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

Champagne Complex

According to this newspaper article from The Panama American, the theatre troupe from the Cristobal Little Theatre brought their production of Leslie Steven’s Champagne Complex to the Fort Gulick Theatre in 1961. This… Continue reading

Coco Solo, birthplace of the late Senator John McCain

Today, in honor of the late Sen. John McCain’s funeral services, we’re sharing some photos of Coco Solo from our collections. Sen. McCain was born in the United States Navy submarine base and… Continue reading

An Afternoon with Queen Elizabeth II

We find the coolest things while reprocessing the collections! Here is an invitation from the Governor of the Canal Zone for a reception with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Model Planes at the Pool

Check out this summertime find from the collection! It looks like this group of young people is examining a display of model planes beside a community pool. Do you know what this event… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Lights, Camera, Action!

In this photograph, young girls in costume perform for a camera crew. Can you identify the people in this photo? Do you know what these girls were performing? Do you know which year… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Sack Race

Here we see a mad dash for the finish line in a photo labeled “Margarita MRA sack race.” Can you confirm if “MRA” is the Margarita Recreational Association? What do you know about… Continue reading

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