• Guest Blogger

    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 the blog: “For many years, the U.S. Army in Panama operated and maintained a golf course at Ft. Amador on the Pacific side of the Isthmus.  In the clubhouse, there was a bar and grill and on one of the walls there was a huge painting of the so-called “Colonels’ Row” of large, concrete officers’ quarters that ran parallel to the second fairway. (As an aside, in his novel, “The Tailor of Panama”, John LeCarre describes, somewhat…

  • Research and Resources

    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 by the Friends of the PCMC. These were SAW veterans who subsequently came to Panama to live and work on the Canal. You can find the link here: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pcm/SAWVets_2019March6.pdf. These veterans have also been added to our list of Zonians in the Military, available at https://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/pcmc/links/MilitaryZonians. The second new resource is an annotated bibliography of books about the American period of the Panama Canal (1904-1999), compiled by Elizabeth Bemis. The bibliography is an ongoing effort, and we…

  • Collections

    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 structures like this one remain after the construction period ended? Do you know anything about this location?

  • News and Updates

    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 working on blog posts and processing collections. I am so excited to learn more about the history of the Panama Canal Zone and showcase interesting pieces of the past here on the blog!