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School House to White House

Special Exhibit Gallery
March 13 to May 31, 2010

This exhibition explores themes in the early lives of presidents, including: 

Grade School – Whether they attended a one-room schoolhouse or private academy, the future presidents discovered a world of opportunity at school.

High School – See how the future presidents blossomed in school.  Learn who excelled academically, and who preferred extracurricular activities.

College – All the future presidents continued their education after high school – whether it was a small institution, night school, law school, or a military service academy.  Explore some of their college experiences.

Men of Many Talents – Many of the future presidents had talents and developed skills that may surprise you.  Learn about their varied interests and discover who sang, who acted, who joined the band, and who enjoyed working in the outdoors.

Team Players – Whether it was football, baseball, golf, or swimming, most of the 20th-century presidents participated enthusiastically in sports.  Most continued to follow and participate in sports even after they became President. 

Memories – Memoirs, scrapbooks, and letters reveal a range of experiences that shaped the lives of the future presidents.  View these materials to glimpse the Presidents’ memories of their early lives.

This exhibition will be on display through May 31, 2010 in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum located at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, California.  Hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. and Sunday from 11 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Museum admission is:

Adults:  $9.95
Seniors 62 and older and military personnel (with ID): $6.95
College Students:  $5.95
Children ages 7-11:  $3.75
Children ages 6 and under are free

Resources for Families and Teachers

Family Guide to the Exhibit

School house to White House Pop Quiz

Teachers Guide K-5

Teachers Guide Middle School

Press Release

Answers to the Pop Quiz



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