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Kissinger, Schwarzenegger to appear at Oct. 14 reopening of Nixon Presidential Library

Kissinger, Schwarzenegger to appear at Oct. 14 reopening of Nixon Presidential Library
The rendering on the wall gives a glimpse of what the new entrance to the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda will look like when it reopens Oct. 14. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will turn out Oct. 14 for the reopening of the newly renovated Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda.

The 26-year-old library received a $15-million upgrade and a major rethink about how to tell the story of the 37th president's political rise and fall.

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The ceremony, free and open to the public, takes place 11 a.m. Oct. 14, according to a library statement released Wednesday. Attendees also include Nixon's brother, Ed Nixon, and grandchildren Christopher Cox and Melanie Eisenhower.

The USC Trojan Marching Band will perform for visitors and a squadron of planes (including a World War II aircraft that flew on D-Day) will fly overhead to mark the occasion. And there will be musical tributes to Elvis Presley, who famously met Nixon in the White House in 1970, and the Beatles.

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Admission to the library and museum will be free until 9 p.m. Oct. 14.

The celebration continues Oct. 15 with a 10 a.m. session about the creators behind the "new" library and museum,  and a noon panel featuring four Nixon biographers.

New exhibits include a replica of the Oval Office, an expanded Vietnam War section and displays about Nixon's foreign and domestic policy achievements, the L.A. Times reported last month. The site will add interactive and multimedia displays in some galleries plus films, more than 600 photographs and 300 artifacts, the statement says.

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