My current understanding of American presidents has Richard Nixon with a bad reputation. Even so, the city of Yorba Linda is the home of the Richard Nixon Library and Museum. This location features not only the library of the 37th President of the United States and its museum, but also this president’s birthplace and gravesite.
According to presidentsusa.net/nixongravesite.html, Nixon was the president who was buried closest to where he was born.
The library and museum, which dominate the view from Yorba Linda Blvd., has a wide variety of exhibits, including replicas of the White House Oval Office and Air Force One, the Boeing 707 aircraft Nixon used during his presidency. Because I live nearby, I often drive by the library and museum.
According to Wikipedia.org, both the Nixon birthplace and the gravesite are at least partially hidden from view, the birthplace by a grove of trees and the gravesite by the Pat Nixon garden.
Also according to Wikipedia.org, the birthplace is a 1-1/2 story Craftsman style bungalow, with a gabled roof and clapboard exterior. The north roof face has a broad shed-roof dormer projecting, and a gabled hood shelters the main entrance. Some of its windows feature diamond-pane sashes or panels.
There is another item to see on the grounds of the museum – the presidential helicopter, which surprised me. Nixon used it for his many trips between the White House and Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. He also used that vehicle to depart for the last time on August 9, 1974 when he resigned earlier that day as President of the United States.
The library and museum offers exhibits of documents and other artifacts, films and photographs. According to nixonlibrary.gov, all of the documents and artifacts from Nixon’s years in the White House have been laid out for any visitor to inspect. Offering a visitor to reassess Nixon’s presidency and his character as a man before, during, and after his presidency.
Nixon passed in 1994, during the presidency of Bill Clinton. According to nixonfoundation.org, Clinton spoke at Nixon’s funeral and said, “… may the day of judging President Nixon on anything less than his entire life and career come to a close.”
The library has frequent speaker engagements, tours of the Pat Nixon Garden, and visits to the birthplace and the helicopter.
The library is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm. More information can be found online at www.nixonfoundation.org .
Photographs credited to: Nixon National Park Service, Public Domain and Creative Commons Attribution
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