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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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Navy Band Southwest Concert


Free Concert Admission

Navy Band Southwest is one of the Navy’s finest and oldest continuing musical organizations, now with over 90 years of support to the San Diego community.

Selections will range from patriotic favorites, to the sounds of the big band era, to hits by current pop and country artists. You will hear works from composers such as Sousa, Holst, and John Williams. This ensemble has become a favorite throughout the southwest, and is guaranteed to provide a memorable and exciting entertainment experience for all!

The concert will be performed in the White House East Room replica. Seating is first, come first served.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Placentia Symphonic Band – July 4th Concert


Free Concert Admission

The popular and renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will be presenting its Annual Independence Day Concert in the East Room at 1:00 pm.

Musical selections to include patriotic, marches, musicals, motion picture and traditional wind band literature.

Seating is first come, first served.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Richard Moss, author of “Nixon’s Back Channel to Moscow”


Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Nixon’s Back Channel to Moscow

Richard A. Moss’s penetrating study documents and analyzes US-Soviet back channels from Nixon’s inauguration through what has widely been heralded as the apex of détente, the May 1972 Moscow Summit. He traces the evolution of confidential-channel diplomacy and examines major flashpoints, including the 1970 crisis over Cienfuegos, Cuba, the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT), US dealings with China, deescalating tensions in Berlin, and the Vietnam War.

Richard A. Moss is an associate research professor at the United States Naval War College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies. Moss earned his doctorate from the George Washington University, and he specializes in U.S.-Russia relations and the Nixon presidential recordings. Dr. Moss previously served at the U.S. Department of Defense and as an historian with the U.S. Department of State.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meet Robert O’Neill


Meet Robert O’Neill at the Nixon Library

Lecture and Book Signing

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.


If you cannot attend, but want autographed copies of the book click here to order and we’ll ship the day after his appearance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

U.S., China, and Russia: Relations Between The World’s Great Powers

United States, China, and Russia: Relations Between The World’s Great Powers in the Trump Era

Panel Discussion

Thursday, July 27, 7 PM

Dr. Henry Kissinger said that President Nixon “created a set of international policies whose main outlines survive to this day.” One of the most important is triangulation; by improving relations with China, the U.S. carved out favorable negotiating positions with the Soviet Union — while improving relations with both countries.

Is the concept of triangulation between China, Russia and the U.S. still relevant in today’s world, and what can Americans expect the Trump administration’s policies toward Russia to be?


Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow, Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative and faculty member at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. He is a Stanford University Professor of Practice, and an affiliate at the FSI Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Center for International Security Cooperation and The Europe Center. Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.

Thomas Fingar is a Shorenstein APARC Fellow and was the inaugural Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He was the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford during January to December 2009. From May 2005 through December 2008, he served as the first deputy director of national intelligence for analysis and, concurrently, as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He served previously as assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2004–2005), principal deputy assistant secretary (2001–2003), deputy assistant secretary for analysis (1994–2000), director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989–1994), and chief of the China Division (1986–1989).

David Holloway is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, a professor of political science, and an FSI senior fellow. He was co-director of CISAC from 1991 to 1997, and director of FSI from 1998 to 2003. His research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, on science and technology in the Soviet Union, and on the relationship between international history and international relations theory. His book Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956 (Yale University Press, 1994) was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 11 best books of 1994, and it won the Vucinich and Shulman prizes of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

Kathryn Stoner, Moderator, is a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, as well as (since 2010) the Faculty Director of the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies at Stanford University. She teaches in the Department of Political Science at Stanford, and in the Program on International Relations, as well as in the Ford Dorsey Program. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2004, she was on the faculty at Princeton University for nine years, jointly appointed to the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Meet Captain Jerry Yellin


Meet Captain Jerry Yellin

Pilot Who Flew Last Mission of World War II

Subject of the book: The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II

Free Event Admission

Capt. Yellin will be in-conversation with Don Brown, author of The Last Fighter Pilot.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Meet Douglas Schoen


Meet Douglas Schoen

Author of America in the Age of Trump: Opportunities and Oppositions in an Unsettled World

Free Event Admission

Fox News contributor and influential pollster Doug Schoen will offer his unique assessment of the Trump presidency and the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Doug Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for more than 30 years. A founding partner and principal strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling.


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.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Commemorate 9/11



Honor the brave men and women of the 2001 tragedy by joining the Richard Nixon Foundation for a very special commemoration ceremony.

Held in the magnificent White House East Room, the program will include patriotic performances by a 200-member chorus, formal Presentation of Colors and singing of our National Anthem by the Air Force Blue Eagles Honor Guard, participation by the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Sheriff’s department, and remarks by 9/11 first-responder, retired NYPD Sergeant John Curtis.

PLUS: See a collection of Ground Zero artifacts and special equipment displays by OC Fire and Sheriff.


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.