Restoration of Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C

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MISSION 66

MISSION 66 is a program to be completed by 1966 which will assure the maximum protection of the scenic, scientific, wilderness, and historic resources of the National Park System in such ways and by such means as will make them available for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Under this program, outmoded and inadequate facilities will be replaced with physical improvements adequate to meet the heavy demands of increased visitation. These improvements will be so designed and located as to reduce the impact of public use on valuable and destructible features. The program seeks to provide visitor services of the quality and quantity that the public is entitled to expect. At the same time, it strives for the fullest possible degree of protection for both visitors and resources.

With specific reference to this National Monument, MISSION 66 will completely restore Ford's Theatre to its original appearance as of the night of April 14, 1865; install the Lincoln Museum with modern exhibits of contemporary design in the basement; and restore the Star Saloon and north wing of the theatre to their original appearance.

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