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, 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.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Forum: Only One China?

Only One China? – The Shanghai Communique in the Age of Trump

It has been 45 years since President and Mrs. Richard Nixon landed in the People’s Republic of China – the first great crack in the Cold War.

President Donald Trump recently affirmed the One China Policy – after some skepticism – which is the basis of the Shanghai Communique, the overarching framework of Sino-U.S. relations since 1972.

Considering contemporary circumstances, can Americans expect the basic elements of the Shanghai Communique – and President Nixon’s larger Chinese legacy – to live on in the Age of Trump?


Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow and Director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center, and a Stanford University Professor of Practice. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011 and had a 35-year career in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant general.

John Pomfret served as a correspondent for the Washington Post for many years, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar living in Beijing. He is the author of the acclaimed book, “Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China,” and has won several awards for his coverage of Asia, including the Osborne Elliot Prize. He’s also the author of the newly published book, “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present.” He was also one of the first American students to go to China and study at Nanjing University, and attended Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies as a Fulbright Scholar.

Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is a Distinguished Scholar and Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, Roy’s ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.

Clayton Dube heads the USC U.S.-China Institute. It focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship and aims to inform public discussion on the importance and evolving nature of that relationship. A historian, Dube has earned teaching awards at three universities and has produced documentaries including Assignment:China on journalists in China since the 1940s.

*Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Collegiate Forum

Collegiate Forum: Can Immigration “Make America Great Again”?


The “Make America Great Again” agenda puts Americans first, so where does that put immigrants?

How should the new administration approach DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?

The Nixon Foundation in collaboration with US Vigilance will bring together top students from California’s preeminent colleges and universities for the third Collegiate Forum which will prompt a timely competition of ideas concerning a few pressing issues which face the Millennial generation.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jo Haldeman


Author of In the Shadow of the White House: A Memoir of the Washington and Watergate Years, 1968-1978

Talk and Book Signing

Free Event Admission

An unfiltered view from an insider of the earth shattering events of the Nixon presidency – a new perspective from the center of power.

In this new and compelling memoir, Jo Haldeman – wife of the legendary H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon’s chief of staff – tells her story as “the woman behind the man behind the president.”

She offers a never-before-told perspective on the Nixon presidency: dancing at two presidential inaugural balls; playing cards with Henry Kissinger aboard Air Force One; spending weekends at the privacy of Camp David – while raising four children in the shadow of the most powerful office in the land.

Never before has the Nixon presidency been recounted so vividly from this perspective.

Mrs. Haldeman will sign copies of her book following the talk. Books can be purchased at the Nixon Library Museum Store the day of the event.

If you are unable to attend, click here to purchase signed copies of the book and we’ll ship the day after her appearance.


Monday, April 24, 2017

John A. Farrell, Author of “Richard Nixon: The Life”

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Author of Richard Nixon: The Life

A new biography of Richard Nixon by the award winning biographer of Clarence Darrow and Tip O’Neill.

John A. Farrell documents the life and career of the 37th President including his rapid rise to the national political arena, his consequential presidency, resignation from office and post-presidential years.