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Home has open house to commemorate Reagan visit

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home has been open to the public since the day the then-president visited in 1984.

On Thursday, that will have been exactly 30 years ago. To commemorate that day, the home’s board of directors, staff and volunteer will have a public kickoff of a yearlong celebration with an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. that day.

Refreshments will be served in the Visitors Center, and free tours will be offered of the home, 816 S. Hennepin Ave. Street parking and front-door access is available.

President Reagan visited the home on Feb. 6, 1984, with First Lady Nancy Reagan and his brother, Neil. During a birthday celebration speech later that day, the president remarked that if the house had looked that good when the family lived there, they might never have left. President Reagan received a key to the home that day.

The Reagan family moved into the home in 1920, just before the future president turned 10, and lived there until 1923.

 

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