Becoming America: How We Gained and Secured Freedom and Self-Government

Upcoming Lecture Series


As a public health precaution, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lectures scheduled through April 8 are canceled. We will continue to provide status updates on the remainder lectures in the series.

In addition, the following changes are effective close of business Friday, March 13:

All National Archives research rooms nationwide, including those at Presidential Libraries, will be closed to the public until further notice.

All museums, including those at Presidential Libraries, will be closed to the public until further notice.

All public events in National Archives facilities nationwide 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.

The National Archives is committed to the health and safety of our visitors and staff. We are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, and we are working with public health officials and our counterpart agencies to monitor and respond to the evolving conditions and following CDC guidelines. Follow the National Archives on Twitter (@USNatArchives) and on Facebook (USNationalArchives) for immediate updates.

National Archives staff will continue to serve the public remotely by responding to emailed requests for records and History Hub inquiries. While we are closed, we invite the public to explore our online resources by visiting and viewing our online exhibits and educational resources and participating in our Citizen Archivist Missions.


Wednesday Nights beginning March 4, 2020

6:00 p.m. in Theater 37


A Three-Part Lecture Series:


From British America to the United States of America
March 4 - April 8

A More Perfect Union: The Constitution of the United States
April 22 - May 27

The Bill of Rights and Guarantees of Liberty
September 16 - October 21


Please join us for an informative public education lecture series featuring noted Orange County history and political science professors. This lecture series is presented  in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy, Citizenship and Ethics at Concordia University Irvine. 


Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham, Adjunct Professor and Director, Center for Public Policy, Citizenship and Ethics, Concordia University Irvine; former Associate Professor of Political Science at West Los Angeles College.


Dr. Volker Janssen, Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of History at California State University Fullerton where he teaches American and California History. 


Lisa Matthews, Assistant Professor Lisa Matthews Resident Faculty-History, Concordia University Irvine.


Dr. Brian Santin, is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University Irvine.


Dr. Robert Robinson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Undergraduate Political Science Coordinator at California State University Fullerton, where he teaches public law, the Presidency, and American government.


In this three-part lecture series, we will reflect on our history as a nation with an overview of our founding documents. Each session contains six one-hour lectures presented by the guest lecturers listed above. The lecture series, including a short Q&A session with the speaker, will be hosted at the Nixon Library from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, beginning Wednesday, March 4 th and concluding Wednesday, October 21st .  Please see the syllabus  for a full list of dates, speakers and topics. 


Each participant will receive a pocket edition of the United States Constitution courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration (while supplies last).


Join us for the first of 18 lively discussions at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum beginning March 4, 2020 at 6 pm in Theater 37.  

The Lecture Series and parking are free to the public.

For questions, please email or call 714-983-9296.