Field Notes, History

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Instead of a typical orientation film, you will be impressed by the museum’s Reagan hologram. We viewed the ranch narrative. “The Tack Room at Rancho del Cielo – President Reagan has just returned from a horseback ride and he talks to us about the Ranch and how it helps him to balance the pressures of the Oval Office, and then tells us a little about his ideas on freedom.

Reagan’s Oval Office desk plaques stated, “It can be done” and “There’s no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.

During our visit, we viewed The World of da Vinci which recently closed. It celebrated “the human side that coexisted with the mechanical and artistic genius. The exhibit offers a glimpse at his humble beginnings, his self-doubt and perfectionism, as well as his endless thirst for discovery.”

Currently being prepared for public exhibition, “EGYPT’S LOST CITIES

October 5, 2019 – April 12, 2020

Time may have eroded the memory of a civilization but not the mystery of what was. Long ago, two bustling cities in ancient Egypt were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, of wealth, of trade, and novel artistry. One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, the cities slipped into the sea without a whisper of wind, buried for centuries.”

While you visit, be sure to visit the archive. October is the designated month for American archives. “As a Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Reagan Library, under the authority of the Presidential Records Act, is the repository of presidential records for President Reagan’s administration. The Library’s holdings include over 60 million pages of documents, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film, tens of thousands of audio and video tape, and over 40,000 artifacts.

They are located at 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, CA 93065. The are open hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week.

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