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

A Well-Used Collection

This semester, three courses at the University of Florida are utilizing the Panama Canal Museum Collection in their curricula, exposing both graduate and undergraduate students to various portions of Canal Zone history. Professor… Continue reading

The Art of PCMC: John Haines

Some of you may remember seeing this painting displayed at the Fort Amador Golf Course. The painting now resides here in Gainesville, but its painter, John Haines, has kindly provided its backstory for… Continue reading

New Online Resources

Hello, PCMC members! We have two new online resources to share. The first is a list of Spanish American War veterans buried at the Corozal American Cemetery in Panama. The list was compiled… Continue reading

From the Stacks: Overlooking Canal

I spy a couple who is not afraid of heights! Nearly 110 years ago, a man and woman viewed the construction of the Panama Canal from a “tree on Balboa Mountain.” Did sightseeing… Continue reading

Updates and Introductions: Summer Bias

Hello, all! My name is Summer Bias and I am new to the PCMC team. I am a second-year Museum Studies graduate student concentrating on History here at UF. This semester I am… Continue reading

The Canal Zone – Then and Now / “A Land Divided, a World United”

Thanks to Joe Wood for sharing this interesting video with the PCMC team! The video description reads, “This publication covers 150 historical photos (Then), in black and white, from 1904 to 1941 and… Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day from PCMC!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the PCMC! In celebration, here is an essay to help you reminisce about dating life in the Canal Zone. It is from Cristobal High School’s 1938-1939 Junior Class Essay… Continue reading

Can you identify this neighborhood?

We need your help with identifying the location and purpose of these buildings. We assume that they are residential buildings. Please click each image to enlarge and comment below, including the photo number… Continue reading