More Nixon Library and Events

Moonwalk

Besides outlining President Nixon’s lengthy career in public service, the library also recognizes past presidents in its Hall of Presidents. In this Hall the many presidential eras are described.

The family life of the Nixon’s is also honored in the Library. Tricia Nixon Cox recently returned to the Library to renew her wedding vows under the arbor she married. She is very involved in the Library as is her sister, Julie.

Tricia’s wedding gown, Julie’s matron of honor dress, and Mrs. Nixon’s gown.

After leaving office President and Mrs. Nixon moved to the New York City area. Here he wrote a series of best selling books.

The Library is available for social functions. On the day of visit there was an evening wedding reception in the recreated East Room. The room is also available for book signings, and conferences.

What a spectacular place for a wedding.

President Nixon’s Accomplishments

The library is beautiful with rose gardens and awe inspiring grounds and fountains.

Much has been said and written about President Nixon. The Library provides information on his life and presidency in an open and truthful fashion. Here are some of his accomplishments:

  • Served in the Navy in the South Pacific in WWII in 1942
  • Elected to congress in 1946 and 1948
  • Elected to the US Senate in 1950
  • Was President Eisenhower’s Vice President in 1952 and 1956
  • Lost the Presidential election to JFK in 1960 by 113,000 votes
  • Won the Presidency in 1968 against Hubert Humphrey
  • Re-elected in 1972 by a landslide against George McGovern
  • Ended the War in Viet Nam
  • In 1969 created the Office for Minorities to increase businesses nationwide
  • Began the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970
  • Extended voting rights in 1970 by eliminating voter literacy requirement
  • Welcomed home Apollo astronauts from moon walk
  • Launched war on cancer in 1971 creating National Cancer Centers
  • Signed Title IX in 1972 eliminating gender bias in colleges and universities receiving federal aid.
  • Journeyed to China in 1972 to normalize relations
Replica of the White House Oval Office during President Nixon’s tenure.

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Richard Nixon Library: Boyhood Home, Oval Office in the Sky, and Graves

This visit was recommended and glad I went. Much is to be learned of this man who was considered by many an enigma.

Boyhood Home: A Charming Sears Catalog Home, 1912

Nixon was one of 5 boys. His mother was college educated, and while his father had little education, it was he who instilled his son’s debate skills round the kitchen table. There the issues of the day and politics were often discussed. The family had a grove of lemon and orange trees on the property, however, that could not support the family so later when his father heard of automobiles he bought a gas station. This was successful as it was the only one in LA. Richard often worked long hours at the combination gas station and market.

Just down from the boyhood home is the Oval Office in the Sky. It served presidents JFK, LBJ, RMN, and GF. This 1961 Sikorsy was built in Straford, Connecticut at a cost of $1 million, which by today’s standard would equate to $8.6 million. While not open for tours a glance through the helicopter windows provides much insight.

Walking back toward the Museum are the graves of the President and Mrs. Nixon.

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