From the Stacks: President William Howard Taft

This photograph is from 27th President of the United States William Howard Taft’s visit to the Canal Zone. Check out the Library of Congress website for videos of Taft’s visit: https://www.loc.gov/item/mp76000111/. This website suggests… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Captain’s Dinner on the Panama Line

Here we see a menu from a Captain’s Dinner for the U.S.S. Ancon on June 17, 1951, complete with a watercolor image of the Panama Canal. . Did you ever attend a special… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Red Wing Grasshopper

This Red Wing Grasshopper is a part of the Luke C. Palumbo (1912 – 2006) Insect Collection. The insects, amphibians, marine life and other jungle “critters” in this collection come from Coach Palumbo’s… Continue reading

Can you identify these street views?

Hello, PCMC members! Below are two images of unknown street scenes in the Canal Zone. Can you tell us where they are from, along with any other information about these places? If you… Continue reading

Canal Zone Memories: Hotel Washington

Take a look at this picturesque photo taken in 1948 of Hotel Washington in Colón, Republic of Panama.   Do you have any memories associated with this hotel? Did you ever go there… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Tourists in the Canal Zone

Here’s a photo we found from 1962/1963 of tourists at the Observation Platform at the locks. How did you interact with tourists in the Canal Zone? Would you ever visit the observation platform… Continue reading

Call for Travel to Collections Proposals

Travel grants up to $2,500 are available to undertake research between August 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 with UF’s Special and Area Studies Collections. Proposals are due Friday, June 1, 2018 with… Continue reading

Molas in Full Color

UF School of Art and Art History examined Panamanian molas from the PCMC collection first-hand to understand their complex appliqué techniques. Their class took place in the Judaica Suite in the Smathers Library.… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Cayuco Race

The PCMC team came across these photographs from a cayuco race that occurred in 1999. Cayuco are boats that are traditionally used by native people in Panama, and are crafted from a large… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Panama Canal Women’s Welfare Group

We recently stumbled upon this photo of women who seem to belong to a “Panama Canal Women’s Welfare Group.” Any help identifying the women pictured would be much appreciated. Do you remember the… Continue reading