• News and Updates,  Staff Spotlight

    Updates and Introductions: Lynea Wilson

    Hello! My name is Lynea Wilson and this is my first semester working with the Panama Canal Museum Collection. I am currently helping to prepare the upcoming exhibition all about food in the Zone. This topic is closely related to my thesis research into the use of food in museum education.  I’ve spent the last week looking through Zonian cook books, yearbooks, and oral histories and am so interested to learn more about this subject- Johnny Mazetti in particular! I’m looking forward to learning more from this collection and all of you.

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    Updates and Introductions: Coral Dixon

    Hello, everyone! My name is Coral Dixon and I’m so excited to join the PCMC team! I am a UF Museum Studies MA graduate student, concentrating in Communications and Public Engagement. I look forward to learning more about the history of the Panama Canal Zone, as well as get some hands-on experience with the collection. It makes me so glad to see that the Zonian community is active in this blog and eager to contribute and work with the PCMC libraries team towards preserving this culture and history. I can’t wait to start updating this blog with information, pictures, and stories as I come across interesting objects in the collection, and I hope to get to know all…

  • News and Updates,  Staff Spotlight

    Updates and Introductions

    Hello all! I’m Liz Bouton and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have been working with the Panama Canal Museum Collection since August 2016, and curated the Between Two Oceans exhibit with assistance from Jessica Marcetti and Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler in the Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery, George A. Smathers Libraries. I am a Museum Studies MA graduate student here at the University of Florida, concentrating in anthropology. I love historic collections, and the PCMC items offer a chance to explore a community history and present it to the UF students and faculty through relevant courses and exhibits. For those who do not know, Jessica, the previous…

  • Staff Spotlight

    Staff Spotlight: Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler

    Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler Exhibits Coordinator Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler is the Exhibits Coordinator for the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. This role includes planning, directing, and organizing an active exhibition program designed to share, interpret, and promote the Libraries’ collections. So what does an Exhibits Coordinator do? I schedule, organize, and plan the majority of the Libraries’ exhibitions. I work with collection managers and curators throughout the Smathers Libraries to develop exhibition themes, select items, and provide scholarly interpretation of materials. This means that 1-3 years before an exhibition ever opens, I am planning the space, designing publicity materials, helping to edit content, and researching copyright for any items to be…

  • Staff Spotlight

    Staff Spotlight

    Rebecca Fitzsimmons Program Assistant What do you do in an average day at work? My job encompasses a lot of separate elements of the Panama Canal Museum Collection grant project, so on a given day I might correspond with a potential donor; inventory new gifts, looking out for interesting items to share with colleagues; take photographs or scan materials; update catalog records with images and additional metadata; and correspond with curators about upcoming exhibitions of PCMC material. What has been your favorite part of working with the collection so far? There is a wealth of wonderful photographic and archival material that is a pleasure to share with others, so my…

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