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The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal

April 8, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Curators: Bruce Bradley, Donna Swischer, and Eric Ward, Linda Hall Library

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened for business after decades of construction by French and American engineers. Inspired by the centennial, the story of the events leading up to the grand opening of the canal is retold in the Linda Hall Library's exhibition, The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal. Visitors to the exhibition can explore the dynamic period of canal building in the early 20th century through the eyes of Office Engineer A. B. Nichols who lived and worked in the Canal Zone from 1904 until the Panama Canal opened in 1914. The exhibition includes artifacts from the Library's Nichols Collection, a scale model of the Gatun Locks, a model of a working canal lock, and rare books from the Library's History of Science collection.

The exhibition is accompanied by a free public lecture series, exhibition tours, and an educational website. Special thanks to the Advisory Committee: Enrique Chaves Carballo, M.D., University of Kansas Medical Center; James Flynn, M.D.; Dee Harris, Exhibitions Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration, Kansas City; Dr. David Rogers, Karl F. Hasselmann Chair in Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Christine Taft, Research Specialist, Linda Hall Library; Dr. Kevin Truman, Dean, School of Computing and Engineering, University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Alan Wrenn, retired civil engineer, California Department of Transportation.

Watch a congratulatory message from Jorge L. Quijano, CEO, Panama Canal Authority from August 15, 2014.

Watch the "KC and the Panama Canal" episode of KCPT's The Local Show for a preview of the exhibition materials and interviews with the curators.

Listen to the KCUR Up-to-Date episode "Examining 100 Years of the Panama Canal" where Steve Kraske interviews Alberto Aleman Zubieta, former CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, and Lisa Browar, president of the Linda Hall Library.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of:

Lead Sponsors
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund
David L. & Candace Starling
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Michael and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation Fund

Exhibition Sponsors
Black & Veatch
Harry Portman Trust, UMB Bank Trustee
United Engineering Societies Foundation

Programming Sponsors
Burns & McDonnell Foundation
Ever Glades Foundation
The Gridley Family Foundation
Linda Hall Library Annual Fund Donors
Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee

Additional Partners
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City Public Library
Kansas City Public Television
National Archives at Kansas City
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

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