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100th anniversary of First Lady Nancy Reagan's birth commemorated with new statue in Ventura County

A new statue at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley commemorates First Lady Nancy Reagan.

First solo work of First Lady at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

She was America’s First Lady for eight years. As the 100th anniversary of her birth is being celebrated, a new Nancy Reagan statue was unveiled at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Tuesday.

"She was witty, she was warm, but took her role as First Lady very seriously," said John Heubush, the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

Artist Chas Fagan created the bronze work. "She seated, she's inviting you to join her on the open space on the bench...but, there's more. Tucked under the corner of the basket is a folded, bronze newspaper," said Fagan. "Inside, you can see and you can touch an actual piece of the Berlin Wall."

Reagan Library photo
President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan are both buried at the Ronald Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

The celebration of the former First Lady’s life will wrap up next week with the unveiling of a new Nancy Reagan postage stamp. She died in 2016, and is buried next to President Reagan on the Library’s grounds.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.