Notice to General Public and Reagan LIbrary Researchers on Closures


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. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at Please check our website, or  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. 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)

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



Inauguration Facts

President Reagan's Second Inauguration

First Inauguration as President (January 20, 1981)
Singer: Juanita Booker (amateur singer from Los Angeles)
Invocation and Benediction: Rev. Donn Moomaw, Senior Pastor, Bel Air Presbyterian Church
This was the first Inaugural ceremony to be held at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (All previous Inaugurations at the Capitol had used the East Front.)

Second Inauguration as President (January 20, 1985)
Invocation: Rev. Timothy Healy, S.J. (President, Georgetown University)
Singer: Jesse Norman
Prayers: After Ms. Norman’s song: Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk (President, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati)
Just prior to the swearing-in: Rev. Donn Moomaw (Senior Pastor, Bel Air Presbyterian Church)
Benediction: Rev. Peter Gomes (Chaplain, Harvard University)
There was no poem read at either Inaugural.