Down the Rabbit Hole at the Richard Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, CA
Tricky Dicky was the 37th President of the United States and remains the only U.S. president to resign the office.
Located in Yorba Linda, California, the library is one of 13 administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). From its original dedication in 1990 until becoming a federal facility on July 11, 2007, the library and museum was operated by the private Richard Nixon Foundation and was known as the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace.
In January 1938, Nixon was cast in the Whittier Community Players production of The Dark Tower. There he played opposite a high school teacher named Thelma “Pat” Ryan. Nixon described it in his memoirs as “a case of love at first sight” —for Nixon only, as Pat Ryan turned down the young lawyer several times before agreeing to date him. Once they began their courtship, Ryan was reluctant to marry Nixon; they dated for two years before she assented to his proposal. They wed at a small ceremony on June 21, 1940. After a honeymoon in Mexico, the Nixon’s began their married life in Whittier, CA and had two daughters, Tricia (born 1946) and Julie (born 1948).
My favorite part of the museum was the section that displayed the gifts given to President Nixon & his family from heads of state and his donors. This Jackass stole my heart.
I was hiking around my ranch and I saw this rock that looks like your head. I thought you would enjoy it.
From the House of Saud collection.
Nixon and the evil doers.
Robin Williams or Japanese diplomat and prime minister Shigeru Yoshida (1878-1967)? You decide.
When President Nixon met Premier Zhou Enlai at Capital Airport in Beijing in February 1972, their handshake made history. There had been no diplomatic relations between the two nations since 1949. President Nixon, Chairman Mao Zedong, and Premier Zhou had all come to the same conclusion on behalf of their peoples. Neither nation could benefit from continued estrangement, while both would benefit from establishing a new relationship. China would later steal all of our jobs, flood America with cheap imports and take over the world.
Currently showing in one of the special exhibit galleries was “Suited for Space”, which takes you on a journey through nearly a century of spacesuit design and development, from the earliest high-altitude pressure suits to the iconic white suits of Apollo and Skylab.
Three key decisions Nixon made regarding the U.S. space program, which had long-term consequences for NASA:
– To treat the space program as one area of domestic policy competing with other concerns, not as a privileged activity
– To lower U.S. ambitions in space by ending human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit for the foreseeable future and not embark on another space goal requiring a massive investment similar to Apollo
– To build NASA’s post-Apollo program around the space shuttle without establishing a specific goal or long-term strategy the shuttle would support
Nixon’s helicopter, which seats sixteen and cost a million dollars to construct in 1960, is a six-ton Sikorsky VH 3A “Sea King” model, bureau number 150617. During its presidential service, the helicopter was known either as Marine One or Army One, depending on whether Marine or Army pilots were operating the craft.
President Nixon used it on more than 180 trips, including on overseas visits such as his summit meeting with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1974. Perhaps his most famous use of the helicopter was his last, on August 9, 1974. On that day, a disgraced President Nixon resigned and flew in the helicopter from the South Lawn of the White House to Andrews Air Force Base, where he boarded Air Force One for a flight to his private residence in San Clemente, California.
The actual home where Richard Nixon was born sits on the library grounds. The California Bungalow style residence was built by his father, Francis A. Nixon, on the family ranch in Yorba Linda. He built it in 1913, from a catalogue’s mail order home building kit.
Little Tricky Dicky was actually born on this bed and lived in the house from 1913 to 1922.
You couldn’t think of a better ending. Yep, he’s buried here next to his lovely wife Pat. RIP.
Don’t forget to pick up a Nixon family paper doll book on your way out through the gift shop. A true classic.