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Young america's Foundation Press Release

To All of the businesses and citizens who have either supported us financially or actually worked at the Reagan Home in Dixon, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all that have been here for us over the years. We would not be where we are today without your efforts. The Reagan Home is taking what I believe will be a giant step forward towards a new beginning in this partnership with YAF. It is a win for the community, the Home and YAF.

Patrick Gorman
Executive Director
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Young America’s Foundation (YAF) is excited to announce that YAF is the new caretaker and
owner of President Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois. YAF looks forward to
carrying on the important work of preserving and protecting this historic property, which has
been managed and cared for by the Ronald Reagan Home Preservation Foundation since 1980.
Growing up in Dixon, Illinois—in a modest home built in 1891—was a formative experience for
Ronald Reagan. It was there, in the 1920s, that he developed the values that would guide the rest
of his life. As Reagan said of his hometown, “All of us have to have a place we go back to.
Dixon is that place for me. There was the life that has shaped my body and mind for all the years
to come.”
Now, YAF is ensuring that Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home will be preserved for future
generations, just as YAF has preserved and protected Ronald Reagan’s beloved Rancho del Cielo
in Santa Barbara, California.
As the nation’s leading conservative youth organization, YAF understands the importance of
Ronald Reagan’s earnest belief that “there is a flickering spark in us all which, if struck at just
the right age…can light the rest of our lives.”
“Ronald Reagan shaped my values and, most importantly, my optimistic view of America,”
noted Governor Scott Walker, CEO and incoming president of Young America’s Foundation.
“Like Ronald Reagan, I grew up in a small Midwestern town. I love visiting Dixon and touring
the well-preserved boyhood home of our 40th President. Today, the Reagan Ranch allows YAF
to share the values and lasting accomplishments of our 40th President with future generations. It
is my hope that by sharing the story of Ronald Reagan’s early years through his boyhood home
in Dixon, we will give young people and all visitors a new appreciation for one of our nation’s
greatest leaders and the values he learned and fought for.”
Since 1998, YAF has preserved Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan’s ranch and the only home he
owned while President. Reagan’s boyhood home will be a significant component of YAF’s
efforts to share the achievements and ideals our 40th President with future generations,
particularly those in the Midwest.
“Patriotic Americans in Dixon, Illinois, have done great work in preserving this important piece
of American history for many decades,” stated YAF President Ron Robinson. “Young America’s
Foundation looks forward to a strong partnership with the Dixon community. The involvement
of the community in the Santa Barbara area is still strong more than two decades after YAF
acquired the Reagan Ranch. YAF plans to build on that model while we open this historic
Presidential site to visitors from across the country and around the world.”
As with the Reagan Ranch, YAF will preserve President Reagan’s boyhood home through
private funding rather than through state or federal taxpayer dollars.
“I am excited to have played a role in the transfer of the Ronald Reagan home in Dixon to Young
America’s Foundation,” said Marilyn Shippert, president of the Ronald Reagan Home
Preservation Foundation. “YAF will be a wonderful asset to the Dixon community, showcasing

the boyhood home of our 40th President. In addition to the home’s availability to the public, the
Foundation will be promoting Reagan’s legacy along with the conservative values he learned as
a young man in his hometown. I view this as a win for both our community and the values of
Ronald Reagan.”
As radical leftists and educational institutions across the country seek to erase America’s history
by tearing down statues of figures like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Abraham
Lincoln, YAF is determined to preserve the ideas and accomplishments of those who advanced
freedom for future generations.
Patrick Gorman, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Home Preservation Foundation, shared
his enthusiasm for the future of this historic property under YAF’s leadership:
“I am pleased to announce Young America’s Foundation has chosen to carry on the work we
have been doing since 1980 to share Ronald Reagan’s life and legacy as a critical part of Dixon’s
and America’s history. For the past year, in our discussions with YAF’s leadership, it was clear
this was the right decision—not only financially, but also to secure the future of the home in
Dixon for many years to come. Many thanks go to Young America’s Foundation and its board
for this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to a smooth transition and ongoing partnership.”
The acquisition of President Reagan’s boyhood home strengthens YAF’s relationship with our
40th President and his legacy. In 1962, Reagan joined YAF’s National Advisory Board,
eventually becoming the organization’s honorary national chairman. In 1974, the Foundation
sponsored a nationally-syndicated radio program featuring then-California Governor Ronald
Reagan. During each year of Reagan’s Presidency, he hosted students attending YAF’s National
Conservative Student Conference at the White House. In 1998, YAF stepped forward to save
Reagan’s 688-acre Rancho del Cielo with the blessings of the Reagan family.
President Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, underscored his appreciation for YAF and his
excitement regarding the Foundation’s latest endeavor in Dixon: “I’ve worked with Young
America’s Foundation for more than two decades. From the outset, they have done exemplary
work preserving Dad and Nancy’s beloved ranch. They’ve stayed true to Dad’s values and
beliefs and have always treated our family with the utmost respect. I trust YAF to bring the same
care and professionalism to Dad’s home in Dixon.”
Young America’s Foundation recognizes that the Reagan boyhood home is an excellent
educational venue for students to learn the significance of President Ronald Reagan and his
principles. YAF is honored to be entrusted with preserving this historic Presidential site.
Learn more about YAF’s mission and ongoing work to advance freedom here.

Young America’s Foundation | 2020

Welcome to the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. The home of Jack and Nelle Reagan, the parents of President Ronald Reagan. Jack, Nelle, Neil (their oldest child) and Ronald all lived here in the 1920’s. Come experience what his youth was like and walk in his footsteps through his boyhood home and the city he loved. 

Closed for the Season

It is with regret that I have to announce that the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon will not be opening this year. Other area facilities have chosen not to open and we support that decision at this time.

The safety of our friends, patrons and volunteers is paramount and we would never jeopardize their safety in any way. IF something changes and we feel it is safe to open at a later date, in the 2020 season notice will be made on our Website and our Facebook Page. If not we do hope to see you all in 2021.

From the Director

To Our Friends and Patrons,

    The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home had an initial season opening day of April 1st, 2020 planned when our nation and for that matter the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic. BUT we have not been idle at the Reagan Home, we have undergone a complete remodel of the inside of our Visitors Center,  updated our website, created a NEW pre-tour video, and installed a brand new handicapped ramp for those with physical challenges. At the Home we installed new carpet in the hallway and stairs as well as refinished some of the rooms, redid some of the failing wallpaper, and stained and varnished much of the woodwork.

As we move forward with the return to normal phase the Reagan Home is going to remain closed, with a tentative opening date of August 1st, 2020. The reasons are twofold, first and foremost the safety of our entire staff, a lot of us are in the “Compromised Group” who are most at risk for infection.  The second reason is the safety of our patrons and guests.

During the period when we will be closed we will be moving forward with renovations, and the three major challenges we have left are: installing a new Cedar Shake roof on the Reagan home, installing same on the barn and finally a complete repaint of the barn. These decisions were made after much consideration for all parties involved.  The end result will be a far greater experience when visiting our nearly new campus in Dixon.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult and challenging time. 

Patrick Gorman
Executive Director
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Admission Fees

The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home does not receive Federal Funding.
Admission fees are charges for your docent guided tours.
Thank You, The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Adults: $8
Veterans of all ages & Children ages 5-12: $5
Active Duty Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and Children under 5: Free

Current Events

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Reagan 5K Run

What – 20th Annual 5K Reagan Run – 5K = 3.1 Miles and walkers are welcome When – Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

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April 2019 Newsletter

The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home & Visitor’s Center News February 8th 2019 Fundraising Dinner On Friday, February 8th at 7:00 pm, the Lee County Republicans

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