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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Monday, May 22, 2017

Meet Pat Buchanan



Author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever

From Vietnam to the Southern Strategy, from the opening of China to the scandal of Watergate, Pat Buchanan—speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon—tells the untold story of Nixon’s embattled White House, from its historic wins to its defeats.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Commemorate Memorial Day at the Nixon Library

Memorial Day 2017
Free Event Admission

11:00 AM Ceremony

  • Remarks by Retired Army Colonel Robert M. Kirila, former Deputy Commander of the 7th Special Forces Group
  • Presentation of the Colors
  • Performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
  • Formal wreath laying

Noon Concert

The popular and renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will be presenting its Annual Memorial Day Concert in the East Room at 12:00pm. Admission is Free.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Meet Tom Ricks

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Meet Tom Ricks

Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, best-selling author and national security expert, will discuss his new book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, a dual biography of two men whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet Admiral James Stavridis


Meet Admiral James Stavridis

Lecture and Book Signing

Author of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

11AM Lunch

12 Noon Lecture

The four-star Navy admiral—one of the most admired of his generation—and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe will take us on a voyage through the seven seas, recounting remarkable tales of the power of the U.S. Navy in his new book Sea Power.


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.