Presidents Day gives us pause to consider American history, democracy, and government. Getting in touch with a sense of patriotism means more than celebrations. Two presidential museums, art collections, a family day with George Washington, and conversations with a former L.A. mayor give Southlanders pleasant opportunities to center in on the American Dream.
Since 1919, The Huntington Library and its art collections have brought American history to countless people young and old. As a research, cultural and educational center, The Huntington boasts several works of art depicting the first president. The Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art has a collection of American art from the 1690s through the 1950s. Through other galleries, visitors will see the historic development of American art, furniture and folk literature — it's a true American experience.
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library And Museum
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA 93065
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum provides an opportunity to learn and appreciate one of the Southland's most famous personalities. The late actor-turned-politician comes alive in an austere and spacious environment that includes gardens, presidential aircraft and memorabilia on display. Tours are self-directed and many will enjoy an atmosphere dedicated to a president that continues to impact the nation.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library And Birthplace
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Considered infamous by many, Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States. His legacy has mixed reviews, but the Southland native has his place in history. Located at his birthplace in Yorba Linda, this library will leave visitors with a new appreciation of his contributions to the nation and his unique drive as a politician.
250 S Harbor Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90731
What better way to get in touch with your American roots than to visit the USS Iowa, which has been turned into the West Coast's only battleship museum. Climb aboard and take a journey through World War II, the Korean War as well as the Cold War and see where thousands of sailors lived on this city on the sea. The USS Iowa features 6 decks and many exhibits as well. In addition, did you know that the battleship hosted three U.S. presidents during the ship's service?
Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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