Inside the college's Donald B. Cerf Center is the Reagan Museum, the largest collection of memorabilia about our 40th president outside of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in southern California.
Eureka produced a YouTube video about the museum.
The museum has about 2,000 items in its collection, about 1,000 are on display at any time. In articles about the museum, photographs of Reagan's presidential cowboy boots are almost always included. Oh, photographs! Unlike most museums, picture taking is permitted, although every display item is located behind a glass showcase--which presented a challenging situation for me while I was photographing what was behind the displays.
The Reagan Diaries is sprinkled with numerous references to meetings with students and fundraisers from Eureka. In his November 30, 1988 diary entry, Reagan writes, "I was pleased to learn that we've been shipping stuff to Eureka College for their museum."
While I was at the musuem, a DVD of humorous Reagan quotes was playing--the Gipper of course was a first-rate raconteur.
But none of those schools have Reagan. Last month, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gave the Eureka commencement address and with his wife, Callista, became first time donors to the school.
|Gingrich and the author at CPAC, |
The final words come from Reagan's son Michael:
|Reagan museum video display|
When it comes to Ronald Reagan, there is one college that is the torch bearer. Eureka College is more committed to the living legacy of Ronald Reagan than any other institution of learning in America. Set among the Illinois small towns where Ronald Reagan grew up, Eureka College is his proud alma mater where my dad found a vision and voice that would help him lead throughout his life. In his words, "Everything that was good in my life began here."Next: The town of Eureka
Returning to Eureka College and the 1982 address
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