PRICE: $5 members; $8 public. Purchase tickets at www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov
Peggy Grande, a former assistant to Ronald Reagan, offers a look at his post-presidential years in her new book, The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years. Grande will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. and then speak in the Museum's Union Theater at 6:30 p.m.
After leaving the White House, Ronald Reagan met with world leaders, planned his presidential library, wrote his memoirs and slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. Peggy Grande was at his side during those years and will discuss them July 10 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
ThePresidentWillSeeYou Cover smallGrande, author of "The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years," served as his assistant for 10 years. From first meeting him to helping coordinate his funeral, Grande offers readers a detailed portrait of Reagan's personality, drive and impact on others.
"His leadership inspired me, changed me, taught me, and challenged me," she writes.
Grande will sign copies of "The President Will See You Now" at 6 p.m. Then at 6:30 she will speak and take questions from the audience.
Tickets are $8 for the general public or $5 for members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. For tickets, visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov and click on "Special Event Reservations." Tickets can also be purchased at the door, starting at 5:30.
Grande is appearing in conjunction with the special exhibit "From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama." The exhibit, presented with assistance from PNC Bank and the John Ullrich Foundation, explores the lives of the four presidents who lived in Illinois.
Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, began his career at the Reagan Presidential Library and looks forward to hearing Grande's observations.
"I was fortunate enough to meet President and Mrs. Reagan many times. They were wonderful people, and I'm excited to hear from someone who worked with President Reagan every day," Lowe said.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (located at 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield) is dedicated to telling the story of America's 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors. It also has some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history.
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