Sunnylands in History
Sunnylands emerged onto the world stage when the historic estate was completed in 1966. It has since welcomed eight U.S. presidents and world leaders, noted intellectuals, celebrities, and friends and family. On many occasions, guests have engaged in dialogue that led to efforts to enhance international understanding and civil discourse.
Civil rights luminaries, including members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, convene at Sunnylands.
President Barack Obama convenes leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at Sunnylands.
President Obama meets King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Key leaders from science, government, NGOs, and industry meet to discuss the future of AIDS research.
Sunnylands-Aspen Institute Task Force on Streamlining and Consolidating Congressional Oversight of the US Department of Homeland Security releases report.
President Barack Obama hosts President Xi Jinping of China for an informal meeting deemed a "shirtsleeve summit."
Sunnylands and the Woodrow Wilson Center convene a high-level retreat on US-Mexico relations.
California’s governor and bipartisan congressional leaders meet.
The Annenbergs announce a $500 million donation to the American public school system.
President George H. W. Bush hosts an official White House dinner for Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu of Japan.
The Annenbergs announce a $50 million gift to the United Negro College Fund in a ceremony with President George Bush.
President Ronald Reagan signs a free trade agreement with Canada, a precursor to NAFTA, and announces it to the nation from Sunnylands.
President Ronald Reagan exchanges televised New Year's greetings with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev watching on the TV in the Room of Memories.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll and HRH Prince Philip visit Sunnylands.
Frank and Barbara Sinatra marry at Sunnylands.
President Richard Nixon finds a refuge at Sunnylands, after President Gerald Ford issues a pardon for Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal.
President Richard Nixon drafts his final State of the Union Address while visiting Sunnylands.
Walter and Leonore Annenberg hosted the Republican Governors Association at Sunnylands.
Sunnylands welcomes its first guests, among whom was President Dwight D. Eisenhower.