Saturday, July 6
Saturday, July 6, starts with a tour to the Lyons Air Museum and then the Nixon Library. The Lyons Air Museum is a collection of unique aircraft, automobiles, military motorcycles and military vehicles that were collected by philanthropist Major General (ret) William Lyons who has travelled extensively to create this unique collection of WW II and later items. From there you will go to the newly renovated Nixon Library where you will have the opportunity to see the life and times of our 37th President during some of the nation’s most turbulent times of our history. This library does an excellent job of showing you the man in both his triumphs and failures while serving as the President of the United States. They have just opened a new exhibit on Apollo 11 in this museum.
If you prefer, there is also the tour to the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. This library is one of the largest independent research libraries in the nation. You can spend all day wandering through the rooms and still not see everything that is offered. It houses rare books and manuscripts from one of the Ellesmere manuscripts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, letters and manuscripts of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. It also includes one of the 12 vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible in existence. In order to better acquaint the visitor, the Library has grouped about 120 rare artifacts around 12 different themes in the library. This is a unique collection of rare items for your viewing pleasure. Maybe you would like to mix a little art appreciation in with the rare books. Then here is where you will find both European and American art in one setting. You can browse art collected from the 15th through late 20th Century in the European section or from the 17th century to the late 20th Century in the American art exhibit. For those who wish to spend time in the gardens the Library has at least 11 different gardens that include a Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Desert Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and California Garden to name just a few.
Wednesday, July 10
Wednesday Tour: go to San Juan Capistrano to visit the Mission there, enjoy a leisurely lunch and wander this quaint town. The Mission was the 7th mission of 21 that Junipero Serra founded in California. It was founded in 1776 and has served the community for over 240 years. One unique fact about this town is that it is where the swallows return every year from Argentina. This flight covers over 6,000 miles one way. Come learn more about this and other amazing things about the mission and its environs.
Thursday, July 11
Thursday Tour: There will be an extra tour for those interested to visit the Reagan Library. The distance precluded it from being one of the normal tours, but the California Society wanted to make sure that you had an opportunity to visit two Presidential Libraries during your stay. So, maybe you stay an extra day and see this beautiful Library and its exhibits at the end of your stay.