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Take a tour of 'Our First Family's Home'
New from the Ohio University Press  

Apr 25, 2008  
By Jennifer Krisch  

Starting this month, Outlook will feature a monthly column showcasing recent titles published by Ohio University Press. The largest university press in Ohio, the press publishes 50 books annually on a variety of topics. These books carry the Ohio University name into the world, receiving national and international attention from leading scholarly journals, prominent review media and prestigious award competitions.

As the warmth of spring inspires us to start planting, an upcoming release from Ohio University Press offers a private tour of one of the most famous gardens in Ohio. "Our First Family's Home," due out in May, gives readers a vibrant visual and narrative tour of the Ohio Governor's Residence and its Ohio Heritage Garden.

The richly illustrated volume tells the story of the home that has served as Ohio's executive residence since 1957 and the mark left on it by nine governors and their families who have lived there.

Inspired by Ohio's diverse landscape, the Ohio Heritage Garden that surrounds the home is made up of a series of smaller gardens overflowing with native plant species that tell the state's history. For instance, the Garden of the Lost features plants believed to have existed before the Ice Age, while the Prairie Garden reflects the bare, arid grasslands along Ohio's western border.

First families carry on Ohio's farming traditions by utilizing the home's Herb Garden and Kettle Bog, where culinary herbs and cranberries are grown, and by harvesting fresh vegetables from the Agriculture Garden.

Although focusing much of its attention on gardens and grounds, "Our First Family's Home" also offers a history of the house -- from its beginnings as a private residence to its near demise -- and the major renovations that shaped what today is the stately residence of Ohio's first family and a learning environment for visitors.

As with any historical home, the Governor's Residence undergoes periodic renovations and updates, and, as mentioned in the book's foreward, will lead Ohio in promoting environmental issues such as solar power and green energy. Gov. Ted Strickland and his wife, Frances, plan to install solar shingles and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

In addition to spectacular images by award-winning photographer Ian Adams, "Our First Family's Home" includes "Native Plants of Ohio," a 14-page section of paintings by artist Dianne McElwain and several essays about the home and garden.

Published in conjunction with The Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, the Ohio University Press book will be available May 10 at select bookstores or online through the publisher Web site at: www.ohioswallow.com/on/our_first_familys_home.

Other recent Ohio University Press titles

  • "The Last of the Husbandmen: A Novel of Farming Life," by Gene Logsdon: An opinionated and funny fictional look at the challenges that confronted rural America in the 20th century.

  • "The Lawyer Myth: A Defense of the American Legal Profession," by Rennard Strickland and Fran T. Read: Former law school deans take on popular misconceptions about lawyers and explain their necessary role in society.

  • "Cleansing the City: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London," by Michelle Allen: A professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Allen explores the resistance to public health efforts in London, drawing from work by Charles Dickens, George Gissing and others.

  • "The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba," by Makuchi: Thirty-four rich and compelling folktales by a writer who grew up in Cameroon.


Related Links
'Our First Family's Home' Web page: http://www.ohioswallow.com/on/our_first_familys_home 
Ohio University Press: http://www.ohioswallow.com/  

Published: Apr 25, 2008 10:35 AM  

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Ohio University Press author, books earn kudos 

  • Ohio University Press author Peter Nathaniel Malae has been named a finalist in the New York Public Library's 2008 Young Lions Fiction Award. The $10,000 prize is given annually to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or collection of short stories. Malae's debut, "Teach the Free Man," offers 12 different fictional tales thematically linked by incarceration, each story narrated by a California prison inmate. The Young Lions winner will be announced during a gala ceremony in New York City on Monday. The book was published by Swallow Press, an imprint of Ohio University Press. "Teach the Free Man" is the only book among the five finalists published by a university press.

  • "Resurrecting the Granary of Rome: Environmental History and French Colonial Expansion on North Africa," by Diana K. Davis, won the Association of American Geographers' 2007 Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography and the American Society for Environmental History's 2007 George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book on environmental history. Both awards were announced last month.

  • "The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior," by Eric Olmanson, won the Association of American Geographers' 2008 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize.


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