citation For Memories of the Mansion

First Lady Sandra Deal receives Presidential Citation

Pictured, left to right: GHS Board Member H. Jerome Russell Jr., First Lady Sandra Deal, Dr. Jennifer Dickey, UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer, Dr. Catherine Lewis, GHS President Dr. W. Todd Groce, and GHS Board Member Phil Jacobs

Atlanta, Ga., September 15, 2016 – Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society presented First Lady Sandra Deal, Dr. Jennifer Lewis, and Dr. Catherine Dickey with a Georgia Historical Society Presidential Citation for their book Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion, published in 2015 by The University of Georgia Press.

Jennifer W. Dickey is the coordinator of public history and associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University and Dr. Catherine M. Lewis is the assistant vice president of Museums, Archives and Rare Books and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University.

“It is my honor to recognize the work of three outstanding authors, said Groce. “By telling these stories about the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, they are helping to preserve our state’s history for future generations. And through this book, Mrs. Deal, a former classroom teacher, is still teaching, even as First Lady.”

Home to Georgia’s first families since 1968, Memories of the Mansion tells the stories of the mansion and the families who have called it home.

The citation was presented in a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, with Lisa Bayer from UGA Press and members of the GHS Board of Curators in attendance.

The Georgia Historical Society Presidential Citation was created to recognize special achievements in the field of history and signal contribution toward the preservation and advancement of Georgia history.

First Ladt Sandra Deal receives presidential citation