Astronauts in the Zone

In only one more day, it will have been fifty years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their historic steps on the moon. We have several photos in the collection of NASA… Continue reading


In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, please enjoy this signed copy of Earthrise from the collection, donated by Bill Anders and Bob Gibson. The photograph is an… Continue reading

Creatures of the Zone

Coatis and snakes and sloths, oh my! Here is a selection of animal photos from the collection. Which wild animals did you frequently see in the Canal Zone? Were they in residential areas?… Continue reading

Fourth of July in the Canal Zone

Happy Independence Day from PCMC! We have several items in the collection showing how Zonians celebrated the Fourth of July throughout the years. How did you celebrate Independence Day in the Canal Zone?… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Jacqueline Cochran

On this day in 1954, pilot Jacqueline Cochran visited the Canal Zone. Just over a year prior, she became the first woman to break the sound barrier. She is pictured here visiting the… Continue reading

Do You Remember this Theatre?

Hello, PCMC members! We need your help in gathering information about the Surfside Theatre. In the collection, we have a program and invitation to the theatre’s production of Rashomon, which made its Broadway… Continue reading

115 Years Ago…

Tomorrow marks 115 years since the official opening of the Panama Canal Zone. On May 4, 1904, Lieutenant Mark Brooke stood in front of the Hotel de la Compagnie, the headquarters of the… Continue reading

The Art of the PCMC

In addition to documents, photographs, and artifacts, we have a collection of art here at the PCMC. Please enjoy these Canal Zone scenes by Al Sprague, Jerry Fields, and B. Sturtevant Gardner.  … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: A Day at the PCMC

On any given weekday, work is being done at the PCMC to ensure the collection is well organized, well housed, and easily navigable. Here is a taste of a typical day at the… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Pilot “Autograph” Books

We have multiple personalized “autograph” books in the collection, originally owned by Canal Pilots. These books are full of the stamps of ships that passed through the Panama Canal, as well as the… Continue reading