Have you ever visited a presidential library and museum? No? You should. It was also my first time to visit one last month. It was just not on top of my list of places to see, but now that I have visited one, I could say it was actually kinda cool.
I visited the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. I learned a lot about Ronald Reagan: the family’s financial difficulties, his Hollywood background, his work in California as a governor, his marriage and the attempted assassination on him. I could say he was actually a good president and I am not even a Republican. HA!
There are 14 presidential libraries in the whole United States. Here is the list for your convenience:
|Hoover Library||210 Parkside Drive
P.O. Box 488
West Branch, IA 52358-0488
|Roosevelt Library||4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1999
|Truman Library||500 West U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO 64050-1798
|Eisenhower Library||200 SE 4th Street
Abilene, KS 67410-2900
|Kennedy Library||Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125-3398
|Johnson Library||2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705-5702
|Nixon Library||18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
|Ford Library||1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2114
|Carter Library||441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307-1498
|Reagan Library||40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065-0666
|George H. W. Bush Library||1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, TX 77845
|Clinton Library||1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
|George W. Bush Library||1725 Lakepointe Drive
Lewisville, TX 75057
Coming Soon in Chicago, Illinois
For more information, here is the website to visit the National Archives website.
There are also others, but they are libraries outside the jurisdiction of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These are the presidents that pre-date the administration of Herbert Hoover:
- George Washington – Mount Vernon, Virginia
- John Q. Adams – Quincy, Massachusetts
- Thomas Jefferson – Charlottesville, Virginia
- Abraham Lincoln – Springfield, Illinois
- Ulysses S. Grant – Starkville, Mississippi
- Rutherford Hayes – Fremont, Ohio
- William McKinley – Canton, Ohio
- Woodrow Wilson – Staunton, Virginia
- Calvin Coolidge – Northampton, Massachusetts
To highlight the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley since that is the one that I visited, not only do they have displays, videos and audio about President Reagan, they also had the humongous Air Force One that he used during his presidency inside the building! Imagine a whole plane inside. It was awesome. There were other displays such as the Marine One and other vehicles which were part of the motorcade.
They also had a full one-to-one scale of the Oval Office on the lower floor.
The library also has a revolving exhibit. The revolving exhibit that was currently there was the “Vatican Splendors.” Photography was allowed inside, as long as we don’t use flash. There was a piece of the wall from St. Peter’s tomb, precious gold chalice’s used in the Vatican, priceless paintings, clothes worn by popes, etc. The story and message told were universal, so whatever your religion is, everyone is welcome to see.
I hope this post inspires you to explore the museums around you. History is interesting. It has a lot to teach us. It teaches us not to repeat the same mistakes those before us made and that we all prosper during times of peace.
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