Espionage in the Canal Zone

In our collections, there are photographs of the seemingly unassuming U.S. passenger ship called the SS America. However, this ship was implicated in the largest espionage case in U.S. history while it was in the… Continue reading

Be a part of our 2019 exhibition

We are calling for stories to include in our 2019 exhibition at the Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery at the University of Florida. 2019 marks the anniversary of many major events that… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Queen Lois I

We have a multitude of photographs of Queen Lois I in the collection, including some of her pictured with her court, thanks to donations from the Katya De LaMatier Collection. Lois was crowned Carnival… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving from PCMC!

Happy Thanksgiving, PCMC members! We hope you are enjoying this holiday with food, family, and friends. To celebrate, here is a menu for Thanksgiving in 1966 aboard the S.S. Cristobal. The menu features… Continue reading

Contribute to The New Cocolí Dictionary

The New Cocolí Dictionary, compiled by Carl N. Berg and Patricia D. Propst, presents the most common definition or understanding of names, words, and phrases that were familiar during the American Era of… Continue reading

Happy Halloween from PCMC!

Hello, PCMC members! We hope you are having a wonderfully spooky Halloween. To celebrate, here is a photo with Halloween spirit! Our records say that these women were called the “Commissary Girls” and… Continue reading

Can you identify these club members?

Hello, PCMC members! We are on a quest to identify the members of the Pacific Sailfish Club pictured in this photograph: If you think you know who someone is, please give us their… Continue reading

Can you identify these buildings?

Hello, PCMC members! Below are two images of unknown buildings in the Canal Zone. Can you tell us the names or purposes of these buildings, along with any other information about these places?… Continue reading

Kids in the Canal Zone

It looks like these kids put on quite the performance! We think these photographs are from an elementary school play at a school somewhere on the Atlantic side of the Canal Zone. Can… Continue reading

S.S. Panama: from cruise to transporter of famous art in World War II

On June 13, 1941, before the bombing at Pearl Harbor, the S.S. PANAMA was turned over to the Army Transport Service to carry troops. The ship was renamed the JAMES PARKER in honor… Continue reading