“A monument to her greatness”, proclaims The Sunday Telegraph in its lead story this morning, on Conservative Way Forward’s plans for the Margaret Thatcher Library & Museum.
The twin inspirations behind the Library & Museum are both in California. In 2002 I first visited Ronald Reagan’s beloved home in the mountains above Santa Barbara, Rancho del Cielo. Young America’s Foundation’s visionary President, Ron Robinson, had gambled and saved the Reagan Ranch for the nation in 1998. He then had the foresight to build and develop the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara itself – a “schoolhouse for Reaganism” that fuses teaching facilities, educational exhibits and artefacts to teach young people about the remarkable life and presidency of Ronald Reagan.
It was in 2007 that I first visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley, Reagan’s last resting place and a location with sweeping views across the valley to the West. Through a range of innovative exhibits, the Reagan Library tells the story of President Reagan’s life in an electrifying way. Both facilities ensure that you get to understand Reagan the Man as well as Reagan the President.