Nixon Library Brings History to Life, Virtually and in Person

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Dr. Robert Robinson, a Cal State Fullerton past professor, had overmuch to accidental astir the US Presidency during a caller installment of “Becoming America,” an ongoing lecture bid streamed by The Nixon Library and Museum.

According to Robinson, the president does not person the powerfulness to execute arsenic overmuch arsenic galore think. During a caller hour-long lecture, the historiographer explained that constitutionally, astir of the president’s powerfulness is successful planetary relations and “setting the tone” for argumentation agendas astatine home.

“When propulsion comes to shove, it tin inactive beryllium precise pugnacious for presidents to get their agendas passed domestically,” Robinson said.

Epoch Times Photo The Richard Nixon Library successful Yorba Linda, Calif., connected Nov. 8, 2022. (Carol Cassis/The Epoch Times)

The lecture bid is held each Tuesday evening and is escaped to the nationalist via the museum’s YouTube page. On pat for the adjacent installment is simply a lecture connected “The President and each His Men,” by Bryan Santin, a past prof astatine Concordia University successful Irvine. The lecture details the differences betwixt the cabinets of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

During his talk, Robinson touched connected galore of Nixon’s cardinal statesmanlike moments, galore of which tin beryllium viewed from 70 exhibits erstwhile visiting the room including a hand-carved jade vase fixed by China successful 1972 to symbolize advancement betwixt the 2 countries during the Cold War, a Malachite jewelry container from the caput of the USSR, and a brace of Bolshoi ballet pointe shoes talented to First Lady Pat Nixon during a 1972 travel to Moscow.

Epoch Times Photo The Richard Nixon Library successful Yorba Linda, Calif., connected Nov. 8, 2022. (Carol Cassis/The Epoch Times)

On a caller visit, 1 assemblage favourite was Nixon’s puerility home, which has been moved to the museum’s grounds.

“[The house] is conscionable truthful affluent successful past and authentic. … It’s astir apt 1 of the nicest small homes I’ve ever seen,” Museum Guide Deborah Thompson told The Epoch Times.

The tiny yellowish location sits successful the Pat Nixon Rose Garden and has been wholly restored, allowing visitors to locomotion done its assorted rooms wherever Nixon lived since his commencement successful 1913 and earlier moving to Whittier, Calif. a fewer years later.

Another must-see grounds is simply a replica of Nixon’s Oval Office, elaborate precisely arsenic it was during his administration, adjacent down to its size, according to Thompson.

Epoch Times Photo A replica of the White House’s Oval Office during Richard Nixon’s presidency successful the Richard Nixon Library successful Yorba Linda, Calif., connected Nov. 8, 2022. (Carol Cassis/The Epoch Times)

The bureau features Nixon’s minimalist benignant and decor including his postulation of Boehm vertebrate sculptures adorning bureau shelves and a concealed doorway starring to his secretary’s office.

The depository additionally presents hours of archived footage passim galore exhibits, including holographic substance illuminating the walls of a replica of the White House’s Lincoln Room with the erstwhile president’s dependable speechmaking notes helium wrote connected his yellowish ineligible pads, of which helium filled hundreds of pages, according to the Lincoln Room archive exhibits.

Epoch Times Photo The Richard Nixon Library successful Yorba Linda, Calif., connected Nov. 8, 2022. (Carol Cassis/The Epoch Times)

And present until adjacent March, it is presenting an grounds wholly dedicated to the Cold War, featuring spy tools utilized by KGB agents including a ringing with a hidden compartment and suits and suitcases with hidden cameras. There’s adjacent an interactive rocket simulator wherever visitors tin prosecute submarines and ticker connected surface arsenic they deed their targets.

To presumption the docket for “Becoming America,” sojourn here. To sojourn the depository successful person, tickets tin beryllium purchased online oregon successful idiosyncratic astatine 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda.

Carol Cassis

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