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Richard Nixon Library & Museum

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18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886 United States

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration Presented by AT&T



Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration
Presented by AT&T

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


Schedule of Events:

8:00 AM: LIBRARY PARKING LOT: Space Race 5K Ignition start (must register to run)

10:00 AM: LIBRARY ENTRANCE: Earth to Moon opening ceremony

10:30 AM: THEATER 37: Hear from original 1969 AT&T Supervisor Doug Paul who helped make President Richard Nixon’s historic phone call from the Oval Office to the Moon possible.

11:00 AM: LIBRARY ENTRANCE: Drone Demonstration

12:00 PM: THEATER 37: Meet Apollo 11 Crew Historian Francis French

1:30 PM: THEATER 37: Meet SpaceX Life Support Systems Engineer Jason Silverman

3:00 PM: THEATER 37: Screening of the new documentary “Apollo 11”

7:30 PM: WHITE HOUSE EAST ROOM: “Earth to Moon: Celebrating the Longest Distance Phone Call in History”
Hear from the officials who were in the White House when President Nixon called Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon! Seating is limited for this program. Must RSVP here to attend the 7:30 PM program.

‘Out of this world’ Activities All Day:

  • Recreate the famous photo of President Nixon greeting the Apollo 11 Crew in the Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the USS Hornet – Presented by Airstream Inc.
  • Gaze up to the heavens in an inflatable planetarium – Presented by Mobile Ed
  • Experience an SR-71 Space Suit Demonstration – Presented by NASA
  • Learn Aerodynamic Engineering building your own straw rocket – Presented by Discovery Cube OC
  • Launch your own Alka Seltzer Rocket – Presented by Pretend City
  • Enjoy 3D printing and STEM demonstrations – Presented by UC Irvine
  • Learn the power of propulsion building a compressor powered rocket – Presented by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Explore the skies with Solar Telescopes – Presented by Meade Instruments

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

50th Anniversary: Apollo 11 Splashdown Celebration Dinner


50th Anniversary

Apollo 11 Splashdown Celebration Dinner:

An Evening with Legendary Astronaut

Buzz Aldrin

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM Reception | 6:30 PM Dinner

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s extraordinary splashdown to planet earth.

The greatest comeback in history!

And presentation of the Foundation’s Richard Nixon Greatest Comeback Award


Honorary Chairs

Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward Cox

Julie Nixon Eisenhower and David Eisenhower

Christopher Nixon Cox

Melanie Eisenhower

Vice Chairs

Lisa Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation

Donald R. Beall

Esther and James Cavanaugh

Betsy and Hugh Hewitt

Colleen and Buck Johns

Ray Maggi

Host Committee

Steve Craig

Kathy and John Hamilton

Maralou and Jerry Harrington

Lawrence Higby

Heather and Martin A. Klein III

Joann Leatherby

Richard (Sandy) Quinn

Dr. Daniele Struppa

Ruth B. Shannon

Individual ticket pricing begins at $500. For purchasing options, or to support the Splashdown Celebration,

contact Anne Brown at 714-364-1161 or

Monday, July 29, 2019

Author Kasey Pipes at the Nixon Library

afterthefallA Conversation with

Kasey Pipes

Author, After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon


Kasey Pipes, former presidential speechwriter and Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, will discuss his long-awaited biography about Richard Nixon in the President’s post-White House years of 1974 to 1994.

Pipes will discuss how President Nixon, living in virtual exile after resigning from office, became an influential writer and trusted advisor to presidents and world leaders, leveraging his ever-sharp mind, peerless instincts, and deep understanding of the currents of geopolitics.

Pipes argues that Nixon continued to shape the course of U.S. foreign policy, especially with the world’s great powers Russia and China, well after his resignation.

 After the Fall is the gripping and never-before-told story of the most remarkable reversal of fortune in American political history.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

James Hansen at the Nixon Library

FirstManA Conversation with

James Hansen

Author, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong


James Hansen, New York Times bestselling author, will discuss the remarkable life of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.

Hansen’s unparalleled biography of an American icon is called a “magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth Century.” It’s based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, and rare access to private documents and family sources.

The Nixon Foundation is producing this program in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the historic Moon Landing.

On April 29, 2019 the Nixon Library opened an all-new interactive special exhibit, Apollo 11: One Giant Leap for Mankind, which runs through January 12, 2020. 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

David Davenport at the Nixon Library


A Conversation with

David Davenport

Author, How Public Policy Became War


Former President of Pepperdine University and current Hoover Institution Research Fellow David Davenport will discuss how in the past half-century American Presidents have declared war on a host of domestic problems — poverty, crime, drugs, terror — as a tactic to exert political will, and carry out their agendas.  

Consequently, he concludes that labeling these initiatives as “wars” created bold, urgent expressions of Executive power, rather than slower, steadier, and deliberative approaches to policymaking. It’s also shifted power away from what was the province of states and Congress, to the Presidency.

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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

Three Wars: American Veterans

in an Age of Perpetual Conflict

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 or to register contact:

Dr. Gregory A. Daddis at or 714-997-6834

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.

Register Here

Thursday, October 10, 2019

U.S.-China Workshop: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and U.S. Grand Strategy

U.S.-China Workshop: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and U.S. Grand Strategy


In 2013, President Xi Jinping launched “The Belt and Road Initiative” a 21st Century vision of its ancient silk road trade routes. Its stated objective is to integrate China’s growing economy through the global economic system.

Through its various infrastructure projects, BRI runs through the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa investing trillions in railroads, ports, pipelines, fiber-optic cables, satellites and internet connectivity.

As a consequence of China’s vision for global economic expansion, Chinese companies now have a controlling stake in 76 ports in 35 countries across the world. To protect its vast interests, China has also expanded its global security presence.

How does the BRI conform with China’s geopolitical ambitions? What does it mean for America’s interests and security?


david_lamptonDavid M. (“Mike”) Lampton
is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow at FSI and affiliated with Shorenstein APARC. Lampton (BA ’68, MA ’71, PhD ’74), an expert in Chinese politics and U.S.-China relations, is the Hyman Professor of China Studies and Director of the China Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Emeritus. Over the course of his career, Lampton accompanied American public and private sector leaders to China, and Chinese leaders to the United States. Formerly President of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, Lampton consults with government, business, and social sector organizations, and has served on the boards of several non-governmental and educational organizations, including the Asia Foundation for which he served as chairman. He is the author of a dozen books and monographs. Lampton’s current book project is focused on the development of high-speed railways from southern China to Singapore.


5_hillmanJonathan Hillman is a senior fellow with the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and director of the Reconnecting Asia Project. At CSIS, he leads an effort to map and analyze new roads, railways, ports, and other infrastructure emerging across the supercontinent of Eurasia. Prior to joining CSIS, he served as a policy adviser at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he directed the research and writing process for essays, speeches, and other materials explaining U.S. trade and investment policy. At USTR, he contributed to the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy, the President’s Trade Agenda, and numerous Congressional testimonies.


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Top Photo: Xi Jinping (Bloomberg).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Nicholas Sarantakes on Nixon and Sports

Author of Fan in Chief: Richard Nixon and American Sports, 1969-1974


Nicholas Evan Sartantakes, Professor of History at the Naval War College, will discuss President Nixon’s intertwined, and relatively unknown, relationship with the spectacle of American sports.

While in office, President Nixon did a lot more than just throw out the first baseball of the season; he was a genuine baseball and football fan, and his interest and engagement in American sports had an impact on the culture of the nation.

In this in-depth study, Sarantakes argues that sports are central to understanding Richard Nixon. When watching sports or attending athletic events, Nixon was his most unguarded and articulate. Consequently, Nixon was able to use sports in a way that communicated a recreational pastime, allowing him to effectively express his leadership, values, and policies to the American people.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Meet Admiral James Stavridis, Former Supreme Allied Commander

Author of Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character

In-Conversation with Hugh Hewitt

Admiral James Stavridis, one of the most distinguished admirals of our time and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, offers an intimate, human account of the lessons of leadership and character contained in the lives and careers of history’s most significant naval commanders.

In his upcoming book, “Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character,” Admiral Stavridis brings a lifetime of reflection to bear on the subjects of his study: on naval history, on the vocation of the admiral with its glories and challenges, and on the sweep of global politics. Above all, this is a book that will help you navigate your own life’s voyage: the voyage of character.

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