Reagan 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.

 


 

Ronald Reagan Post-Presidency Chronology

1989
January 20 - Leaves White House, returns to California
February 6 - Celebrates his birthday at the Bistro Garden Restaurant, Los Angeles
April 26 - At his office in Century City, California, Reagan meets with President Bush for the first time since leaving the Presidency
June 13 - Gives the annual Winston Churchill Lecture to the English-Speaking Union, London
June 14 - Receives honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II
June 15 - In Paris, Reagan is inducted into the Academy of Moral and Political Science, and attends celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
July 4 - While vacationing in Mexico, Reagan sustains bruises, and other apparently superficial injuries, after being bucked off a horse
July 11 - Serves as guest television announcer for the first inning of baseball’s All-Star Game, Anaheim Stadium, California
July 21 - Inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City
September 8 - Visits the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for a routine physical; fluid discovered on his brain (attributed to his July accident with the horse); Mayo Clinic doctors perform surgery to remove the fluid, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester
September 15 - Visited at St. Mary’s Hospital by Soviet politician Boris Yeltsin; discharged from the hospital later that day
October 23 - In Japan, Reagan is awarded a medal, the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, by the Japanese government
October 27 - Gives address in Tokyo
October 28 - Gives address in Osaka
November 15 - First post-presidential visit to the White House, for the unveiling of his official - Presidential portrait

1990
February 5 - Ordered to give videotaped testimony for the ongoing trial of Iran-Contra figure John Poindexter
February 6 - Celebrates his birthday in Nassau, The Bahamas
February 16-17 In Los Angeles, gives a total of seven hours of videotaped testimony for the trial of John Poindexter
February 22 - Reagan’s videotaped Iran-Contra testimony is screened for media representatives
March 20-21  Reagan’s videotaped Iran-Contra testimony is shown to the jury trying John Poindexter in Washington, DC
April 12 - Gives address at the ceremony dedicating the Reagan Library’s section of the Berlin Wall
May 25 - Postponement of planned trip to Europe, following the discovery of intestinal adhesions (scar tissue) caused by his 1985 cancer surgery
June 4 - Meets with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, in San Francisco
July 17 - Meets with former President Nixon, at the Century City office; the Nixons and Reagans have dinner together, at Reagan’s Bel-Air home
July 19 - Reagan gives an address at the dedication of the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, Calif.
July 21 - Participates in opening ceremonies for the Goodwill Games, Seattle
July 27 - Gives address at the Eisenhower Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas, on the 100th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower’s birth
September 10 - Begins 10-day European trip with arrival in Berlin
September 12 - In Berlin, tours the Brandenburg Gate and the remaining portions of the Berlin Wall
September 14 - Addresses the Polish Parliament, in Warsaw
September 15 - Addresses shipyard workers at Gdansk, Poland
September 16 - Arrives in Moscow, following visit to Leningrad
September 17 - In Moscow, visits Soviet President Gorbachev, and addresses the International Affairs Committee of the Supreme Soviet
September 18 - Meets with Russian Republic President Yeltsin, in Moscow
September 19 - Audience with Pope John Paul II, at Vatican City, before returning to the United States
November 9 - Dedicates a sculpture at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall
December 5 - Addresses the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge, England

1991
February 4 - Tours the unfinished Reagan Presidential Library with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
February 6 - Celebrates his 80th birthday at a Reagan Library fundraiser held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.
March 23 - Tours the unfinished Reagan Presidential Library with Polish President Lech Walesa
March 28 - Washington, DC, events: Meets with President Bush at the White House; dedicates the Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt; in his dedicatory remarks for the Institute, declares his support for the Brady handgun control bill
April 5 - Attends celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USO, at Universal City, Calif.
July 15 - Addresses the Captive Nations Week Conference, Los Angeles
November 4 - Gives address at the dedication of the Ronald Reagan Library and Center for Public Affairs, Simi Valley, California

1992
February 6 - Surprise birthday party for Reagan, at the Reagan Library
April 13 - In Las Vegas, receives a glass statue award from the National Association of Broadcasters; a member of the audience (Paul Springer of Arcadia, Calif.) rushes onstage and smashes the award
May 3 - At his California ranch (Rancho del Cielo), visits with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
May 4 - Presents the first Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to Mikhail Gorbachev, and dedicates the Ronald Reagan Center for Public Affairs, in ceremonies held at the Reagan Library
August 8 - Address at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Iowa
August 17 - Addresses the Republican National Convention, Houston
September 13 - Accompanies President Bush’s re-election campaign, and gives a campaign speech for Bush, in Orange County, California
November 27 - Meetings with President-elect Bill Clinton, at Reagan’s Century City office
December 4 - Addresses the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University, England

1993
January 4 - Reagan and Jimmy Carter named joint recipients of the first Spark M. Matsunaga Medals for Peace
January 13 - Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush
February 6 - Celebrates his birthday at a Reagan Center for Public Affairs fundraiser held at the Reagan Library; tours the Library’s museum with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a guest at the fundraiser
April 5 - Speaks at a Reagan Library event honoring Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada
May 15 - Gives the commencement address at The Citadel, Charleston, SC
July 30 - Accompanies former President Nixon on an unpublicized tour of the Reagan Library
November 9 - Presents the second Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to General Colin Powell, in ceremonies held at the Reagan Library

1994
February 3 - Attends Republican National Convention’s Annual Gala in Washington, DC; gala theme is “A Tribute to Ronald Reagan”
March 17 - In a letter (made public) to former Senator Paul Laxalt, Reagan admits to being “pretty steamed” over allegations made by Iran-Contra figure (and US Senate candidate) Oliver North, concerning Reagan’s role in the Iran-Contra affair
April 27 - Attends the funeral of Richard Nixon at the Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, Calif.
May 4 - In a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives, former Presidents Reagan, Carter and Ford urge support of a bill banning the domestic manufacture of military-style assault weapons
September - Makes videotaped support statements for use by Republican candidates for office nationwide
November 5 - Writes letter announcing that he has Alzheimer’s Disease; letter is made publicly available later that day
November 22 - Tours the Reagan Library Christmas exhibits – first public appearance since the public announcement of his Alzheimer’s Disease
December through early Jan -  Makes his last annual New Year’s visit to the Annenberg estate, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

1995
February 6 - Attends birthday party at his Century City office
July 18 - Lesion on his neck is removed during his annual physical, at the Mayo Clinic
October 31 - Ronald and Nancy Reagan announce the establishment an institute (the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute) dedicated to the study of Alzheimer’s Disease

1996
February 6 - 85th birthday celebration and Reagan Library fundraiser, at Chasen’s restaurant, West Hollywood; Reagan does not attend
August 12 - Salute to Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention, San Diego, climaxed by an address to the convention by Nancy Reagan
August 19 - Announcement that Rancho del Cielo (Reagan’s California ranch) is for sale
September 3 - Reagan is awarded reimbursement for legal fees incurred as a result of the Iran‑Contra investigation, since no Iran-Contra charges were ever filed against him

1997
February 6 - Celebrates his birthday at his Century City Office
August 31 - Statement issued by Reagan concerning the death of Princess Diana

1998
February 6 - Celebrates his birthday at his Century City office
April 21 - Sale of Rancho del Cielo to Young America’s Foundation is finalized

1999
February 6 - Celebrates his birthday at home
July 19 - Statement issued by Ronald and Nancy Reagan concerning the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

2000
February 6 - Reagan celebrates his birthday at home

2001
January 12 - Reagan breaks his hip in a fall at his house, and is taken to St. John’s Medical Center (Santa Monica, Calif.)
January 20 - At St. John’s Medical Center, Ronald and Nancy Reagan watch the inauguration of George W. Bush. Reagan goes home later that day.
February 6 - Reagan becomes only the third US President to reach the age of 90
October 11 - Reagan becomes the United States’ longest-lived President, surpassing John Adams

2002
February 6 - Reagan celebrates his birthday at home
May 16 - Ronald and Nancy Reagan are awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol that Mrs. Reagan attends

2003
February 6 - Reagan celebrates his birthday at home

2004
February 6 - Reagan celebrates his birthday at home
June 5 - Reagan passes away at home, at age 93
June 7 - Private ceremony, for close relatives and friends, at the Reagan Library
June 7-8 - Laying in repose, for the public to pay respects, at the Reagan Library
June 9 - Casket flown to Washington, DC; procession to US Capitol; State Funeral in the Capitol Rotunda
June 9-11 - Laying in state, for the public to pay respects, in the Capitol Rotunda
June 11 - National Funeral Service at Washington National Cathedral; casket flown back to California; procession to the Reagan Library; Private Interment Service at the Reagan Library