Bill and Sue-On Hillman

February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004

Photo mosaics by Bill Hillman taken during a Century Project research visit

"The doors of this library are open now and all are welcome. The judgment of history is left to you, the people."
óRonald Reagan, Remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Dedication (November 4, 1991)

"Artifacts from President Reaganís childhood and professional career provide physical evidence of his extraordinary life. Step through a model of the Dixon Arch in Illinois to experience Reaganís youth, while his Eureka College letter sweater recalls his student years.

A recreated studio booth highlights his early radio broadcasting career, which led to an acting contract with Warner Bros. Film clips, original costumes and movie posters trace his days in the movies, the Screen Actors Guild and on television as host of GE Theater and Death Valley Days.

Glimpse into Ronald and Nancy Reaganís devoted marriage, a love story straight out of a Hollywood script. Learn about Reaganís growing involvement in politics. Witness his presidency, from reviving the economy, reducing the size of the federal government, and ending the threat of nuclear war.

See a piece of the Berlin Wall, immerse yourself in Camp David and Rancho del Cielo. And walk through the Air Force One that President Reagan used throughout his eight years in office." ~ Promo from the Ronald Reagan Web site.

Meet the Presidents
A Life's Journey
The Air Force One Pavilion
The White House Years
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum covers a 100-acre site perched on a mountain top with sweeping views of mountains, valleys and the Pacific Ocean. A journey through the complex follows Reagan on his rise as a college standout, through Hollywood stardom to a two terms as a governor of California and on to his victories on the campaign trail resulting in his being sworn in as the 40th President of the United States.

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Since 1939, twelve libraries have been established to chronicle the lives and times of US presidents. Journalists, scholars, historians, leaders from the public and private sectors, and millions of individuals visit these institutions.

The Reagan complex is one of the largest. For the scholar or student of history there are more than 55 million pages of personal and administration documents, over 1.6 million photographs, 50, 000 video and audio files, and 670,000 feet of film preserved at the Library.

A perusal of the complex map (click for full-screen image) will acquaint our Web visitors with the Gallery layout that we have illustrated in our photo mosaics:
  • GALLERY OF PRESIDENTS: Displays portraits and biographies of the US Presidents along with a rare 1823 engraving of the Declaration of Independence.
  • WELCOME THEATRES: The multi-screen media production provides highlights of Reagan's life
  • EARLY YEARS GALLERY: Highlights: Reagan's youth in Dixon, Illinois, college days, radio broadcasting, Hollywood, WWII service, marriage to Nancy Davis.
  • GUBERNATORIAL GALLERY: Photos and artifacts illustrate the rise from his "rendezvous with destiny speech" to California governor.
  • PRESIDENTIAL FIRST TERM GALLERY: Highlights from January 20, 1981 to the assassination attempt with displays of gifts from heads of state and the actual White House Situation Room table.
  • SPIRIT OF AMERICA GALLERY: Features displays of gifts, D-Day 40th anniversary, LA Olympics, 1894 campaign and a giant mural of Washington, DC
  • THE AIR FORCE ONE PAVILION: The specially equipped Boeing 707 is poised for flight high above the hills of Simi Valley facing a 200-foot wide by 60-foot tall glass wall. On display beside the "Flying White House" are the Presidential Motorcade and Marine One Helicopter.
  • PAVILION THEATRE AND FLIGHTS OF FREEDOM GALLERY: Film and artifact displays trace the 661,708 air miles that Reagan travelled in his promotion of democracy.
  • COLD WAR GALLERY: Artifacts such as pieces of the Berlin Wall and a video productions recalls a time when the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation.
  • OVAL OFFICE: One of the highlights of the Museum is an exact replica of the White House Oval Office.
  • THE LIBRARY GROUNDS: The many gardens and patios circle provide beautiful gateways to the LIBRARY and RESEARCH buildings which are accessible for research through appointment.
  • THE VISITOR SERVICES: Services provided for visitors include audio tours, school workshops, museum stores, the Reagan Country Cafe, and the Ronald Reagan Pub