March 21, 2011
National Archives Nixon Library Hosts Press Preview of Watergate Gallery March 31
WHAT: Press invited to preview a groundbreaking exhibition on the history of the Watergate scandal. The Watergate Gallery chronicles the events beginning in June 1971, with the Pentagon Papers leak and the formation of a clandestine White House group known as the Plumbers and ending with former President Richard Nixon’s public explanations of Watergate after he left office. Through documents, recordings, and oral histories, the Gallery addresses issues such as abuses of governmental power, secret Presidential taping, and the role of the three branches of government and the media in this constitutional crisis. The exhibition includes a timeline of Watergate events with eight interactive screens that draw from the White House tapes and 131 oral history interviews done by the Richard Nixon Library with key participants like G. Gordon Liddy, Bob Woodward and Charles Colson. The exhibit concludes with Watergate’s legislative legacy and an interactive resource center of documents, oral histories, excerpts from the White House tapes, and television coverage from the era.
WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 2011
9:30 AM - Coffee
10:00 AM - Remarks
10:30 AM - Opening of the exhibition and tour by Nixon Library Director Tim Naftali
WHERE: Richard Nixon Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California 92886
WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero
Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries Sharon Fawcett
Director, Richard Nixon Library, and Curator, Watergate Gallery, Tim Naftali
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For press information contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300 or 714-983-9120.