The Nixon Library

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The Nixon library is located in Yorba Linda California, which is a short distance from Anaheim, which is a short distance from Los Angeles California, which is a short distance from the Pacific Ocean.  Visit this library before you visit the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.  If you have young kids under about 15, skip this library all together unless they really know their history. The Reagan Library has a lot of interactive exhibits and is better suited to young learners.

The Nixon Library though very good, just does not live up to the Reagan Library in any way, so if you can only see one Library, go to the Reagan Library. Now if you can see both, there is a lot of great history at the Nixon Library, and it was a real eye opener for us young adults who were not yet following Nixon when he was in office. The country was in a lot of turmoil, both at home and abroad. The American people needed a hero, and they got Nixon. The library does a great job of exploring the people’s sentiment at the time, and how a great Christian man of the Quaker faith, came to his end as a President.  If your like us, and can’t remember the Nixon era due to age, (or other reasons that we do not want to know),  pick up this book before you visit the Library, it will help you to understand what you are looking at.

We arrive at the Nixon Library they have a small parking lot with a nice fountain gracing the front of the museum. They have a great web site with the admission and a great deal of information about the library here.  The California address of the Library is 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA. They have a second Library in College Park Maryland at 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park, MD.  This article, is covering what we saw in the California edition of the library.
We arrive at the Nixon Library they have a small parking lot with a nice fountain gracing the front of the museum. They have a great web site with the admission and a great deal of information about the library here. The California address of the Library is 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA. They have a second Library in College Park Maryland at 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park, MD. This article, is covering what we saw in the California edition of the library.
The exhibits are broken up into two wings of the building, plus some out door exhibits. The best way to tour this complex is to go straight to the theater. There is a one half hour movie which will help you get a feel for what is going on. When the movie is done go straight back toward the desk where you bought your pass, but hang to the left. That will take you to the exhibit starting out with Nixon’s life as a child, and his rise to fame.
The exhibits are broken up into two wings of the building, plus some out door exhibits. The best way to tour this complex is to go straight to the theater. There is a one half hour movie which will help you get a feel for what is going on. When the movie is done go straight back toward the desk where you bought your pass, but hang to the left. That will take you to the exhibit starting out with Nixon’s life as a child, and his rise to fame.
 Nixon, is a true rags to riches story. Here on this museum property, Nixon was born, raised, became a household name, brought back and buried.

Nixon, is a true rags to riches story. Here on this museum property, Nixon was born, raised, became a household name, brought back and buried.
His house where he lived as a young man.
His house where he lived as a young man.
No idea, why the museum has the crossing of the Delaware, I can’t tie it back to Nixon in any way, but it is a great rendition of the painting.
No idea, why the museum has the crossing of the Delaware, I can’t tie it back to Nixon in any way, but it is a great rendition of the painting.
 We are outside in the center of the complex looking at the reflecting pond.

We are outside in the center of the complex looking at the reflecting pond.
There is a cool sundial out in the lawn, it was off by five minutes though.
There is a cool sundial out in the lawn, it was off by five minutes though.
Richard Nixon’s Head stone . The gave him the title of  ”Peace Maker” I wonder why they took that from Colt. Who or what did Nixon win to get that title?
Richard Nixon’s Head stone . The gave him the title of ”Peace Maker” I wonder why they took that from Colt. Who or what did Nixon win to get that title?
While wandering around the library, I caught a picture of a ghost wearing a paper dress.  She seemed to have an affinity for Nixon.
While wandering around the library, I caught a picture of a ghost wearing a paper dress. She seemed to have an affinity for Nixon.
Here is a display of a paper dress. They made them out of paper resembling that which we use to bag our groceries today.  I wonder how these take to ironing?
Here is a display of a paper dress. They made them out of paper resembling that which we use to bag our groceries today. I wonder how these take to ironing?
Looks like they are accusing Nixon of recycling.  Environmental types should like him.  I sure would have liked to known more about this campaign. It appears from the material in the museum, that Nixon’s election was no less blood thirsty than what we see today. There seems to be no shortage of anger in the world.
Looks like they are accusing Nixon of recycling. Environmental types should like him. I sure would have liked to known more about this campaign. It appears from the material in the museum, that Nixon’s election was no less blood thirsty than what we see today. There seems to be no shortage of anger in the world.
The Museum has a little notch with a boat load of gifts Nixon received while in office.  He received everything from custom flags to custom golf putters. This putter is not exactly a Callaway, but for his day, it was probably pretty high tech.  With all this technology, did Nixon miss the two foot put?
The Museum has a little notch with a boat load of gifts Nixon received while in office. He received everything from custom flags to custom golf putters. This putter is not exactly a Callaway, but for his day, it was probably pretty high tech. With all this technology, did Nixon miss the two foot put?
 The Museum has a little notch with a boat load of gifts Nixon received while in office.  He received everything from custom flags to custom golf putters. This putter is not exactly a Callaway, but for his day, it was probably pretty high tech.  With all this technology, did Nixon miss the two foot put?

The Museum has a little notch with a boat load of gifts Nixon received while in office. He received everything from custom flags to custom golf putters. This putter is not exactly a Callaway, but for his day, it was probably pretty high tech. With all this technology, did Nixon miss the two foot put?
President Nixon, was a republican version of Obama. He rose in to power too quickly and seemingly came out of nowhere. Nixon like Obama eventually seemed to think the Constitution of the United States did not apply to him, especially later in his career.  That sense of Self Pride eventually cost him his presidency, and many of his cohorts lost their freedom. The old adage ”Pride Commeth Before the Fall” certainly applied back then. The Museum, was primarily plaques and video, so not a lot to photograph for your viewing pleasure. It is a great piece of history which I plan to brush up on, then repeat the tour. “Those who do not know their history are doomed to let those that represent them repeat it” – Darin Pantekoek,  March 2013.   Have a Good Evening and a Good Night….
President Nixon, was a republican version of Obama. He rose in to power too quickly and seemingly came out of nowhere. Nixon like Obama eventually seemed to think the Constitution of the United States did not apply to him, especially later in his career. That sense of Self Pride eventually cost him his presidency, and many of his cohorts lost their freedom. The old adage ”Pride Commeth Before the Fall” certainly applied back then.
The Museum, was primarily plaques and video, so not a lot to photograph for your viewing pleasure. It is a great piece of history which I plan to brush up on, then repeat the tour. “Those who do not know their history are doomed to let those that represent them repeat it” – Darin Pantekoek, March 2013.
Have a Good Evening and a Good Night….
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