Take an entertaining journey through time as you discover the stories behind the events that brought American presidents to the Zion of the West. Since 1875 when Ulysses S. Grant visited the Utah Territory, U.S. presidents have continued to trek to the shores of the Great Salt Lake and Brigham Young's blossoming desert rose. Through the decades, whether campaigning, helping friends at fundraisers, interacting at town hall meetings, meeting with Church officials, or participating in historic events, the nation's top leaders have come to Utah to press the flesh, plot strategies, and kiss babies in an effort to close the gap between the president and the people.
You will be delighted with fascinating stories and anecdotes from American presidents' memorable visits from the time of the presidential Pullman railroad car to today's Air Force One. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this photographically rich book is worth millions. With more than 500 historical photographs — some never before published — and dozens of pieces of interesting memorabilia, this well-researched visual history highlights the warmth and hospitality of the people of the Beehive State. You may even find a photo of your grandfather, uncle, cousin, mother, or father in the crowd surrounding a visiting president. So sit back and enjoy this engaging book for a few minutes or a few hours, because history has never been more enjoyable.
Two documentary programs: When the White House Comes to Zion and A Pictorial History of U.S. Presidential Visits to Utah
Featuring commentary from: Mike Winder, Ronald L. Fox, Michael O. Leavitt, Jake Garn, Orrin Hatch, Deedee Corradini, Dave Hansen, Ralph Becker, Oscar McConkie, Dick Richards, Norma Matheson and Michael Kearns
- Size: 9" x 12"
- Pages: 244
- Published: October 2011
- DVD Run Time: approx. 80 minutes
- Region: All
About the Authors
Mike Winder is the author of nine published books, including the regional bestseller Presidents and Prophets: The Story of America’s Presidents and the LDS Church. He has presented academic papers as part of the Abraham Lincoln Sesquicentennial and has been published in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal. He was twice appointed to the Utah Board of State History by Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. and is a member of the Mormon History Association, Ronald Reagan Club, and Center for the Study of the Presidency He is also a lifetime member of the Utah Historical Society.
Winder has an honors B.A. in history and a master’s in business administration from the University of Utah and has completed executive programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He resides with his wife, Karyn, and their four children in West Valley City, Utah, where he serves as the city’s mayor. He also keeps busy as the director of public affairs for The Summit Group Communications, as a strategic advisor for Winder Farms, and as president of the Utah League of Cities and Towns.
Ronald L. Fox is the president of The Fox Group, a public affairs company in Salt Lake City and Washington DC. Since 1972, Fox has been a member of a trusted volunteer force, aiding the White House Advance Office and U.S. State Department Protocol Office as he’s assisted Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush as well as Vice Presidents Quayle, Rockefeller, and Cheney. He has also assisted with the planning and execution of numerous visits of foreign heads of state, including the presidents of China, Ecuador, Brazil, and the Philippines, the King of Sweden, Queen of England, secretary general of the United Nations, Dali Lama, and the Pope. In November of 2002, Fox assisted at the NATO Summit in Prague, Czech Republic, helping coordinate the activities of Mrs. Laura Bush. In 2004, he attended the G-8 Summit held at Sea Island, Georgia, where he was responsible for the presidents of Iraq and Uganda.
While working eleven years in the California State Senate, he and his wife, Linda, helped create the original organization and first chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). In 1992, 1996, and 2000, he was elected a delegate to the Republican National Conventions and was selected to be the 1996 delegation executive director and the platform delegate in 2000. In May of 2000, he was elected a member of the United States Electoral College. In early 1999, he was appointed the State executive director of the George W. Bush for President Committee and was the State vice-chair for Bush/Cheney ’04 in Utah. In 1997 and 2001, he served as the executive director of Governor Leavitt’s inaugural committee.
Fox has been married for thirty-four years to Linda; they have three children: Jennifer Fox Young, Elizabeth Fox Wilson, and Kari Fox Hardy. Fox and his wife reside in North Salt Lake, Utah.
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