Events at the Nixon Library

The Nixon Library hosts a variety of special events, exhibits, lectures and concerts throughout the year.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Commemorate Memorial Day at the Nixon Library

Memorial Day 2017
Free Event Admission

11:00 AM Ceremony

  • Remarks by Retired Army Colonel Robert M. Kirila, former Deputy Commander of the 7th Special Forces Group
  • Presentation of the Colors
  • Performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
  • Formal wreath laying

Noon Concert

The popular and renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will be presenting its Annual Memorial Day Concert in the East Room at 12:00pm. Admission is Free.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Meet Tom Ricks

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Meet Tom Ricks

Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and national security expert, will discuss his new book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, a dual biography of two men whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet Admiral James Stavridis


Meet Admiral James Stavridis

Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Sea Power – Large Print: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

11AM Lunch

12 Noon Lecture

The four-star Navy admiral—one of the most admired of his generation—and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe will take us on a voyage through the seven seas, recounting remarkable tales of the power of the U.S. Navy in his new book Sea Power.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meet Robert O’Neill


Meet Robert O’Neill at the Nixon Library

Lecture and Book Signing

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Devery Anderson, Author of “Emmett Till”

Devery Anderson – Talk and Book Signing

Author of Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement

Devery Anderson offers the first truly comprehensive account of the 1955 murder and its aftermath.

It tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. Anderson utilizes documents that had never been available to previous researchers, such as the trial transcript, long-hidden depositions by key players in the case, and interviews given by Carolyn Bryant to the FBI in 2004 (her first in fifty years), as well as other recently revealed FBI documents. Anderson also interviewed family members of the accused killers, most of whom agreed to talk for the first time, as well as several journalists who covered the murder trial in 1955.

This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come.