Events at the Nixon Library

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

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sven Kraemer, Author of “Inside the Cold War from Marx to Reagan”


Sven Kraemer, Author of Inside the Cold War from Marx to Reagan

Lecture and Book Signing

Free Event Admission

The author of Inside the Cold War from Marx to Reagan, an unprecedented new guide to the roots, history, strategies and key official documents of the Cold War, will discuss: Richard Nixon’s “Détente” Cold War Strategy in Historical Context and Lessons for Today.

Sven Kraemer brings a unique historical perspective to his understanding of Richard Nixon’s Cold War strategy of “détente.” Educated at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley, he served as a US civil servant in eight administrations with six presidents, including on the National Security Council staff in the White House with Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan and eight National Security Advisors. He also served in the Office Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and GW Bush administrations and in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate and House.

Books will be available for purchase from the Nixon Library Museum Store.

Moderated by Luke A. Nichter, Nixon tapes expert and professor of history at Texas A&M University.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meet Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden


Author of Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

Free Event Admission

The first battle thriller from Mark Bowden since his #1 bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a significant turning point in the Vietnam War.

In conversation with Dr. Gregory Daddis, Director of the M.A. Program in War and Society at Chapman University.


Monday, October 23, 2017

“Nixon and Europe,” A Lecture with Luke Nichter


Luke Nichter

Lecture and Book Signing

White House Tapes expert and author of Richard Nixon and Europe: The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World

Free Event Admission

The U.S.-European relationship remains the closest and most important alliance in the world. Since 1945, successive American presidents each put their own touches on transatlantic relations, but the literature has reached only into the presidency of Lyndon Johnson (1963-9).

This first study of transatlantic relations during the era of Richard Nixon shows a complex, turbulent period during which the postwar period came to an end, and the modern era came to be on both sides of the Atlantic in terms of political, economic, and military relations.

Luke A. Nichter is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, and a noted expert on the Nixon tapes. His current book project is Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment, to be published by Yale University Press. Luke is also the co-author, with Douglas Brinkley, of the New York Times bestseller The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 and sequel volume, entitled The Nixon Tapes: 1973.
Luke is a former founding Executive Producer of C-SPAN’s American History TV and his work has appeared in or has been reported on by the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and the Associated Press. His website,, offers free access to all 3,000 hours of publicly released Nixon tapes as a public service.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Meet Lee Edwards

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Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty

Lee Edwards is the preeminent historian of the conservative movement. But as this riveting memoir makes clear, he has not simply observed conservatism as a detached scholar; he has been active on the national stage longer than any other conservative in America.
Since committing his life to pro-freedom and anticommunist efforts as a young man in 1956, he has been present at nearly every major event of the modern conservative movement. In his tireless pursuit of liberty, Dr. Edwards has combined politics, policy, and philosophy.
Lee Edwards’s memoir appears at a critical time in the history of American conservatism. In an inspiring final chapter aimed at the rising generation, Dr. Edwards shows how conservatives can remain a major political and philosophical force in America.

He is the distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Panel Discussion: Emmett Till

Panel Discussion: Emmett Till


  • Devery Anderson, author of Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement
  • Wheeler Parker, cousin of Emmett Till and eyewitness to Till’s kidnapping
  • Alex Foster, executive producer of the upcoming mini series based on Anderson’s book
  • Frank Gannon (moderator), former White House Special Assistant to President Nixon

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.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Lecture: “Whiplash: JFK to Donald Trump: A Political Odyssey”

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Arnold Steinberg

Author of “Whiplash: JFK to Donald Trump: A Political Odyssey”

Free Event Admission

In this engaging and provocative political memoir, Arnold Steinberg provides an insider’s look into the often widely misunderstood history and nature of political conservatism in American politics, ever since its initial stirrings in the 1950s down to why today’s Generation X has begun to turn against big government and political correctness. His Nixon Library presentation will feature commentary about President Nixon’s political career including the opening to China, aide to Israel during the Yom Kippur War, the end of the military draft, and Civil Rights programs.

Steinberg, a strategist and analyst, wrote two classic graduate textbooks on politics and media. He is a veteran of hundreds of national, state, and local political campaigns, including U.S. Senator James L. Buckley of New York. Over several decades, he has been widely published in magazines, newspapers and online. Sternberg has been interviewed for many publications and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs. He started in broadcasting as a student panelist for Fred Friendly’s Public Broadcasting Laboratory, the precursor for national public television.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Meet Brian Kilmeade

Meet Brian Kilmeade

Author of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny


Fox News host and New York Times bestselling author, Brian Kilmeade, returns to the Nixon Library to talk his next American history page-turner on Andrew Jackson and one of the most pivotal–and surprising–battles in American history.

Kilmeade will sign copies of Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny following the lecture.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

William F. Buckley and the Presidents – Lecture with Alvin Felzenberg

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Alvin Felzenberg

Author of, “A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.”

Free Event Admission

William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. In this nuanced biography, Alvin Felzenberg sheds light on little-known aspects of Buckley’s career, including his role as back-channel adviser to policy makers, his intimate friendships and influence with Presidents, his changing views on civil rights, and his break with George W. Bush over the Iraq War.

Felzenberg demonstrates how Buckley conveyed his message across multiple platforms and drew upon his vast network of contacts, his personal charm, his extraordinary wit, and his celebrity status to move the center of political gravity in the United States closer to his point of view. Including many rarely seen photographs, this account of one of the most compelling personalities of American politics will appeal to conservatives, liberals, and even the apolitical.

Alvin S. Felzenberg served in two presidential administrations and was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and is the author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t). He lives in Washington, DC.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charlotte Pence and Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States

Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, and daughter, Charlotte Pence

A lively discussion between mother and daughter!

Join us for the West Coast launch of Karen and Charlotte Pence’s much-anticipated children’s book, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President at the Nixon Library!

The delightful story — told through the eyes of the Pence family’s famous pet bunny Marlon Bundo — was written by Charlotte Pence and beautifully illustrated with watercolors by the Second Lady herself.

Proceeds from the book will be donated to Tracy’s Kids, an art-therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and A21, a nonprofit aimed at ending sex trafficking.

Click here to get two free tickets for the event by joining the Nixon Foundation as a new member ($125 or above).


Advanced General Admission Ticket: $53

Foundation Member Ticket: $43


  • General admission seating in East Room, a copy of the cook and access to Signing with Karen and Charlotte Pence.

*President’s Society VIP Dual Package: $175


  • Two Preferred Seats at the East Room program and one copy of the book
  • Access for two to the exclusive reception with Charlotte and Karen Pence at 6PM, a personalized book signing, photo opportunity, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres

*President’s Society VIP Individual: $100


  • One Preferred Seat at the East Room program and one copy of the book
  • Access for one to an exclusive reception with Charlotte and Karen Pence at 6PM, a personalized book signing, photo opportunity, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres

*Open to President’s Society members only. Not a member? Click here to join the President’s Society and receive one complimentary ticket to the VIP reception.

Child’s Ticket (12 and under): $20

Includes Access to the Charlotte and Karen Pence East Room Program.



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lecture and Luncheon with Ben Stein

Ben Stein
Lecture and Luncheon with Ben Stein

Author of The Capitalist Code: It Can Save Your Life and Make You Very Rich

Tuesday, April 3 at 11:30 am

In his entertaining and informative style that has captivated generations, beloved New York Times bestselling author, actor, and financial expert Ben Stein sets the record straight about capitalism in the United States.

$35 ticket – Member

$45 ticket – General Admission

Includes lunch and a signed copy of The Capitalist Code.

Join as a Peacemaker Member ($500) and receive 4 complimentary tickets to the lunch, contact Anne Brown at for more details.