Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home celebrates 25 years

From press release

The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, Ill., invites you to its newly renovated Visitor Center. A special celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 24, on the site at 816 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Activities include Jelly Belly contests, rabbits on display, pictures with President Ronald Reagan and food served by the Dixon Evening Lions Club.

In November 2005, a decision was made to bring a fresh, new look to the Visitor Center with a number of changes and improvements. After seeking permission for reproduction, including photos from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the Reagan Legacy Timeline was created. The Timeline features more than 65 photos, quotes and interesting facts about our 40th president, offering further insight into the life of “The Great Communicator.”

The Visitor Center is composed of four rooms. Each of the rooms has been dedicated to highlighting a single period of President Reagan’s life. They are as follows: His Formative Years, His Hollywood Years, His Citizen-Politician Years and His Presidential Years. Several other improvements were completed, including the installation of track lighting in all rooms to highlight the Timeline display, a visitor guest book, a 42-inch wide-screen television, and the gift shop was doubled in size to accommodate a number of new items. Once again, with permission from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, exclusive photographic prints are now offered in the gift shop.

Two new brochures and a new Web site were developed to help promote attendance. Guests who visit the home will receive a historical tour brochure and a souvenir ticket. Admission is $3 per adult, and children younger than 12 get in free.

An area-wide volunteer force of more than 40 individuals, including a volunteer board of directors, operates the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitor Center. The Reagan Home hosts more than 12,000 visitors annually from March through October. Visitors from all over the world have come to learn about this incredible man.

The Ronald Reagan Home Preservation Foundation is funded by voluntary contributions from interested donors. It is a non-profit organization and receives no grant from any government agency. No tax dollars go to support the home or the Visitor Center. Contributions may be sent to: Ronald Reagan Home Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 816, Dixon, IL 61021. For more information, call 288-5176 or visit

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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