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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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nixon and the Challenge of Vietnam

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Nixon and the Challenge of Vietnam

Discussions on President Nixon’s Public Speeches 

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library will host a facilitated panel discussion on President Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. The evening event will feature a moderator and four esteemed panelists from around the country who will discuss President Nixon’s public policy speeches on the Vietnam War that were telecast from the White House into living rooms around the country between 1969 and 1973.

“The topic of the Vietnam War and the role of the presidencies and their administrations in prosecuting the conflict is very timely given the recent documentary series, The Vietnam War, premiered by PBS this past September,” states Nixon Library Director Michael Ellzey. “Our goal at the Library is to bring together and feature a wide variety of perspectives and viewpoints from academics, writers and researchers of the era, to enable a better collective understanding of the history of the conflict, U.S. involvement, the antiwar movement and the search for peace – a debate that continues more than 40 years later – surrounding arguably the most controversial war in our nation’s history.”

Dr. Gregory Daddis, associate professor of history and director of Chapman University’s MA program in War and Society, will moderate the panel of the nation’s top Vietnam Scholars, including Dr. James H. Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas;  Dr. Robert K. Brigham, Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College; Bob Bostock, speechwriter for elected officials and senior executives and research assistant for President Nixon on two books; and Duong Van Mia Elliott, Author of The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Sunday, November 12, 2017

Veterans Day Commemoration and Concert – 2017

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Veterans Day Commemoration

FREE EVENT ADMISSION

NOV 11 – 11 AM CEREMONY

  • Formal Presentation of Colors
  • Singing of the National Anthem
  • WWII Captain Jerry Yellin in conversation with Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Wayne Scott
  • Performances by the Villa Park High School Jazz Ensemble, Orange High School Concert Choir, Santa Ana College Singers and Orange Community Master Chorale

NOV 12 – 11 AM: PLACENTIA SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT

The renowned 90-member Placentia Symphonic Band will perform patriotic favorites in the magnificent White House East Room. The concert is free and open to the public.

Admission to the museum sold separately.

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Museum admission prices:

Adults: $16
Seniors (62+): $12
College/Students: $10
Retired Military: $10
Active Military: Free
Youth: $10 Children (ages 5-11): $6
Children (4 and under): Free Members: Free

Friday, November 17, 2017

Waking Up to the China Challenge: Are the U.S. and China Destined for War?

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Waking Up to the China Challenge: Are the U.S. and China Destined for War?

Featuring Dr. Graham Allison, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Free Event Admission

Author of “Destined For War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap”

A discussion on the year in U.S.-China relations featuring one of America’s most perceptive China watchers. In his influential new book, Dr. Allison argues that the United States and China are on a collision course, and the two countries need imaginative leadership and statecraft to avoid future conflict.

Topics of discussion will include President Xi Jinping’s future following the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th Party Congress, the North Korea nuclear threat, trade and economic issues, and the evolving relationship between Presidents Xi and Trump.

Dr. Allison is director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Founding dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Allison has served as assistant secretary of defense and advised the secretaries of defense under every president from Reagan to Obama.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

General David Petraeus – Dinner and Discussion

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General David Petraeus

6:00 PM Reception, 7:15 PM Dinner

Dinner and Discussion in the Magnificent White House East Room

General Petraeus will make his first appearance at the Nixon Library to discuss the foreign policy of the Trump administration.

One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, the Retired Four Star General had a distinguished military career that spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands.

Following his military service, Petraeus led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign, pursued a substantial initiative to increase worldwide intelligence coverage and guided the development of a strategic plan for the Agency.

 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

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Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year!

Included with admission, guests will:

  • Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10 foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels
  • Sit for photos with Santa Claus (One complimentary download included)
  • Delight in live Christmas music by the Long Beach City College Evening Wind Symphony
  • Admire First Lady Pat Nixon’s 1971 Gingerbread House Replica
  • Write letters and sign holiday cards for wounded warriors and Marines at Camp Pendleton
  • Create festive Christmas ornaments to bring home for your tree
  • Decorate sugar cookies and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and coffee
  • PLUS: Discover the history of America’s 37th President in the Nixon Library’s award-winning presidential museum galleries.

These special events are a tribute to First Lady Pat Nixon, her legacy of opening the White House to the American people and her love of Christmas.

Candlelight Evenings are sponsored by Pacific Mercantile Bank.

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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Adult Admission: $29
Child Admission (5-11): $16
Child Admission (under 5): Free

Member Adult Admission: $20
Member Child Admission: $10

Free Parking

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication

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Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication

Free Event Admission

Join the families of Southern California’s military heroes at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum for the annual Hometown Heroes Christmas Tree Dedication on Sunday, December 3 at noon.

More than 40 Gold Star families will be given personally inscribed ornaments honoring their family members who lost their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam.

The program will feature a moving performance of the Band of the California Battalion.

The ornaments will be presented to family members by actor Jack Scalia.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

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Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year!

Included with admission, guests will:

  • Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10 foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels
  • Sit for photos with Santa Claus (One complimentary download included)
  • Delight in live Christmas music by the Pizazz Quartet
  • Admire First Lady Pat Nixon’s 1971 Gingerbread House Replica
  • Write letters and sign holiday cards for wounded warriors and Marines at Camp Pendleton
  • Create festive Christmas ornaments to bring home for your tree
  • Decorate sugar cookies and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and coffee
  • PLUS: Discover the history of America’s 37th President in the Nixon Library’s award-winning presidential museum galleries.

These special events are a tribute to First Lady Pat Nixon, her legacy of opening the White House to the American people and her love of Christmas.

Candlelight Evenings are sponsored by Pacific Mercantile Bank.

REGISTER HERE

 

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.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

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Candlelight Evenings at the Nixon Library

Toy Trains, Santa Claus and White House Traditions

In the spirit of White House Christmas traditions past and present, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is opening its doors after hours for special Candlelight Evenings every Wednesday night this holiday season. New this year!

Included with admission, guests will:

  • Explore the special holiday display, A Whistling White House Wonderland! The exciting fan-favorite exhibit is back with a 10 foot mountain of model trains whistling over bridges and through tunnels
  • Sit for photos with Santa Claus (One complimentary download included)
  • Delight in live Christmas music
  • Admire First Lady Pat Nixon’s 1971 Gingerbread House Replica
  • Write letters and sign holiday cards for wounded warriors and Marines at Camp Pendleton
  • Create festive Christmas ornaments to bring home for your tree
  • Decorate sugar cookies and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa
  • PLUS: Discover the history of America’s 37th President in the Nixon Library’s award-winning presidential museum galleries.

These special events are a tribute to First Lady Pat Nixon, her legacy of opening the White House to the American people and her love of Christmas.

Candlelight Evenings are sponsored by Pacific Mercantile Bank.

REGISTER HERE

 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Meet Brian Kilmeade

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Meet Brian Kilmeade

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

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING

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.

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