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Preview of new Ronald Reagan library exhibit

February 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
President Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 on Sunday and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is planning a centennial celebration, complete with a new exhibit.

It opens to the public Monday. It tries to capture the spirit of the 40th president using the latest technology.

A new statue of the Reagan greets visitors.

The coat that the president wore during the attempt of his assassination is on display.

"You'll find the bullet hole and blood stain of the president," said John D. Heubusch of the Reagan Foundation. "To this day, it remains little know how close to death he came."

Visitors can stand behind the presidential podium and read Reagan's inauguration speech off the prompter. They can also tape a scene from a movie with Reagan and watch the results.

The museum does not duck one of the Reagan presidency's most controversial episodes: Iran contra. It also reminds people how instrumental Reagan was in ending the Cold War.

Reagan was one of the most prolific writers to occupy the office. He kept a daily diary.

Also on display is the letter president Reagan wrote and the recording he made when he was told he had Alzheimer's disease.

Ronald Reagan died 10 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.