Last May the Richard Nixon Foundation introduced the American Civics Campaign

This Campaign is a multi-part effort to inspire our fellow Americans with civics and history education. Alarmingly, one-third U.S. adults cannot name all three branches of government. 

On April 10, 2024, plans to expand the Nixon Library’s footprint —to ensure that it remains an active, populated center of educational advancement— took an important step forward with the Yorba Linda Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of the planned Special Exhibition Hall. This new building —planned for the vacant northwest corner of the campus— will add 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, archival repository space, and parking to the nine-acre campus. 

KTGY of Irvine, California designed the Special Exhibition Hall and will serve as the building architect. 

The land on which the Special Exhibition Hall will be built was donated by Josie Abplanalp, widow of Robert Abplanalp, longtime friends of President and Mrs. Nixon and the Nixon family. 

Through the American Civics Campaign, the Nixon Foundation has secured the funds for the Special Exhibition Hall and plans to have the building ready in time for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. The American Civics Campaign encompasses a quadrupling of educational exhibition space, the preservation of President Nixon’s iconic Marine One helicopter and the presidential limousine, and the establishment of an immersive, hands-on American Civics Center. This transformative initiative is designed to cater to the educational needs of students, scholars, and researchers on a global scale.

Learn more about the American Civics Campaign here. 

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