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Press Release
June 4, 2007

National Archives Display of Reagan Diary
June 4 - July 4

Washington, DC…The National Archives announces the display of one of President Ronald Reagan’s personal diaries beginning today and running through July 4. The volume is opened to the June 4 - 6, 1984 entries, which include Reagan's description of his visits to the beaches of Normandy to mark the 40th anniversary of D-Day. It was on June 6, 1984, that he delivered one of his most memorable speeches at Pointe du Hoc, France.

The exhibit is on display in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building which is located on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW, and is open from 10 AM to 7 PM daily. Admission is free.

This display is in connection with a National Archives program on the Reagan diaries that will be held on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 PM -- the anniversary of the D-day diary entry that will be on display. Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein will moderate a panel including Reagan officials, newsman Sam Donaldson, and historian Douglas Brinkley to share firsthand stories from the Reagan White House. The program will take place in the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, and is free and open to the public.

Background on the Reagan Diaries

During his two terms as the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. The diaries are filled with Ronald Reagan's trademark wit, sharp intelligence, and humor providing a striking insight into one of this nation's most important presidencies and shedding new light on the character of a true American leader. Reagan’s personal diaries have been brought together for the first time in one volume and edited by historian Douglas Brinkley.

Both the display and the program complement the new family-friendly, multi-media exhibition “School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents,” focusing on the early education of American Presidents from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush. The exhibition runs through January 1, 2008 in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery.

For information on National Archives Public Programs, call (202) 357-5000, or view our Calendar of Events online.

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For Press information please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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