Mission 66 and the Creation of the Cyclorama Building: Part Two of Three

By Tricia Runzel ’13, Gabby Hornbeck ’13, and Becky Oakes ’13

Within the last couple of years, the Gettysburg Cyclorama Building has become a point of tension for Gettysburg buffs across the country. After a long battle, the National Park Service has recently begun demolishing the structure. In an effort to better understand the controversy over the fate of the Cyclorama Building, three Civil War Institute Fellows have completed a three part video series explaining both sides of the argument and why the decision was ultimately made to return the landscape to its 1863 appearance.

Click below for the second installment of this series, “Mission 66 and the Creation of the Cyclorama Building.” Check back in the coming weeks for the conclusion of this series, “Returning the Landscape to its Battlefield Appearance.”


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French, Christine Madrid. “reCyclorama: The Campaign to Save Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Building in Gettysburg.” reCyclorama Advocacy Group. Accessed February 10, 2013.

Longstreth, Richard. “Architectural History and the Practice of Historic Preservation in the United States.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 58, no. 3 (September 1999): 326-333.

Nitkiewicz, Walter J. “Treatment of the Gettysburg Cyclorama.” Studies in Conservation 10, no. 3 (August 1965): 91-118.

Worden, Amy. “Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg will be Demolished.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 11, 2013.

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