FOX Business’ Connell McShane on the reopening of the Reagan Library after being closed for 14 months.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, the most visited of the country's 13 presidential exhibitions and archives, finally reopened to visitors Wednesday.
The library and museum were ordered shut on March 13, 2020, by the National Archives and Records Administration because of the outbreak of COVID-19.
"We’re excited to open back up, but this has just been brutal," the library's executive director, John Heubusch, told FOX Business about the more than 14-month closure. "I would say, because of the closure, we’ve had between $10 million-$12 million in lost revenue."
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Heubush says the library is privately funded and was able to stash enough money away to stay afloat.
"We didn’t take a dime of any of the PPP [Paycheck Protection Program] funds," said Heubush, who believes that would have been a point of pride for former President Ronald Reagan. "He believed in smaller government, not larger government, so we survived on our own."