• News and Updates

    Pollera Dancing on Spring Break

    During UF’s Spring Break this year, our volunteer, Stephanie McComber joined her mother and dance group to perform at a Mardi Gras dinner.  Below are some excerpts of her experience.  Thanks for sharing these great photos, Stephanie!   My mother’s group went to show the congregation at the Lady of the Bay chapel how Panamanians celebrate Mardi Gras. The first photo shows all of us going down the floor as an introductory dance and myself, posing as a “reina” or queen, does not dance very much but moves down gracefully with the rest of the group. This is a full shot of the Luxury Pollera I was wearing, along with Señora…

  • Volunteer Spotlight

    Volunteer Spotlight

    Stephanie Marie McComber Stephanie began volunteering with the PCM collection at the end of the summer and is continuing to volunteer with us through the fall semester.  At present, Stephanie is dedicated to updating our extensive mola database. Occupation/Major I’m a sophomore studying International Studies with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. What made you want to volunteer with the Panama Canal Museum Collection? Funny enough, my parents are vendors at the Panama Canal Society convention every year and brought this volunteer opportunity to my attention.  Having spent my childhood in Panama with family, I’ve always been aware of my cultural heritage and had members of my family…

  • Volunteer Spotlight

    Volunteer Spotlight

    Sarah Calise Sarah has been working with the collection since the Spring semester of 2013, focusing on processing and updating records for objects in our envelope files.  Recently, she has been assisting the curators of the Health Science Center Libraries select objects for their 2014 Centennial exhibit.   Occupation/Major: B.A. in History. Currently, I’m an employee of the Latin American Collection at UF. What made you want to volunteer with the PCM collection? First and foremost, the story of the Zonians intrigued me. I wanted to learn more about the development of an American society within a completely different country, and to what extent the different cultures interacted and influenced…

  • Collections

    Processing the Collection

    Have a look at what we’ve been up to! As you can see, all of the collections volunteers have been working hard, processing, recording, photographing, and labeling objects in the Panama Canal Museum collection. Our volunteers here in Gainesville are especially looking forward to updating the object database with information provided by you here on the blog.  Thank you for helping us update and enrich the information associated with this collection!

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