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Client: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
“John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation”

The sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, from which John F. Kennedy was shot, is now a museum interpreting events surrounding the tragic day in 1963. Proto Productions produced the original interpretive graphics and photographs for the museum. On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, Proto was contracted to update the exhibit with new display cases, graphics and photographs.

Proto fabricated a state-of-the-art 10’ x 10’ archival display case and installed the scale model of the JFK assassination crime scene at Dealey Plaza built by the FBI. The case was engineered to meet the rigorous conservation standards of the National Archives. The new case used ½” laminated glass with UV filtering and non-glare coatings mounted to a proprietary structural framing. A concealed hinge system provides full-access doors on both sides of the case, maintaining the needed accessibility to the model. This case was engineered to house an active humidity system, including silicone gasket seals. All components were conservation grade materials and had zero VOC emissions. In conjunction with the National Archives representative and museum staff, Proto re-installed the existing FBI Model segments. Proto coordinated integration of the security systems, introduced dimmable LED lighting.
In addition to the FBI model case, Proto fabricated a conservation grade archival case for the mannequin of Sheriff Jim Leavelle, displaying his clothing and handcuffs.