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March 7th, 1964
On this day in 1964, President Johnson signed Executive Order 11145 providing for a Curator of the White House and establishing a Committee for the Preservation of the White House.
WHEREAS the White House, as the home of the highest elective officer of the United States
—symbolizes the American ideal of responsible self-government
—is emblematic of our democracy and our national purpose
—has been intimately associated with the personal and social life of the Presidents of the United States and many of their official acts
—occupies a particular place in the heart of every American citizen, and
WHEREAS certain historic rooms and entranceways in the White House
—possess great human interest and historic significance
—traditionally have been open to visitors
—have provided pleasure and patriotic inspiration to millions of our citizens
—have come to be regarded as a public museum and the proud possession of all Americans…