Events at the Nixon Library

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

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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

Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Charlie and Ling Zhang Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Charlie and Ling Zhang Mid-Autumn Festival

East meets West at the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival at the Nixon Library — an evening of fun for the entire family!

One of the most important traditions of China’s past –the celebration dates to the Shang Dynasty in 1600 BC– visitors to the Nixon Library can experience an outdoor reunion of friends and families under the full moon, symbolizing harmony and rejuvenation.

Schedule of events:

4:30 PM: Fusion Food Festival: Symbolically-themed Arts and Crafts and Interactive Opportunities for Kids

6:00 PM: Special Performance in the magnificent East Room by Orange County Music and Dance Multi-Generation Chamber Orchestra


Overture to Magic Flute

Bach and Vivaldi Double Concertos with Young Soloists

Select American and Chinese Orchestral Selections

7:15 PM: Traditional Chinese music in the Pat Nixon Gardens, under the moonlight


With thanks to Charlie and Ling Zhang for their sponsorship of this new annual event.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Major Garrett at the Nixon Library


CBS Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett will discuss his book Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency

In Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride, Major Garrett provides what journalists are often said to do, but usually don’t: a true first draft of history. His goal was to sift through the mountains of shrieking headlines to focus on the most significant moments of Trump’s young presidency, and the ones that Garrett believes will have a lasting impact. The result is an authoritative, mature, and consistently entertaining account of the era.

Major Garrett has been reporting on the White House for nearly two decades, covering four different presidencies for three national news outlets.

There is no cost to attend this event.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Meet Microsoft President Brad Smith


Author of Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age at the Richard Nixon Library

Moderated by Hugh Hewitt, President of the Richard Nixon Foundation

Talk and Book Signing

Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: When your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. This might seem uncontroversial, but it flies in the face of a tech sector long obsessed with rapid growth and sometimes on disruption as an end in itself.

While sweeping digital transformation holds great promise, we have reached an inflection point. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like artificial intelligence. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the pace of innovation.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie



Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie

Free Event Admission – – Limited Availability – – Must Register to Attend

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will deliver a special address on President Trump’s far-reaching, high-priority impact on the Veterans Affairs Administration and advocacy for veterans –while looking back to the Nixon administration and President Nixon’s commitment to our Veterans and especially Prisoners of War– at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, October 10 at Noon.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie was nominated by President Trump to serve as our nation’s tenth Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 23, 2018, and sworn in on July 30, 2018.

Before confirmation as VA Secretary, Mr. Wilkie served Defense Secretary James Mattis as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness—the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary for Total Force Management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and the quality of life for military families.