A Visit to the Nixon Library

Four years ago this month, my husband and I took his mother to Southern California. She had just turned ninety, and she wanted to see the places where she had grown up. In addition to seeing her old homes and schools in the Los Angeles area, we also toured the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

I thought the museum did a good job of presenting the complexities of Nixon the man and the President. The exhibits portrayed Nixon from poor Quaker boy to rising political star to his Checkers speech to his comeback and winning the Presidency to disgrace after Watergate to elder statesman. As with most men, he did good and he did bad. Unlike most men, he did it all on the public stage, and his actions impacted the nation and the world.

We are fortunate in Kansas City to live near the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum in Independence, Missouri. And my husband and I have traveled to see several other presidential libraries, though there are many we have not seen.

Which presidential library is your favorite?


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