"welcome to california": personal note warmly inscribed by ronald reagan to mikhail and raisa gorbachev

  • Ronald Reagan Autographed Note To Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev.

Ronald Reagan Autographed Note To Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev.

Item Number: 33021

Autograph note signed by Ronald Reagan on his personal letterhead as follows, “June 3 1990. Dear Mikhail & Raisa, Welcome to California! Fondly, & Ron.” Lacking the signature of Nancy Reagan which Ronald left space for before his own. The note was presumably discarded due to an obvious spelling error made in “Mikhail” which Reagan messily corrected and a revised version was ultimately given to the Gorbechevs. Matted and framed with a photograph of both the Reagan’s and Gorbachev’s. The entire piece measures 12.5 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable; a unique piece of history.

President George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbechev held a three-day summit in Washington in June 1990 to discuss the future of a reunified Germany in Cold War Europe. The United States wished for the new Germany to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which had been created in 1949 to defend against Soviet expansion into Western Europe. The Soviet Union responded expressing grave concerns over German membership in NATO, and Gorbachev proposed that the new Germany become a member of both the Warsaw Pact and NATO. The summit ended on friendly terms but without a concrete agreement after which The Gorbachevs visited the state of California where they met Ronald and Nancy Reagan for breakfast at the Soviet Consulate in San Francisco.