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Author Moore-Pastides, Patricia, author

Title At home in the heart of the Horseshoe : life in the University of South Carolina President's House / Patricia Moore-Pastides
Published Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 182 pages)
Contents Cover; At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword ; Preface ; Acknowledgments ; PART ONE. The House and First Families of the Past ; The Original President's House ; The History of the Building We Now Call the President's House
First Families Who Resided in the Current President's House Major Renovations to the President's House ; PART TWO. The House and First Family Today ; A Tour of the House and Gardens ; How the President's House Is Used Today ; Highlights of My Time in the President's House
Reflections on Being First Lady PART THREE. Entertainment Ideas for Your House ; Floral Arrangements ; President's House Menus ; President's House Recipes ; References ; Index
Summary "Much has been written about the relationship between a president and his or her university. Many of the comments have become cliché. "It's not a job, it's an obsession," or "A president's life is a 24/7 commitment." One of the funniest quips defines a university president as someone who lives in a mansion but is always begging for money. How true! Far less has been written about the meaning and impact of actually living in the President's House, particularly a house located in the very heart of South Carolina's flagship university. Now, for the first time, Patricia has succeeded in rendering the house a home and has brought its former residents to life in this wonderfully approachable book. And even though I live in the house, I freely admit that, through Patricia's colorful recounting, I have become reacquainted with its rich history and understand our great good fortune to be its residents"-- Provided by publisher
"The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 on a modest parcel of land now called the Horseshoe. While the campus has grown well beyond its original borders, the oak-lined and gated historic Horseshoe remains the heart of campus life. At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe pays tribute to the handsome regency-style structure at the midpoint of the historic Horseshoe. Constructed in 1854 to house faculty families, then used for sororities, the residence ultimately became the official President's House in 1952. Through the stories and images in this beautiful book, Patricia Moore-Pastides provides a window into life at the University of South Carolina President's House from her perspective as First Lady. 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. "-- Provided by publisher
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 18, 2017)
Subject University of South Carolina -- Buildings -- Pictorial works.
University of South Carolina -- Buildings.
President's House (Columbia, S.C.)
President's House (Columbia, S.C.) -- Pictorial works.
Columbia (S.C.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.
Columbia (S.C.) -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Illustrated works.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017031727
ISBN 1611177812 (electronic bk.)
9781611177817 (electronic bk.)