By Matt Cather
CAROLINA REPORTER & NEWS
“At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe” is the first book to feature the President’s House and gardens at the University of South Carolina. The book gives readers a look into the lives of USC'S first families and their memories of the time they spent in the house.
Patricia Moore-Pastides, wife of President Harris Pastides and the university's First Lady, Current first lady of the University of South Carolina, Patricia Moore-Pastides, said she wrote the book because she wanted to share more about one of the most recognizable buildings on South Carolina’s campus.
“I decided probably about 10 years ago that we needed a book about the President's House because I have seen that other universities had them and we never had one. We had books about the buildings on the Horseshoe in general but nothing sort of in-depth on the President's House,” she said.
“So that means there has been eight presidents since 1952 and that give me an idea that I could interview somebody from each of their families and ask the a couple questions about what they remember,” Patricia Pastides said.
She was excited to interview some of the families who raised young children in the house because the Pastides' children were grown when he was named president in 2008.
Her favorite part of writing the book was talking to the former first family members, especially Cissie Jones, daughter of President Thomas Jones, who was president from 1962 to 1974.
“I especially enjoyed Cissie Jones because she lived there for such a long time from the age of 6 to when she went off to college," said Pastides.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the university's educational foundation.