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 Collections Coordinator of PCMC, had accepted a wonderful museum position in her home state this past November. We miss her here very much, but she has been thriving in her current position and keeps in touch. Due to the transition of personnel and exhibition planning, the blog has taken the back burner, but it is now time to get it up and running again. This blog is a vital source for collecting metadata on PCMC items, as well as a way to preserve community history through your stories. I look forward to learning from you and your experiences in the Canal Zone, so keep an eye out for a post on an upcoming mini exhibit and item of the day soon to come!
All my best,