Laying it Out

Just a preview…

File Feb 11, 10 38 58 AM

We have reserved the prominently located Lobby Gallery cases on the first floor of the Smathers Library for our exhibit– and now that we know the dimensions of our space, we are beginning to lay out the objects.

This spread represents about 2/3 of the objects that could be included in the exhibit.

Do you see anything here that is of particular interest?  Anything we should leave out?

(We will post more detailed images of the objects soon– but for today we just wanted to share our initial layout process with all of our co-curators!)


  • Robert Dillon

    I see the Panama Canal Council patch but not a Canal Zone Council patch. The Panama Canal Council patches were required after the treaty went into effect and the long strategy to remove all mention of the Canal Zone from everything began. Apparently part of a long-term plan to obliterate any evidence that the U.S. was ever involved with the Panama Canal. This continues today with the renaming of every street, every place, every idea that might remind one that the U.S. was every there. Rant, Rant Rant. They even tried to rename my hometown from Diablo Heights to Jesus Heights. They are still trying today. Almost every street in that town has been renamed, streets that had been named for the original engineers, ICC board members and such, that had actually been involved in the construction of the Canal. Evidently not important people to Panama.

    I would remove the Panama Canal Council patch and replace with a Canal Zone Council patch, the original council patches worn by Canal Zone scouts..

  • Robert Dillon

    You might see if you can dig up anything on the Sea Scouts boat that sailed with the big ships into New York harbor during the Bicentennial on July 4th. I think they made it up there, at least, that was the plan. “Chief Aptikisic?” I can remember the spelling.

  • Robert Dillon

    Also, a piece of black palm. Every scout in the Canal Zone knew about black palm. It was one of the first things you learned before hiking through the jungle, and/or stepping on some. Prickly stuff. A lot of scout masters managed to get their hands on a walking stick made of the stuff. I had a key ring made out of the stuff that lasted about 20 years.

    • ufpcmcollection

      Hello Robert,
      Thank you so much for your comments! For this exhibit, we are using only materials that are already part of the Panama Canal Museum Collection and will not be seeking additional items this time.

      In July, for the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, we will include other items that have been suggested (or donated) to us from the Zonian community– so please keep reading our blog for updates about that project!

      In the mean time, we are really hoping to collect personal stories and memories about being a scout in the Canal Zone. These memories will be included in the exhibit as object labels and interpretive text to help us really tell the story of Canal Zone scouting.

      It sounds like you have a lot of great stories and memories– would you mind sharing one of your favorites with us, for inclusion in the exhibit?

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