Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nixon Presidential Library

From the National Archives website:

"Presidential Libraries are not libraries in the usual sense. They are archives and museums, bringing together in one place the documents and artifacts of a President and his administration and presenting them to the public for study and discussion without regard for political considerations or affiliations."

The Nixon Library is on the property that once belonged to the Nixons and the house where Richard Nixon was born, built by his father from a Sears Kit, is still on the property.

We went inside the house with a docent who told us about it. The furniture and contents of the house are mostly what was originally owned by the Nixons.

Near the house is the presidential helicopter that Nixon flew home on when he resigned from the presidency. We did go inside the helicopter, but no pictures allowed.

Inside the museum are replicas of two rooms in the White House. One is the East Room, which is the largest room in the White house used for ceremonies, banquets, receptions, etc.

The other is the Lincoln Sitting Room as it was decorated during President Nixon's time in office.

There are life-sized sculptures of major world figures that President Nixon dealt with during his career.

This is one of the limousines used by President Nixon. After the assassination of President Kennedy, convertible cars were no longer used.

There are exhibits of various gifts given to the president and first lady. The gifts can be used while the president is in office, but upon the president's departure, the gifts are left to the museums as they are the property of the citizens of the U.S. Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of the bling. There are also exhibits of gowns worn by the women of the white house. This is the gown Pat Nixon wore to the president's second inauguration.

And here was a surprise to me. Another piece of the Berlin Wall. This was provided to the museum by Carl N. Karcher, founder of the Carl's, Jr. hamburger chain.

There are many, many more exhibits in this museum. Not only did I learn a lot about our 37th president and the times that he served in public office, but I was inspired to learn more about these times in our history.

Definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area.