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, December 7, 2016

Jay Solomon, Wall St Journal Chief Foreign Correspondent

Jay Solomon



Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent at THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Author of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

One of America’s top national security journalists explores the decades-long power struggle between Iran and The United States that led to the highly-debated nuclear deal.

Jay Solomon’s book is the product of extensive in-depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict—from high-ranking Iranian officials to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team. With a reporter’s masterly investigative eye and the narrative dexterity of a great historian, Solomon shows how Iran’s nuclear development went unnoticed for years by the international community only to become its top security concern.


Monday, January 9, 2017

President Nixon’s Birthday Commemoration

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Commemorate the 104th birthday of America’s 37th President with special events at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Admission to the Nixon Library is free and open to the public all day.

11 AM: Presidential Wreath Laying at the Memorial Site of Richard Nixon

  • Laying of a memorial wreath sent from President Barack Obama
  • Remarks by Navy Captain Noel J. Dahlke, Commanding Officer, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach
  • Formal Presentation of the Colors

1 PM: Annual Nixon Legacy Lecture with Ben Stein

The renowned actor known for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Wonder Years and Win Ben Stein’s Money, was a speechwriter in the Nixon administration. He’ll talk his experiences knowing and working with RN.

* RSVP does not guarantee seating.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Watch the Inauguration at the Nixon Library

Watch the Inauguration – Live C-SPAN Stream

PLUS: Pat Nixon’s Inauguration Day coat goes on display for the first time.

Friday, January 20 — Doors open at 8:00 a.m. PST

Witness the swearing in of America’s 45th President at the presidential library of the 37th President.

The Nixon Library will live stream the Inaugural swearing in ceremony and parade via C-SPAN beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST on Friday, January 20th. The public is invited to watch the C-SPAN stream free of charge in the Library’s 300-seat newly renovated Theater 37.

Guests will also enjoy 2-for-1 admission to the museum all day.

Additionally, the Nixon Library will display – for the first time – the 1969 Inauguration Day coats worn by First Lady Pat Nixon, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

A collection of Inauguration Day artifacts will also be on display, including Inaugural invitations, press passes and ceremony tickets from FDR to Obama.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. The live broadcast at the Nixon Library will air until 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Meet Michael Medved

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Lecture and Book Signing

Author of The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic

Nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, political commentator and veteran film critic Michael Medved returns to the Nixon Library to talk his new book, The American Miracle.

While millions worry over the nation losing its way, Medved’s sweeping narrative, bursting with dramatic events and lively portraits of unforgettable, occasionally little-known characters, affirms America as “fortune’s favorite,” shaped by a distinctive destiny from our beginnings to the present day.

In The American Miracle, bestselling author and radio host Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America’s rise to prosperity and power, revealing a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders believed all along: that events unfolded according to some master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness.

Medved’s daily broadcast ranks among the top ten political talk shows in the US—reaching over 3.5 million listeners on nearly 200 stations across the country.

If you are unable to attend, click here to order autographed copies and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet John Avlon

John Avlon
Lecture and Book Signing


Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and CNN Political Analyst

Daily Beast Editor John Avlon is coming to the Nixon Library to talk the vision of America’s first president, the topic of his new book, Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.

Avlon will also discuss his experience covering the 2016 election and what’s to come in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

The discussion is free to attend and will be followed by a book signing. Seating if first-come, first served.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Nixon’s Grand Strategy – Panel Discussion


Panel: Nixon’s Grand Strategy: How the 37th President Shaped America’s Role in the World


When a new President of the United States is inaugurated, what tools does he use and what strategies does he employ to accomplish his vision and policy goals for the country – and the world?

A revealing presentation featuring senior White House national security officials, as well as noted Cold War historians, sheds light on these crucial aspects of leadership and statecraft – and how they continue to impact every American today.

White House National Security aides and Cold War scholars will discuss President Nixon’s statesmanship, and how he envisioned America’s role as world leader, and its relations with other great powers.

Topics will include the evolution of RN’s thinking on foreign policy and governing philosophy, and how he ultimately dealt with the global challenges of the time — from the opening of China, and arms control and detente with the Soviet Union, to the end of the Vietnam War and establishing a road map for Middle East peace.

Richard V. Allen
Senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford. Head of the foreign affairs issues team during the 1968 Nixon campaign, and senior member of the National Security Council in the Nixon administration. In 1971, he became deputy of the newly created Council on International Economic Policy. He went on to serve as national security advisor to President Ronald Reagan.

Niall Ferguson
Senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fourteen books including “Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist.” He is currently at work on his second volume of the acclaimed Kissinger biography.

Winston Lord
Special Assistant on the White House National Security Council, and accompanied President Nixon and Dr. Kissinger on the historic trips to China and Russia. He went on to serve as State Department director of policy planning under President Nixon, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, ambassador to the People’s Republic of China under President Ronald Reagan and assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Luke Nichter
Associate professor of history at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, and a noted expert on President Nixon’s 3,451 hours of White House tapes. He is a New York Times bestselling author/editor of six books, including Richard Nixon and Europe: The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World and, with historian Douglas Brinkley, of the two volume The Nixon Tapes.

Gregory Daddis, Moderator
Associate professor of history, director of Chapman University’s MA Program in War and Society, and author. He joined the Chapman University History Department in the summer of 2015 after having served as the Chief of the American History Division in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. A retired US Army colonel, he has served in both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He specializes in the history of the Vietnam Wars and the Cold War era.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Meet Bret Baier

Lecture and Book Signing

Fox News Chief Political Anchor and Host of Special Report with Bret Baier

Author of Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission

Bret Baier illuminates the extraordinary yet underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower in his soon-to-be bestseller on Ike’s final days in office.

He masterfully casts the period between Eisenhower’s now-prophetic farewell address on the evening of January 17, 1961, and Kennedy’s inauguration on the afternoon of January 20 as the closing act of one of modern America’s greatest leaders — during which Eisenhower urgently sought to prepare both the country and the next president for the challenges ahead.

Baier makes clear that Eisenhower, an often forgotten giant of U.S. history, still offers vital lessons for our own time and stands as a lasting example of political leadership at its most effective and honorable.

Bret’s show Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights 6-7PM/ET), is the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top four shows in cable news.


If you are unable to attend, click here to order autographed copies and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidents Day Celebration

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Meet a Mount Rushmore of Presidents with a day of family-friendly activities at the Nixon Library.

Photos with Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt

11AM: Presidential speechwriter James Humes, author of Presidents and Their Pens

2 PM: Concert by the renowned Air Force Band of the Golden West

3 PM: Presidential aide Michael Balzano, author of Building A New Majority

PLUS: The first 300 visitors receive a free slice of cherry pie compliments of Polly’s Pies.

Seating is first-come, first-served for all programs. RSVP does not guarantee a seat.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Meet Hugh Hewitt

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Author of The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority

Talk radio superstar and one of today’s top political voices returns to the Nixon Library to discuss President Trump’s first 100 days and his new book The Fourth Way.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

Books will be sold at the Nixon Library Museum Store the evening of the event.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Celebrate Pat Nixon’s Birthday

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Free Admission All Day

11 AM: Award-winning television host and best selling author Maureen Nunn will share her historical impression of First Lady Pat Nixon. Maureen is a longtime Nixon family friend. Her mother and Mrs. Nixon shared a long and enduring friendship.

This fascinating program will cover Mrs. Nixon’s time as America’s Ambassador of Goodwill and one of the most influential First Ladies.