More than 50 Nixon administration officials and their families gathered at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California for a homecoming reunion and to formally dedicate the new museum.
The dedication included the unveiling of the final piece of the new museum, a plaque that recognizes the leadership of the Nixon Centennial Legacy Campaign and the management, design and construction partners of the project. The plaque was unveiled by Nixon Foundation Chairman Ron Walker, Nixon Foundation President and CEO William Baribault and Nixon Library Director Michael Ellzey.
In addition to the reunion and dedication, former officials and historians participated in two engaging panels on the Nixon legacy.
The first, The Final Comeback: Nixon in the Post-Presidency, featured Col. Jack Brennan, post presidential chief-of-staff (1975-1980); Frank Gannon, chief editorial assistant for RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon; and Ken Khachigian, chief researcher for RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon and the Nixon/Frost interviews.
The panel was moderated by Hugh Hewitt, the first executive director of Nixon Library and Foundation. The panel will air on C-SPAN American History TV on a later date.
The second panel, Nixon’s Grand Strategy: How the 37th President Shaped America’s Role in the World, featured Richard V. Allen, Nixon national security aide and Reagan national security advisor; Niall Ferguson, historian and Kissinger biographer; Winston Lord, Nixon national security aide and former ambassador to China and Luke Nichter, Nixon historian and expert on the White House tapes. The program was moderated by Gregory Daddis, director of Chapman University’s MA program on war and society.
View photos from the Nixon Alumni Reunion and Museum Dedication here: