Yesterday Kevin and I went to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birth Place in Yorba Linda. It's really a beautiful place - and very interesting!
We both remarked on how lucky we are to live in such close proximity to TWO presidential libraries! (Ronald Reagan being the second library.)
The Nixon Library contains all sorts of fascinating memorabilia from the Nixon elections - from his California Representative and Senator days all the way on up through his Presidential campaigns. There is, of course, a section of the Library dedicated to the Watergate scandal (in fact, it's being expanded at this time and will house even more information), an area called the World Leaders Room (kinda creepy, actually -- life-sized 'bronzed' statues of the Heads of State that Nixon worked with such as Golda Meir, Anwar el-Sedat, and Nikita Khrushchev. Neither of us could put our fingers on it, but there was definitely something very sinister about this room ...), and they even had the Marine 1 helicopter that shuttled Nixon away from the White House after his resignation.
It's actually a beautiful place. The rose garden is beyond amazing, plus there is a gorgeous reflecting pool on the grounds. And the gazebo that Tricia Nixon Cox was married in on the White House grounds is on loan to the Library from the White House! In addition to the house that President Nixon was born in (it's absolutely darling!), the grounds are also the final resting place for President and First Lady Nixon.
All in all, it was a fun place to visit and, if you're ever in the area, I'd definitely suggest the Library as a 'must see' attraction. Oh yeah and ... if you have an Auto Club card, show it to them and you'll receive $1.00 off of the $9.95 admission price! Here are a few pictures of the Library and grounds:
(See what I mean? Kinda creepy!)