Co-Curators Wanted

As you all know, the Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida captures many aspects of life and work in the Canal Zone, from construction and maintenance to leisure and culture.

One aspect that is very present in the collection is the importance of scouting activities in the zone.  To highlight this portion of the collection, we will be creating two temporary exhibits focused on scouting in the canal zone!

The first will be here in Smathers Library– just in time for the March 12 meeting!

The second will be at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, this July.

Curating two exhibits can be a lot of work!  Especially when we have a collection that so so rich with materials.

To that end, we would like to enlist YOUR help as co-curators of these exhibits.

We have spent the past few weeks looking through the collection and analyzing our holdings to determine what shape the exhibits might take.  We have identified 10 areas/groups that we might highlight.

Girl Scouts & Brownies
Sea Scouts
Patches
Badges
Pins
Awards
Cayuco Races
Medals
Camp / Camping
Patriotism

But we really want to know what is important to YOU! 

Please join the conversation in the comments to tell us…

What themes do you think are most important?
What types of objects are you most interested in seeing?
What was the best part of being a scout in the canal zone?
Why was being a scout important to you?

The comments you make may even be used as exhibit labels!

Also, be on the lookout for more Co-Curator posts, as we move forward with these exhibits.  There will be more opportunities to contribute content, vote, and make curatorial decisions via the blog!

 

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