Events at the Nixon Library

The Nixon Library hosts many special events and lectures throughout the year.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Meet Bud McFarlane

President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor Comments on the State of the World

12PM Lecture and Audience Q&A

Join Robert “Bud” McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan for a geopolitical tour d’horizon, as he offers commentary on the several challenges to our national security. Topics include a resurgent Russia, the economic and military challenges of an Imperial China, nuclear North Korea and Iran, and the immigration challenges posed for Europe by the Syrian civil war.

Mr. McFarlane has a distinguished record of public service including ten years in the White House and State Department serving variously as counselor to the Department of State, national security advisor to President Reagan, and military advisor to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.

In the Reagan years, he was the architect of U.S. policies which so stressed the Soviet economy as to bring it down, and in the process accelerated the collapse of Marxism in the former Soviet Union and the first reduction of nuclear weapons in history. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served for 20 years as a Marine officer, was selected as an Olmsted Scholar, holds a Master of Science (License) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and was selected as a White House Fellow.

In recent years, Mr. McFarlane has focused on organizing investment in developing countries, brokering reconciliation between rival Sunni and Shia sects in Iraq, coaching the tribal leaders of Darfur, and leading the United States Energy Security Council, a bipartisan panel of former cabinet officers, senior retired military officers, and senior corporate executives devoted to forging a more coherent national energy policy. Currently he is focused, again with retired four-star military officers and distinguished American diplomats, on the prevention of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Meet Gen. H.R. McMaster

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Featuring Gen. H.R. McMaster in his first public appearance since leaving the Trump administration

President Nixon sought to create a Generation of Peace.

Nearly 50 years after his presidency, has America made progress in advancing President Nixon’s great vision?

This distinguished panel brings together some of the nation’s top policymakers and scholars to discuss American foreign policy and national security in the post-9/11 era.

Former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, H.R. McMaster, will speak on policy development and implementation.

Richard Kohn, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will focus on civil-military relations, while Beth Bailey, of the University of Kansas, will discuss the impact of “endless war” on our nation’s all-volunteer armed forces – another Nixon legacy.

Gregory Daddis of Chapman University’s War and Society program will moderate the discussion.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nixon Foundation Members Party and Picnic


Join us for a special evening of live music, food and fun in the beautiful Pat Nixon Gardens at this exclusive members-only event!

You will be joined by former aide to President Nixon, Frank Gannon, who will explore and discuss the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s historic 1968 campaign and victory in the presidential election.

The 1968 election is the focus of a new special exhibit at the Nixon Library titled, “Vote Like Your Whole World Depended On It: The Story of the 1968 Election.”

Saturday, September 29th

5:30 pm — Doors open

5:30-6:30 pm — Museum Tours

6:00 pm — Live Jazz Music by Saxophonist Rob Verdi

6:30 pm — Dinner served

7:00 pm — Remarks and Q&A with former Nixon aide, Frank Gannon

7:30-8:30 pm — Museum Tours

Tickets: $30 per person

Includes buffet dinner provided by Blue Agave and two drink tickets per person.

Additional drinks available at cash bar.

Members may bring guests. Seating will be provided.

Please register for this event here. 

To become a Member or for more information, please contact Anne Brown at or 714-364-1161.

You must pre-register for tour times. There is a tour capacity of 20 guests per tour.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Meet Hendrik Meijer

Author of “Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century”

7PM Lecture, Audience Q&A and Book Signing

The idea that a Senator—Republican or Democrat—would put the greater good of the country ahead of party seems nearly impossible to imagine in our current climate of gridlock and divisiveness. But this hasn’t always been the case. Arthur H. Vandenberg (1884–1951), Republican from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the model of a consensus builder, and the coalitions he spearheaded continue to form the foundation of American foreign and domestic policy today. Edward R. Murrow called him “the central pivot of the entire era,” yet, despite his significance, Vandenberg has never received the full public attention he is due—until now. With this authoritative biography, Hendrik Meijer reveals how Vandenberg built and nurtured the bipartisan consensus that created the American Century.

Hendrik Meijer worked as a reporter and editor before joining Meijer, Inc., where he is executive chairman. He is the author of a biography of his grandfather, “Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer” and is the executive producer of the documentary, “America’s Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg.”


Monday, October 15, 2018

Meet Todd Purdum

Author of “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution”

7PM Lecture, Audience Q&A and Book Signing

A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century.

They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals “Oklahoma!”, “Carousel”, “South Pacific”, “The King and I”, and “The Sound of Music”, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.

Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.

Todd S. Purdum is the author of “An Idea Whose Time Has Come” and “A Time of Our Choosing.” He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico, having previously worked at The New York Times for more than twenty years, where he served as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, and their two children, Kate and Stephen.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tucker Carlson at the Nixon Library

Tucker Carlson at the nixon Library

Host of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Author of Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution

Join one of cable television’s most prominent voices as Tucker offers his signature fearless and funny commentary in the Nixon Library’s East Room.

Tucker has hosted primetime programs on CNN, PBS, and MSNBC and co-founded The Daily Caller.


Special VIP Offer:

Join as a President’s Society member and receive two tickets to the exclusive VIP reception with Tucker Carlson, priority reserved parking and seating at the event, two copies of Ship of Fools, and membership benefits for one year. Contact Nicole Parsons for details at

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Meet C.J. Chivers

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Pulitzer winning New York Times Reporter and Author of “The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq”

12PM Lecture, Audience Q&A and Book Signing

Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers’ unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars.

More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. “The Fighters” vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.

Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, and ultimately their suffering, frustration, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared.

C.J. Chivers is a correspondent for The New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. His magazine story “The Fighter” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Chivers served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps in the Persian Gulf War and on peacekeeping duty during the Los Angeles riots.