Magazine May 4, 2009, Issue

Western Civ

Louis L’Amour (Darren Gygi)

When the Reagan Ranch went up for sale in 1996, Nancy Reagan left behind most of the furniture and linens but removed a number of personal items. She didn’t want them falling into the hands of strangers. After Young America’s Foundation bought the home, however, she sent back artwork, silverware, and other effects. YAF had promised to preserve the property, and the former first lady thought that many of the family belongings should be saved along with it.

Today, a visit to the Reagan Ranch — the so-called Western White House, near Santa Barbara, Calif. — is a journey back to

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John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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