At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe
Life in the University of South Carolina President's House
Through these pages readers will discover the ways in which the house has become a central location for enriching and celebrating the university community. Beginning with Mrs. Russell's famous senior dinners in the 1950s, the tradition of entertaining continues. From small formal dinners to garden receptions for several hundred, the President's House is alive with celebration. A multitude of thoughtfully planned festivities embrace the entire university community, honoring students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, legislators, and national and international leaders.
At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe is the first book to feature the workings of the President's House and gardens. A pictorial tour through all the public rooms calls attention to the provenance of special antiques and works of art. Presidential events are described and illustrated in charming photographs, and delectable recipes and novel flower-arrangement ideas are shared.
Perhaps most compelling are the stories from family members who have lived in the President's House. Through interviews with wives and children—and in one case a grandchild—of former university presidents, readers are privy to their most vivid memories of life in the house and recollections of campus happenings. Experiencing the house as her home, Moore-Pastides shares highlights of her years as First Lady, including the most poignant times as well as the lighter moments.
From thieving pets to helpful ghosts, panty raids to Vietnam War protests, and visits from brownie scouts to Pope John Paul II, the tales shared here will warm the heart and in a few cases make readers laugh aloud. And the more than two hundred personal and archival images will reveal not only the evolution of this beautiful historic structure but also the people who made the house a home.
"At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe gets to the essence of why historic houses matter. Patricia Moore-Pastides provides us not only with an incisive architectural and social history of the President's House, but through her words and deeds as First Lady, reveals what it truly means to make a house a home."—Margize Howell and Peter M. Kenny, co-presidents, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
"The site of the President's House on the historic Horseshoe has been a faculty residence for more than two hundred years and home to the University's presidents since 1952. In this attractive publication, Patricia Moore-Pastides chronicles the many ways in which this venerable structure serves not just the University, but the greater South Carolina community."—Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History
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