Upcoming in 2014
The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal
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 will be retold in the Linda Hall Library's exhibition, The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal. Visitors to the exhibition will 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 1899 until the Panama Canal opened in 1914. The exhibition will include artifacts from the Library's Nichols Collection, a scale model of the Canal Zone, a model of a working canal lock, and rare books from the Library's History of Science collection.
The exhibition will be 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 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.