Cold War History Heats Up

New exhibit at the Reagan Presidential Library showcases the end of the Cold War to a new generation

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in Simi Valley will open a new exhibit on Oct. 15, commemorating that historic event.

Several historical items relating to the end of the Cold War will be on display to the public, including:

  • The original Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
  • The original speech cards used by President Reagan to deliver his famous "Tear Down This Wall" speech on June 12, 1987.
  • The actual suit and cufflinks worn by President Reagan during his June 12, 1987, speech.
  • A U.S. Flag flown over Checkpoint Charlie, presented to President Reagan "on behalf of the dedicated Americans who have served Berlin since 1945."

Also former First Lady Nancy Reagan will host a luncheon on Nov. 6 with speeches from many people who worked in the Reagan administration during the 1980s.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has also created a dedicated mini-site with historical materials, true stories of families separated by the Wall, and other educational items at www.reaganfoundation.org/berlinwall.

Tickets for the conference are $75 per person and include free admission into the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Air Force One Pavilion. Tickets can be purchased at www.reaganfoundation.org/november6. For more information, call 805-522-2977.

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