Presidents and California

California is the home of two Presidential Libraries and Museums: the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley and the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Other U.S. presidents have spent significant years of their lives in The Golden State including Presidents Barack Obama, Herbert Hoover, and Gerald Ford.

As summer approaches numerous events are being held at the Reagan and Nixon Museums. On May 26 Transportation Safety Board Member Steven Chealander will share a special presentation about the “Secrets of World War 2.” He will discuss a wide range of topics including the Norden bombsight, the German Enigma decoding machine, and the Navajo code talkers.

Mr. Chealander served in the U.S. Air Force beginning in 1964 with tours of duty in Vietnam and Spain. Chealander will also have a presentation on Memorial Day. On June 19 the Museum will host a Father’s Day celebration with a barbecue tri-tip and chicken lunch and photo opportunities. On July 4 the Museum will have a concert and games and crafts for families. Games on the agenda include sack races, water balloon toss, and sports bounce jumpers with obstacle, climb and slide elements.

General admission to the Reagan Library and Museum is $29.95 and for youth ages 11 to 17 – $22.95. The Museum is open from 10 am-5 pm daily. On Memorial Day Gold Star family members are eligible for free admission to the Museum. The Reagan Library is the largest of the 13 federally operated presidential libraries and first opened in 1991.


The Nixon Library will host a Title 9 – 5K run that starts at the Nixon Library and go through the El Cajon Trail. Strollers and dogs are allowed at the race. Race package includes a 50th anniversary Title 9 medal, race t-shirt, and one ticket to the Library. Race fees are $40. Title IX, signed by Nixon in 1972, grants women and girls equal opportunities to participate in high school and college athletics.

On June 13 the Nixon Foundation will host a Red Cross blood drive. It has hosted over 40 blood drives, collecting 1,700 usable units of blood potentially saving 5,100 lives reports the Nixon Foundation.