Cover

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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vi-viii

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Foreword

Harris Pastides

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pp. ix-x

On the evening of July 31, 2008, just hours before I began my first full day as the twenty-eighth president of the University of South Carolina, Patricia and I drove to the back entrance of the historic President’s House and quietly slipped inside...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

In May 2009 Harris and I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Virginia and having lunch with then-president John Casteen and his wife, Betsy. President Casteen had been in office for nearly twenty years, so we enjoyed his perspective...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xvi

Karen Rood, editor. Though officially retired from the USC Press, Karen worked me into her vigorous travel schedule. This was the deal I made with the USC Press director early on, as Karen edited my previous books, and I knew I wanted her for this one. She has a sharp mind for organization and...

Part One. The House and First Families of the Past

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The Original President’s House

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pp. 3-5

The first President’s House on campus was located at the top of the historic Horseshoe, where the McKissick Museum stands today. It was a twostory brick building, completed in 1807 for eight thousand dollars. Jonathan Maxcy, the first university president...

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The History of the Building We Now Call the President’s House

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pp. 6-11

The home that we know as the President’s House today was built as faculty housing in 1854. A regency- style duplex, it was designed to accommodate two families. Building the house cost eleven thousand dollars, and it was considered “a great improvement...

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First Families Who Resided in the Current President’s House

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pp. 12-31

The twenty-first president, Donald S. Russell, and his wife, Virginia Utsey Russell, converted the house into the singlefamily President’s House, where their family of six was the first to reside. Their children are Donald, Mildred, Scott, and John.
The Russells moved from Spartanburg when he assumed...

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Major Renovations to the President’s House

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pp. 32-38

The greatest change to the house itself came in the 1950s, when the Russells decided to confront the poor condition of the nearly one-hundred-year-old McKissick-Wauchope House and convert it to a single family dwelling for the university president’s residence...

Part Two. The House and First Family Today

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A Tour of the House and Gardens

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pp. 41-91

The dual front doors of the President’s House are a reminder that the house was built as a duplex. The two doors are useful during receptions, as we use the main door on the Rutledge side as the entrance and the one on the Legare side as the egress. The doors...

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How the President’s House Is Used Today

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pp. 92-117

Throughout the academic year we host breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners for small groups of up to twelve people in the main dining room of the house.
Larger sit-down dinners, for up to forty people, are held in the reception room upstairs, and occasionally we host buffet...

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Highlights of My Time in the President’s House

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pp. 118-137

I can’t imagine ever looking back on our time in the President’s House without remembering the unadulterated pride I felt at Harris’s investiture. Our family members and lifelong friends traveled to Columbia for the occasion, largely from New York and New England.
On their arrival we hosted a southern barbeque

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Reflections on Being First Lady

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pp. 138-142

I have often considered it a good thing that Harris and I came to our positions when our children were already adults. I would have found it difficult to balance the traditional role of First Lady at USC with rearing young children. Hearing the tales of active children and animals...

Part Three. Entertainment Ideas for Your House

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Floral Arrangements

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pp. 145-151

We are so fortunate to have Don Staley as our presidential catering manager. Don is present at all events held at the President’s House and those hosted by the president elsewhere on campus. In addition to training and supervising...

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President’s House Menus

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pp. 152-156

The first and probably most exciting charge for me as First Lady was to assist in the selection process for hiring an executive chef for presidential catering. He or she was to be an employee of the university food-service provider, but his or her primary responsibility...

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President’s House Recipes

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pp. 157-174

This chapter begins with three recipes served in earlier administrations: the Country Captain chicken and Strawberry Shortcake that Virginia Russell served at Senior Dinners and the Italian Cream Cake that Rick Gant baked for Donna Sorensen’s...

References

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pp. 175-176

Index

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pp. 177-183