Events at the Nixon Library

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

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Commemorate Memorial Day



Commemorate Memorial Day

By Paying Tribute to POW heroes and their families

Monday, May 27


Honor the American military this memorial day by paying special tribute to POWs and their families.

10 AM: Wreath Laying at the Memorials of President and Mrs. Nixon

11 AM: Panel with POW Wives from the Vietnam War

Panelists include POW wives Jenny Connell Robertson and Patsy Crayton, as well as historian Heath Hardage Lee, author of The League of Wives, the first in-depth look at the political power of POW spouses, who ignored social protocol to help free their husbands.

Moderated by Audrey Coleman, curator of The League of Wives, a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Robert J. Dole Institute.

2 PM: Placentia Symphonic Band Concert

The highly popular and renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will perform its classic repertoire of All-American favorites in the East Room. This will be the 50th performance of the band at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. The Placentia Symphonic Band has a long relationship with the Nixon Foundation and regularly performs at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.

Paid admission is required to tour the museum galleries and Apollo 11 special exhibit. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Senator Tom Cotton at the Nixon Library

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Senator Tom Cotton

Lecture and Book Signing at the Nixon Library

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 7:30 PM

Before he was the U.S. Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment— “The Old Guard” — on combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Join us on May 29, 2019 as Senator Cotton discusses his new book Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, an extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery.

The program will be moderated by incoming Nixon Foundation President Hugh Hewitt.

General Admission: $45
Nixon Foundation Members: $35
President’s Society Member VIP Reception: $75

Event admission includes an autographed copy of Sacred Duty!



An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s
Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America.

Cotton was a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment—The Old Guard—between combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of the Iraq Surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington’s famed Section 60, “the saddest acre in America.” He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The Old Guard has embodied the ideals of honor and sacrifice across our nation’s history. America’s oldest active-duty regiment, dating back to 1784, The Old Guard conducts daily military-honor funerals on the 624 rolling acres of Arlington, where generations of American heroes rest. Its soldiers hold themselves to the standard of perfection in sweltering heat, frigid cold, and driving rain. Every funeral is a no-fail, zero-defect mission, whether honoring a legendary general or a humble private.

In researching and writing the book, Cotton returned to Arlington and shadowed the regiment’s soldiers, from daily funerals to the state funeral of President George H. W. Bush to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reliving the honor—and the challenges—of duty at the nation’s “most sacred shrine.”=

Part history of The Old Guard, part memoir of Cotton’s time at Arlington, part intimate profile of today’s soldiers, Sacred Duty is an unforgettable testament to the timeless power of service and sacrifice to our nation.

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between combat tours, he served with the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment (“The Old Guard”) at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He served one term in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate.


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Frank Luntz at the Nixon Library


A Conversation with Frank Luntz

Global Perspective on Politics, Economics, and Getting Along

Focus Group Discussion with International Students,
and Audience Q&A


In partnership with Frank Luntz, pollster, communications expert, political commentator, and CEO of Luntz Global, the Nixon Foundation will host 16 university students from around the world for an exclusive engagement at the Nixon Library.

Luntz will moderate the focus group with international students — all top of their classes and future leaders of their respective countries — to hear their perspectives on politics, global security, and the prospects for democracy throughout the world. The international students are all studying at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus.

This will be a program of active audience participation.  Throughout the televised live stream, Luntz will invite general audience members to ask questions of the students.

During this program, Luntz will unveil for the first time his “21 Words of Diplomacy” initiative.

Click Here to Register.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Journeying with the Nixons


Join us for a Historic VIP Tour of the Nixons’ Wedding Location

at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA on June 7th

Join the President’s Society for a unique look at Presidential history and the venue of the Nixons’ wedding on June 21, 1940, the Mission Inn in Riverside, California.
This VIP/ private tour of the Mission Inn, which is a national historic landmark will be docent-led and highlight the historic significance of many Presidential visits and celebrities who stayed and visited at the hotel. Members will be greeted with a champagne reception prior to the walking tour, which lasts approximately 75 minutes.
A cocktail reception with the signature Nixon Cocktail will be served with a buffet lunch in the famous Spanish art gallery. A docent will speak more about the famous art at the inn during lunch time.
More details below:
When: Friday, June 7
Where: Mission Inn in Riverside, Ca
Time: Charter bus leaves the Richard Nixon Library promptly at 9am. Return to Library at 4pm
Cost: $150 per person (includes tour, two receptions, transportation and lunch)
The event is open to President’s Society members only, to join the President’s Society, please contact Nicole Thies at
Limit two tickets per President’s Society membership. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Meet Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel Harry Stewart


Meet Tuskegee Airman

Lt. Colonel Harry Stewart

Monday, June 10 | 7:00 PM

Free Admission

Meet Tuskegee Airman Lt. Colonel Harry Stewart, Author of Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman’s Firsthand Account of WWII. In Conversation with co-author Philip Handleman.

He had to sit in a segregated rail car on the journey to Army basic training in Mississippi in 1943. But two years later, the twenty-year-old African American from New York was at the controls of a P-51 Mustang, prowling for Luftwaffe aircraft at five thousand feet over the Austrian countryside. By the end of World War II, he had done something that nobody could take away from him:

He had become an American hero.

This is the remarkable true story of Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr., one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Meet Teasel Muir-Harmony, National Air & Space Museum Curator

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Meet Teasel Muir-Harmony,

National Air & Space Museum Curator

Thursday, June 13 | 7:00 PM

Free Admission

Author of Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects

A fascinating collection of 50 key artifacts from the Smithsonian archives that tell the story of the groundbreaking space exploration program

Book Foreword by Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

Bold photographs, fascinating graphics, and engaging stories commemorate the 20th century’s most important space endeavor:

Muirharmony smallNASA’s Apollo program to reach the moon. From the lunar rover and a survival kit to space food and moon rocks, it’s a carefully curated array of objects–complete with intriguing back stories and profiles of key participants.

This book showcases the historic space exploration program that landed humans on the moon, advanced the world’s capabilities for space travel and revolutionized our sense of humanity’s place in the universe. Each historic accomplishment is symbolized by a different object, from a Russian stamp honoring Yuri Gagarin and plastic astronaut action figures to the Apollo 11 command module, piloted by Michael Collins as Armstrong and Aldrin made the first moonwalk, together with the monumental art inspired by these moon missions. Throughout, Apollo to the Moon also tells the story of people who made the journey possible: the heroic astronauts as well as their supporters, including President John F. Kennedy, newsman Walter Cronkite, and NASA scientists such as Margaret Hamilton.

“I was there – and you can be, too, in this unique book of pictures and stories about the Apollo missions” – Buzz Aldrin

Teasel Muir-Harmony is a historian of science and technology and curator of the Apollo Spacecraft Collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She earned a Ph.D. from MIT and held positions at the American Institute of Physics and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. Muir-Harmony’s current research project focuses on the history of space diplomacy, examining how Project Apollo shaped and mediated the United States’ role on the global stage.




Thursday, July 4, 2019

2019 Fourth of July Celebration at the Nixon Library

July 4th

Sunday, June 30 – – FREE Performance by the Huntington Beach Concert Band at Noon


Thursday, July 4th – – Celebrate Independence Day!

Witness history with Revolutionary War encampments and battle skirmishes featuring real musket fire!

Meet the men and women of America’s Founding
Including General George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Betsy Ross and General Charles Cornwallis

Hear Benjamin Franklin give educational presentations on Militia Bullet Casting and Colonial Printing

Learn about the Colonial Congress and formation of the United States!


Special Thanks to Polly’s Pies

10:30am – Library Welcome and a Revolutionary War Skirmish

Special opening remarks and a simulated skirmish between the British Redcoats and Continental Militia in the Library’s gardens next to President Nixon’s Birthplace 

*WARNING* Loud Noises & Simulated Gunfire

11:30am – “Words at War”

Colonial Printing & Casting program in the Cabinet Room with Dr. Benjamin Franklin 

12:00pm – Placentia Symphonic Band – – FREE CONCERT ADMISSION! 

Patriotic favorites of the renowned Placentia Symphonic Band in the East Room

1:30pm – “Words at War”

Colonial Printing & Casting program in the Cabinet Room with Dr. Benjamin Franklin 

2:15pm – Heroes in History Panel & Discussion

Learn the history of America’s Independence and hear Revolutionary War stories from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, British General Cornwallis, and Dr. Benjamin Franklin 

4:00pm – Skirmish on the East Lawn

A final engagement between the British Redcoats and the Continental Militia in the Library’s Gardens next to President Nixon’s Birthplace 

*WARNING* Loud Noises & Simulated Gunfire

All Day!

Meet and take pictures with President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson, and Dr. Benjamin Franklin.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration Presented by AT&T



Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
Presented by AT&T

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


Schedule of Events:

8:00 AM: LIBRARY PARKING LOT: Space Race 5K Ignition start (must register to run)

10:00 AM: LIBRARY ENTRANCE: Earth to Moon opening ceremony

10:30 AM: THEATER 37: Hear from original 1969 AT&T Supervisor Doug Paul who helped make President Richard Nixon’s historic phone call from the Oval Office to the Moon possible.

11:00 AM: LIBRARY ENTRANCE: Drone Demonstration

12:00 PM: THEATER 37: Meet Apollo 11 Crew Historian Francis French

1:30 PM: THEATER 37: Meet SpaceX Life Support Systems Engineer Jason Silverman

3:00 PM: THEATER 37: Screening of the new documentary “Apollo 11”

7:30 PM: WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM: “Earth to Moon: Celebrating the Longest Distance Phone Call in History”
Hear from the officials who were in the White House when President Nixon called Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon! Seating is limited for this program. Must RSVP here to attend the 7:30 PM program.

‘Out of this world’ Activities All Day:

  • Recreate the famous photo of President Nixon greeting the Apollo 11 Crew in the Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet – Presented by Airstream Inc.
  • Gaze up to the heavens in an inflatable planetarium – Presented by Mobile Ed
  • Experience an SR-71 Space Suit Demonstration – Presented by NASA
  • Learn Aerodynamic Engineering building your own straw rocket – Presented by Discovery Cube OC
  • Launch your own Alka Seltzer Rocket – Presented by Pretend City
  • Enjoy 3D printing and STEM demonstrations – Presented by UC Irvine
  • Learn the power of propulsion building a compressor powered rocket – Presented by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Explore the skies with Solar Telescopes – Presented by Meade Instruments

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Space Race: 5K Event

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The Space Race is ON at the Nixon Library
July 20th, 2019!

This race is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the kick-off to a day of family fun. Racers are encouraged to dress in their best spacesuits — or any other out of this world costume! — for this race which will follow a moderate course that is accessible for runners of all levels. Strollers welcome!

HUGE VALUE! Registration includes bibs, timing, commemorative race shirt, an exclusive 3D Apollo 11 themed medal, and entry to the all-day festival to follow, featuring live entertainment, space and science activities, giveaways, food trucks, and more!

PLUS! Registration cost also includes admission to the all new Apo11o Special Exhibit which includes rarely seen artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission!

Sign up today to save your spot for a race of intergalactic proportions. Early bird pricing is ending soon!

Children 4 and under: FREE*

Children (5yrs – 14 yrs): $35

Adults: $50

Blast off is at 8AM!

Click here To Register NOW!


 NOTE: This race will blast-off and splash down at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

*Children 4 years and under are invited to participate at no cost, however they will NOT receive a bib, timing, shirt, or medal.

Special thanks to our community partners:

Apola - Stamp Round

Apola Gyro Grill, 18427 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Offer: 10% off total bill with Museum admission sticker or receipt. Not valid with any other specials or offers.




Tuesday, July 23, 2019

50th Anniversary: Apollo 11 Splashdown Celebration Dinner


50th Anniversary

Apollo 11 Splashdown Celebration Dinner:

An Evening with Legendary Astronaut

Buzz Aldrin

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM Reception | 6:30 PM Dinner

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s extraordinary splashdown to planet earth.

The greatest comeback in history!

And presentation of the Foundation’s Richard Nixon Greatest Comeback Award


Honorary Chairs

Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward Cox

Julie Nixon Eisenhower and David Eisenhower

Christopher Nixon Cox

Melanie Eisenhower

Vice Chairs

Lisa Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation

Donald R. Beall

Esther and James Cavanaugh

Betsy and Hugh Hewitt

Colleen and Buck Johns

Ray Maggi

Host Committee

Steve Craig

Kathy and John Hamilton

Maralou and Jerry Harrington

Lawrence Higby

Heather and Martin A. Klein III

Joann Leatherby

Richard (Sandy) Quinn

Dr. Daniele Struppa

Ruth B. Shannon

Individual ticket pricing begins at $500. For purchasing options, or to support the Splashdown Celebration,

contact Anne Brown at 714-364-1161 or