RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY

From small town America to the world’s stage

Tour the small towns where Ronald Reagan spent his youth before becoming a Hollywood leading man and an American president. Visit his birthplace in Tampico. See his childhood school and church in Dixon. Then reflect on his presidency and Hollywood career at the Ronald Reagan Museum & Peace Garden in Eureka.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS PRESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Lowell Park

    Lowell Park

    Dixon 96 MILES / 155 KM FROM CHICAGO

    Featuring 240 acres, Nature Center, parking, boat launches and Rock River access, fishing, hiking, nature preserve, cross-country skiing, shelters, grills, playground equipment, and more. Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives here as a lifeguard during his boyhood years.

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  • First Christian Church

    First Christian Church

    Dixon 96 MILES / 154 KM FROM CHICAGO

    First Christian Church served as the Reagan family church while they lived in Dixon and helped form Ronald Reagan's Christian-based work ethic, which included a short term as a Sunday School teacher.

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  • Wings of Peace and Freedom Park

    Wings of Peace and Freedom Park

    Dixon 96 MILES / 154 KM FROM CHICAGO

    A Bulgarian immigrant donated the Wings of Peace and Freedom sculpture to the City of Dixon. The artwork, which includes a full-size replica of a section of the Berlin Wall, recognizes President Reagan's efforts to attain worldwide peace and freedom.

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  • Loveland Museum

    Loveland Museum

    Dixon 96 MILES / 154 KM FROM CHICAGO

    This museum featuring many artifacts of farm and community life from years past. A Reagan Wing with images and posters of Reagan's life as movie actor and Dixon citizen includes a plaque presented to him for services as life guard at Lowell Park, where he served from 9th grade through part of his college years.

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  • Dixon Historic Center

    Dixon Historic Center

    Dixon 96 MILES / 154 KM FROM CHICAGO

    History Research and Learning Center housed in President Ronald Reagan's boyhood South Central School. Beautifully restored and proudly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

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  • Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitors Center

    Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitors Center

    Dixon 96 MILES / 154 KM FROM CHICAGO

    Tour the restored home that the Reagan family resided in from 1920-1923, and meander through the Visitor Center and Gift Shop which features books and gifts highlighting the Reagan legacy. The tour includes the four-room Presidential Timeline exhibit and the viewing of a Reagan biographical video.

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  • Ronald Reagan Birthplace & Museum

    Ronald Reagan Birthplace & Museum

    Tampico 113 MILES / 182 KM FROM CHICAGO

    This quaint apartment, featuring the bedroom where the President was born, restored and decorated to its original 1900's style, sits on the second floor at the site of the First National Bank which has also been restored. Next door is a gift store and museum of Reagan memorabilia.

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  • Ronald Reagan Trail

    Ronald Reagan Trail

    Eureka 117 MILES / 189 KM FROM CHICAGO

    A self-guided driving tour that celebrates the hometown values and heritage of our 40th President.

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  • Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden

    Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden

    Eureka 117 MILES / 189 KM FROM CHICAGO

    Housed in the Donald B. Cerf Center at Eureka College, the museum collection numbers over 10,000 items from President Reagan's Eureka College student days, his movie and TV career, his governorship of California and two terms as president of the United States. The Reagan Peace Garden located on the historic campus includes a bust of the 40th president and a section of the Berlin Wall.

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