Events at the Nixon Library

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

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

“AM 870 The Answer” Ask the Candidates Forum

Ask the Candidates Forum

Join AM870 THE ANSWER for a Special ASK THE CANDIDATES Forum at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.


For an updated list of which candidates are attending, click here.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Commemoration 2018

Memorial Day Event

Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony

Free Event Admission

11:00 AM: Ceremony in the Pat Nixon Amphitheater

Wreath laying and remarks by Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, a decorated Marine Corps veteran of the iconic Battle of Iwo Jima. Williams is the last living Marine to receive the nation’s highest award for valor from serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Formal Presentation of the Colors and 21-Gun Salute by the 1st Marine Division.

1:00 PM: Lecture and Book Signing

Retired USMC Infantry Major Scott A. Huesing will speak and sign copies of Echo in Ramadi.

3:30 PM: Placentia Symphonic Band

The renowned Placentia Symphonic Band will perform their classic setlist of All-American favorites in the East Room.


Seating is first-come, first-served for all programs.

Admission to the Memorial Day programming is free and open to the public. You will need to purchase admission tickets to explore the museum exhibits.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Congressman James Rogan

Former Congressman James Rogan

Author of On to Chicago: Rediscovering Robert F. Kennedy and the Lost Campaign of 1968

The 1968 election was—and remains— spellbinding.

Unlike modern presidential campaigns, where a dozen or more unknowns vie for debate stage sound bites, that year nine titans battled for the presidency.

Fifty years later, most people are unaware that in a single race former Vice President Richard Nixon, California Governor Ronald Reagan, President Lyndon Johnson, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Senator Eugene McCarthy, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, former Alabama Governor George Wallace, and Michigan Governor George Romney all squared off for the White House.

The shocking assassination of Robert Kennedy on the night of his California primary victory left a gaping hole in history. and for five decades left this unanswered question: What if?


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Roses and Rosé at the Richard Nixon Library

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Roses and Rosé

Snacks, sips and sunshine!

Come join us for a fabulous afternoon of wine tasting in our beautiful First Lady’s Rose Gardens.

Sample and savor 5-6 unique handcrafted wine varietals, while enjoying assorted cheeses.

Voted Orange County Register’s Best of Wine Bars 2017, sommeliers from The Twisted Vine will interact and teach guests about each varietal.

$45 per person / $40 member

Special Offer: Join as a new Nixon Foundation Member of $125 or greater and receive one complimentary ticket to Roses and Rosé.

Register before June 5th.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Meet Harris Faulkner

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Meet Harris Faulkner

Host of Outnumbered and Outnumbered Overtime on Fox News Channel

Lecture and Book Signing

Author of 9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat’s Guide to Life and Success

The Fox News star will share the lessons she learned growing up in a military family and pay homage to the military ideals that have shaped her life.

Harris Faulkner revered her father, a decorated career officer who served three tours of duty in Vietnam and raised his children with the values and ideals of the U.S. military. Young Harris experienced firsthand how success in life was rooted in the knowledge, integrity, and leadership that came from her military surroundings.

Now, she shares the advice, wisdom, and tools that she absorbed through her military upbringing, examining how these ideals have shaped her professional and personal outlook and how everyone can incorporate them into their own lives.

Buy a book and get access to the lecture with Harris!

General Admission + Signed Book: $28.99

Member Admission + Signed Book + Member Mixer: $37.99

Member Admission + Signed Book: $22.99

Additional books will be available for purchase that evening at the Nixon Library Museum Store.

Member Mixer with is open from 6:15-7:15 PM. Wine and cheese will be served. You must be a current Nixon Foundation member to attend the Mixer.

Join as a new member at $125 or above and receive two tickets to the lecture with early seating, two books and two tickets to the Member Mixer wine and cheese reception prior to the event. Contact Anne Brown to take advantage of this offer at or 714-364-1161.

President’s Society members will receive a special invitation to a VIP reception with Harris that begins at 6:00 PM.

Join as a new President’s Society member at $1,000 and receive two tickets to the VIP reception with Harris, priority reserved seating and two signed books. Contact Nicole Parsons for details at

If you are unable to attend, but want signed copies, click here to order and we’ll ship the day after her appearance.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Meet Andrew Puzder, former CEO Carl’s Jr.

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Meet Andrew Puzder

Former CEO of Carl’s, Jr.

Lecture and Book Signing

Author of The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It

Andy Puzder, the former CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, says that “capitalism” is not a dirty word, and thankfully President Trump understands this; his pro-business policies will bring back economic growth and secure our future.

As a successful CEO in the restaurant industry, Andy Puzder uniquely understands how important the profit motive is to our country’s ultimate prosperity. Furthermore, as the grandson of immigrants, the son of a car salesman, and someone who worked his way up from earning minimum wage to running an international business, he has a first-hand view of how America’s exceptional capitalist spirit can lift everyone to success.

Puzder argues in his new book, THE CAPITALIST COMEBACK, that increasingly irrelevant left wing forces have launched an all out assault on a pro-business president in the White House. From its roots in the Progressive Era to labor unions to education to entertainment to its political resurgence with avowed socialist candidates such as Bernie Sanders, Puzder traces the development of the anti-profit forces in the United States and shows how, under President Trump, they can be vanquished for good.


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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Commemorate the Legacy of First Lady Pat Nixon

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Commemorate the Legacy of First Lady Pat Nixon

On the 25th anniversary of her passing

Friday, June 22, 2018

11 AM Free event admission

YOU ARE INVITED to join the Nixon family and community leaders across Southern California to remember an iconic First Lady who changed, shaped and improved millions of lives around the world.

Enjoy a sunny morning in the Library’s beautiful Pat Nixon Gardens, and hear warm remembrances and reflections on her legacy from her grandson, Christopher Nixon Cox, who will lay a wreath at her Memorial.

Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP does not guarantee seating at the event.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

U.S.-China Workshop: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China as a Global Power

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U.S.-China Workshop: The Rise of Xi Jinping and China as a Global Power

Free Event Admission

Book signing with Elizabeth Economy, author of “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State” following discussion.

After being inaugurated as president of the People’s Republic of China five years ago, no single leader in modern Chinese history since Mao Zedong has assumed more power, or sizably projected his personal influence both domestically and internationally.

Calling for a national rejuvenation, Xi has pledged to expand the middle class, and make more reforms for increased foreign investment. In foreign policy, Xi’s China has become more assertive. China has deployed its military overseas for the first time since 1950, and made claims to territory in the East and South China Seas. It’s also committed to billions of dollars in foreign aide for developing nations.

In October 2017, the Chinese Communist Party abolished five year term limits, paving the way for Xi to rule beyond 2022.

What does his leadership mean for the political and economic future of China, and superpower relations with the United States?



Elizabeth Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, writing on topics ranging from China’s environmental challenges to its resource quest. She has published articles in foreign policy and scholarly journals including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. She is the author of “By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World,” the award wining “The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future,” and her forthcoming book, “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State,” which analyzes the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.  His most recent book, coauthored with Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, is the third edition of “China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know,” published by Oxford in March.  His other books include, as author, “Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo,” and, as editor, “The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China.”  An Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, is Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies, Advising Editor for Asia for The Los Angeles Review of Books, and a member of Dissent magazine’s Editorial Board. His commentaries and reviews have appeared in many general interest periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Internazionale, Time, Slate, The American Scholar, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The Times Literary Supplement.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fourth of July Celebration at the Nixon Library

July 4th
Fourth of July Celebration at the Nixon Library

A fun-filled day of patriotic events!


PLUS: The first 100 youngsters (12 and under) will receive a FREE copy of the Declaration of Independence from Benjamin Franklin!

All Day – Meet and take photos with American History Heroes George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee and Abigail Adams

10:45 AM – Opening Ceremony

Experience a historical portrayal of the “Shot Heard Round the World,” the first shot of the American Revolution at the battle of Lexington.

Noon – Placentia Symphonic Band Concert

The renowned 90-member Placentia Symphonic Band will play their classic set list of All-American favorites in the magnificent White House East Room.

1:30 PM – The Declaration of Independence, hosted by Benjamin Franklin

Authentic musket firing demonstrations at 11:45 AM, 3:15 PM and 4:15 PM.

All Fourth of July events and programs are free and open to the public.

Paid admission is required to tour the museum exhibits.

RSVP does not guarantee seating. Please arrive early to reserve a seat.

Friday, July 13, 2018

U.S.-China Workshop: An Emerging Technological Arms Race



U.S.-China Workshop: An Emerging Technological Arms Race

An intensifying technological arms race across air, sea, land, and space lies at the heart of the growing strategic contest between the United States and China.

This rivalry straddles military and economic domains, and influencing it are the respective countries industrial policies, foreign direct investment, research and development programs, and threat assessments.

It is taking place against a backdrop of a new age in global communication and the complexities of economic interdependence, as well as the blurring of military and civilian boundaries.

What are the regional and global implications of technological defense competition between these two great powers? How can policymakers from both countries ensure its ends are peaceful?

Thomas G. Mahnken is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

He is a Senior Research Professor at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has served for over 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, including tours in Iraq and Kosovo.

He currently serves as a member of the Congressionally-mandated National Defense Strategy Commission and as a member of the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University. His previous government career includes service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning from 2006–2009, where he helped craft the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and 2008 National Defense Strategy. He served on the staff of the 2014 National Defense Panel, 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, and the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. He served in the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment and as a member of the Gulf War Air Power Survey. In 2009 he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and in 2016 the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal.

Dr. Mahnken is the author of Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present and Future of Regional Security (Stanford University Press, 2014), Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century: Theory, History, and Practice (Stanford University Press, 2012), Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945 (Columbia University Press, 2008), and Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918–1941 (Cornell University Press, 2002), among other works.

Tai Ming Cheung is an associate professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and director of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at University of California, San Diego. He is a longtime analyst and leading expert on Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs, especially related to economic, industrial, technology and innovation issues. Cheung worked as a journalist, and political and business risk consultant in Asia from the mid-1980s to 2002 covering political, economic, and strategic developments in greater China.

His book Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy was published in 2009, followed by Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation, which he edited. He was previously a correspondent at the Far Eastern Economic Review.

As IGCC director, Cheung leads the Institute’s Study of Technology and Innovation, examining the evolving relationship between technology and national security in China. He also manages the institute’s Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, bringing together senior foreign ministry, defense officials and academics from around the globe.

Tai Ming Cheung and Thomas Mahnken are co-editors of a newly released book, The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development.