Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Flagler Museum show recounts building of Panama Canal | www.palmbeachdailynews.com

Jan Sjostrom reports on the Panama Canal exhibit at the Flagler Museum. Click title for link. Of course, the Panama Canal is in the news again as it is being widened to allow passage of super-transport ships. Many ports in Florida are being improved to accommodate the larger vessels. But this exhibit looks at its beginnings:
The show, which was organized by the museum, covers the lead-up to the American takeover, the massive construction project, life in the Canal Zone during construction and the public’s fascination with the undertaking.
Objects used to tell the story include photographs, memorabilia, sheet music, maps, enlarged postcards, a Panama hat and workers’ ID badges. There’s also a sailor’s letter describing the American fleet’s first voyage through the canal and a 1919 film giving a boat’s-eye view of the trip.
What: “Kiss of the Oceans: The Meeting of the Atlantic and the Pacific”
When: Through Jan 4
Where: Flagler Museum
For information: Call 655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us