Events at the Nixon Library

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

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Author Kasey Pipes at the Nixon Library

afterthefallA Conversation with

Kasey Pipes

Author, After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon


Kasey Pipes, former presidential speechwriter and Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, will discuss his long-awaited biography about Richard Nixon in the President’s post-White House years of 1974 to 1994.

Pipes will discuss how President Nixon, living in virtual exile after resigning from office, became an influential writer and trusted advisor to presidents and world leaders, leveraging his ever-sharp mind, peerless instincts, and deep understanding of the currents of geopolitics.

Pipes argues that Nixon continued to shape the course of U.S. foreign policy, especially with the world’s great powers Russia and China, well after his resignation.

 After the Fall is the gripping and never-before-told story of the most remarkable reversal of fortune in American political history.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

James Hansen at the Nixon Library

FirstManA Conversation with

James Hansen

Author, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong


James Hansen, New York Times bestselling author, will discuss the remarkable life of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.

Hansen’s unparalleled biography of an American icon is called a “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth Century.” It’s based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, and rare access to private documents and family sources.

The Nixon Foundation is producing this program in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the historic Moon Landing.

On April 29, 2019 the Nixon Library opened an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind, which runs through January 12, 2020. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Meet Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, Authors of “Justice on Trial”

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Join authors Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at the Federalist and a contributor to Fox News, and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network and a graduate of Harvard Law School who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court, as they discuss their #1 national bestseller Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. The discussion will be moderated by Nixon Foundation president Hugh Hewitt.

The book has been hailed as the definitive insider’s account of Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, which was crafted using their extraordinary access to more than one hundred key figures—including the president, justices, and senators—in that ferocious political drama.

The Trump presidency opened with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. But the following year, when Trump drew from the same list of candidates for his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the justice being replaced was the swing vote on abortion, and all hell broke loose.

The judicial confirmation process, on the point of breakdown for thirty years, now proved utterly dysfunctional. Unverified accusations of sexual assault became weapons in a ruthless campaign of personal destruction, culminating in the melodramatic hearings in which Kavanaugh’s impassioned defense resuscitated a nomination that seemed beyond saving.

In this thoroughly researched account of Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial confirmation process, which quickly evolved into what the eventual nominee called a “national disgrace” and “circus” by, is examined in hour-by-hour detail. And, as authors Hemingway and Severino warn, that with the stakes of each vacancy incalculably high, the next time a nomination promises to change the balance of the Court the confirmation fight will be even uglier.

General Admission: $10.00

Member Admission: $8.00

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

David Davenport at the Nixon Library


A Conversation with

David Davenport

Author, How Public Policy Became War


Former President of Pepperdine University and current Hoover Institution Research Fellow David Davenport will discuss how in the past half-century American Presidents have declared war on a host of domestic problems — poverty, crime, drugs, terror — as a tactic to exert political will, and carry out their agendas.  

Consequently, he concludes that labeling these initiatives as “wars” created bold, urgent expressions of Executive power, rather than slower, steadier, and deliberative approaches to policymaking. It’s also shifted power away from what was the province of states and Congress, to the Presidency.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Commemorate Patriot’s Day


Commemorate Patriot’s Day

September 11 | 11 AM


Honor Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

A special commemoration ceremony will be held in the White House East Room, and will include patriotic performances by a near 200-member choir and band with participation from the Orange County Fire Authority Pipes and Drums, a formal Presentation of Colors and singing of our National Anthem, and remarks from Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.

Secretary Mineta was the Secretary of Transportation on September 11, 2001. He is credited with the historic grounding of all planes on that day following the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Justice Neil Gorsuch at the Nixon Library

Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch; photograph by Franz Jantzen, 2017.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch will discuss

his new collection of essays about the American Constitution

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch will discuss his new rich collection of essays about the American Constitution, his path to the Supreme Court of the United States, and talk about the duty of the American citizenry to keep their republic strong and free.

Appointed by President Trump in 2017 to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Gorsuch attained a long list of legal and scholarly accomplishments before reaching the nation’s highest court. A graduate of Columbia College (B.A.), Oxford (D. Phil), and Harvard Law School (J.D.), Gorsuch clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, before clerking for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. He’s worked as a lawyer in private practice, and as principal deputy to the associate attorney general, helping to oversee areas of constitutional law, civil rights, and environmental regulation.

In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Justice Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.

Signed copies of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It”  will be in high demand the night of the event and only limited quantity will be available. To ensure you receive a copy, order one at check out when purchasing tickets to attend this event. 


If you cannot attend but want a signed book,
order here and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Seth Blumenthal at the Nixon Library


A Conversation with

Seth Blumenthal

Author, Children of the Silent Majority: Young Voters and the Rise of the Republican Party, 1968-1980

Seth Blumenthal, lecturer at Boston University, will discuss his new book that explores how President Nixon built a political majority after the 1968 election by developing and implementing a forward-thinking, innovative appeal to young voters.

In this regard, the book considers Nixon’s policies on the environment, ending the draft, and lowering the voting age to 18 years old. It also shows how despite pollsters, pundits, and politicians’ expectations that American youth tends to lean left, Nixon’s effort in the 1972 election established a model for youth campaigning that influenced successful GOP strategies in future elections.  

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Friday, September 13, 2019

General James Mattis at the Nixon Library


Former Defense Secretary and four-star Marine General James Mattis returns to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 7:30 PM for a conversation with Nixon Foundation President and CEO Hugh Hewitt.

Secretary Mattis, who is regarded as one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time, will talk his latest book,Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, a firsthand account of his incredible career, from leading troops into battle in three wars, and commanding American forces across the Middle East as head of CENTCOM.

Throughout this deeply personal book, the Secretary recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and strategic dilemmas now facing our nation.

Call Sign Chaos is a memoir from Marine recruit to four-star general, to Secretary of Defense. It is a story of discipline and dedication, and how the Secretary developed a unique leadership philosophy–one that is sure to resonate with all of us.

Admission includes an autographed copy of Call Sign Chaos

General Admission: $89.00 
Member Admission: $70.00

6PM President’s Society Members Reception: $125

President’s Society Members Reception includes an autographed copy of Call Sign Chaos, hosted beer and wine, heavy appetizers and preferred seating in the East Room.

Purchase Tickets

If you are unable to attend but want autographed copies of Call Sign Chaos, click HERE to order and we’ll ship the day after his appearance

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ambassador Winston Lord on Foreign Policy in the Nixon White House

Author of Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership


Winston Lord — former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China — will discuss the Nixon administration’s vision for diplomacy with China, the Soviet Union, Vietnam, and the Middle East, which laid the foundations for geopolitics as we know them today.

Kissinger on Kissinger represents the one and only collection of Oral History interviews with Dr. Henry Kissinger. The interviews were produced by the Nixon Foundation, and conducted by Ambassador Lord, Dr. Kissinger’s one-time associate in the Nixon White House.

The revealing interviews capture Kissinger’s thoughts on the specific challenges that he faced during his tenure as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, his general advice on leadership and international relations, and stunning portraits of the larger-than-life world leaders of the era who he knew, worked with, and admired.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Three Wars: American Veterans in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

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A panel of proven combat veterans share the severities of three wars that have defined our nation, our politics, and our culture.

Pacific Club Main Dining Room

September 19, 2019 | 6:00PM

War now has spanned three generations of Americans. Fifty-five years of ebb-and-flow fighting in foreign countries seems almost surreal to the American public, yet has become a matter of course for the US armed forces serving overseas. come share this unique experience to discuss some of the complexities of each war from those who have fought on the front lines of American foreign policy and national security.


Veteran Panelists:

Karl Marlantes, Vietnam Veteran and author of Matterhorn 

Marjorie K. Eastman, Afghanistan Veteran and author of The Frontline Generation 

Scott Huesing, Iraq Veteran and author of Echo in Ramadi


Event Sponsors:

Chapman University

Richard Nixon Foundation

Orange County Navy League


For more information:

Dr. Gregory A. Daddis at or 714-997-6834