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Flanked by Secret Service agents, Ronald and Nancy Reagan shake hands with well-wishers in the Monmouth College gymnasium following his campaign appearance in February 1976.

Reagan’s 1976 Monmouth visit mixed nostalgia with politics

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Reagan answers questions from reporters following his remarks. Seated on the stage, along with local Republican leaders, is Monmouth College president DeBow Freed, who issued the invitation for Reagan to speak.

Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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