YORBA LINDA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Henry Kissinger, California Govs. Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Archivist David Ferriero and President and Mrs. Nixon's grandchildren Christopher Cox and Melanie Eisenhower will officially open the New Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum at a free public ceremony on Oct. 14 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The museum will open to the public immediately following the ceremony and will remain open until 9:00 p.m. Admission is free all day. Signing up for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at newnixonlibrary.com is recommended but not required; seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Also on hand will be Ed Nixon, President Nixon's youngest brother; U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Ron Walker, chairman of the Richard Nixon Foundation; and Fred Malek, chairman of the Nixon Centennial Legacy Campaign.
The opening ceremony will include musical performances by the USC Trojan Marching Band, a presentation of the colors by the Los Angeles Air Force Base Honor Guard and a commemorative flyover by a squadron featuring a WWII C-53 Skytrooper plane that flew on D-Day.
An invitation-only luncheon featuring Dr. Kissinger in conversation with Ambassador Winston Lord, U.S. Ambassador to China from 1985 to 1989, and KT McFarland, Fox News national security analyst, will be held in the Library's replica of the White House East Room, at 12:00 p.m.
Free musical performances will be offered throughout the day. A family-friendly concert begins at 6:00 p.m. featuring tributes to Elvis Presley -- who famously met President Nixon at the White House in 1970 -- and The Beatles.
Parking is free at Yorba Linda Friends Church, Tommy Lasorda Field House and the Yorba Linda Community Center. Shuttle services will be provided to and from the Library all day.
The opening celebration continues at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, with "The Making of the New Nixon Library." This interactive session will feature the creative firms who designed, produced and built the new museum and website, including Thinkwell Group (Los Angeles), Cortina Productions (McLean, VA), and The Woo (Los Angeles). This event will be held in the Library's Theater 37 and will be streamed live on Facebook.
At noon, there will be a program in the East Room featuring four prominent Nixon biographers: Irwin Gellman, Luke A. Nichter, Douglas Schoen and Evan Thomas. Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, will moderate.
MEDIA: Press previews of the museum will be held Oct. 11-13. To register, contact Joe Lopez at [email protected] or 714-364-1147.
The principals will be available for photo and video opportunities in the new museum beginning at 9:00 a.m., directly before the opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m.
SOURCE Richard Nixon Foundation