Celebrating the 19th Amendment/Closure Notices

On August 6, join AmericasTownHall virtual celebration "The 19th at 100!" Presented with All in Together, 19th News, the US National Archives, and presidential libraries, a group of women luminaries, and other leading figures will discuss the past, present, and future of women’s equality. The celebration occurs on August 6, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm PDT, to register for this free online event, please see the invitation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-amendment-past-present-and-future-tick...

LIBRARY CLOSURE

We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at reagan.library@nara.gov. Please check our website, reaganlibrary.gov or www.archives.gov/coronavirus  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.

 


 

Message on the Observance of National Nursing Home Week, May 10 - 16, 1987

May 7, 1987

Americans today are living longer and healthier lives. One consequence of this increased longevity is the growing number of men and women in the older age brackets. Most of our Nation's elderly are leading independent lives outside any institutional setting. Another group of older Americans, some 1.5 million men and women -- a third of them aged 85 years or older -- reside in our Nation's nursing homes.

These citizens represent a great national treasure, not only for their contributions to our society during this turbulent century but for what they represent now: a wealth of accumulated experience and learning. As we celebrate National Nursing Home Week, 1987, all of us can resolve not to overlook the treasures to be found in these fellow Americans who have reached their golden years.

Our debt to them is written plainly across the face of our society, in the homes and cities they have helped build, in the astounding inventions and works of art they have created, in the families they have raised, in the churches and voluntary groups they have helped sustain, and in the freedom they have sheltered from bitter harm.

But to acknowledge this debt is not enough. If we are really to pay tribute to all that these honored Americans have accomplished, a more personal thanks is in order. During National Nursing Home Week, I urge all Americans to make some visible sign of gratitude to the residents of these homes and to those who have assumed the noble duty of caring for them. Let us show our love and appreciation for those who nurtured us by nurturing them now, when they need us most. Let us show our concern by visiting, writing, or sending a special gift to someone for whom such small deeds of kindness do so very much. Let us remind them that they are, indeed, treasures of our hearts and our communities.

Ronald Reagan