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It is heard around the museum as artifacts and documents are processed and accessioned, that the Panama Canal has connections everywhere; and often, the connection is surprising. As with the recent DISCOVERY shuttle launch, that was the case. A fourth generation family member from an American workers family in Panama emphasizes the statement that Zonians, or Zonies, seem to be everywhere. Dr. C. Robert Gibson, Jr ., the son of Marie (Wright) Gibson and the late C Robert and formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone, is a member of the flight surgeons team at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Houston headquarters. In that capacity, Dr. Gibson discovered that NASA Astronaut Dr. Scott E. Parazynski who would be one of the mission specialists aboard the 23rd shuttle mission to the International Space Station, also has family ties to the Panama Canal. Parazynskis connection to the Canal derives from his family ancestry, Colonel David Dubose Gaillard a distinguished and widely acclaimed member of the US Army Corps of Engineers charged with the monumental task of cutting through the Continental Divide in Panama. The treacherous nine-mile strip of mountainous terrain, known as Culebra Cut, was later renamed Gaillard Cut in honor of Col. Gaillard, who died in 1913 before the Canal project was completed. An intriguing aspect of the Zonian connection is that Gibsons greatgrandfather and Parazynskis ancestor, Col Gaillard, both were recipients of Roosevelt Medals, which were awarded to American Employees of the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914. Even more intriguing for Parazynski was the fact that Gaillards son, David St. Pierre Gaillard also received a medal for his work with the Panama Canal. It is rare to have two medal recipients in one family, much less a father-son combination. In recognition of the FALL/WINTER 2007 great work accomplished by his ancestors during the building of the Canal, Parazynski took with him aboard the shuttle Discovery two Roosevelt Medals, one of which he intends to present to the Panama Canal Museum in Seminole and the other to the Panama Canal Authority in Panama. Also flown on the mission into space and to be presented, along with the medals, were an American flag and a Panamanian flag in honor of the two countries that made the Canal possible. Roosevelt Medals were received with enthusiasm by employees who had served at least two years of continuous service during the Canals construction period. The obverse face of the medal carries the likeness of President Theodore Roosevelt, for whom the medal is named. The reverse face depicts an image of the Gaillard Cut, the seal of the Canal Zone and the phrase, (Continued on page 5) Affiliations American Association of Museums American Association for State and Local History Dun & Bradstreet BuyforCharity.com Canal Zone Study Group Council of American Maritime Museums Florida Association of Museums Guidestar.com Isthmian Collectors Club Leave a Legacy Program Panama Canal Society, Inc. Panama National Institute for Culture Sociedad de Amigos del Museo Afro Antilleano de Panama St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce World Ocean Observatory ROOSEVELT MEDALS JOURNEY INTO SPACE Dr. Scott E. Parazynski PAST MEETS THE FUTURE REVIEW VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2
Page 2 The Panama Canal Museum Review The 2007 Limited Edition Christmas Ornament is the latest in a series that commemorate historical events or items related to the American Era of Panamas history. The latest ornament recognizes two icons of the construction of the Canal on the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the reigns of the construction. In 1907, an important milestone was reached in the history of the United States construction of the Panama Canal. John F. Stevens Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission (ICC), resigned effective March 31, 1907 and was replaced by Lt. Col. George W. Goethals of the US Army Corps of Engineers, who assumed command on April 1. This ornament commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the passing of the shovel from Stevens to Goethals and serves as a tribute to both of those visionary leaders who are recogniz ed widely as being the Builders of the Panama Canal. Stevens, a civilian engineer, arrived in Pana ma on June 30, 1905, to head up the construction effort. He soon found that there was more to digging the Canal than to make the dirt fly, as Pr esident Theodore Roosevelt demanded. He realized that disease; lack of adequate food and housing; poor equipment; and unreliable tr ansportation were contributing to the slow progress on the Canal He immediately stopped all work on the Canal digging until those problems could be addressed and then set forth to create the organization and infrastructure to deal with them. As an experienced railroad engineer, Steven s knew that the success of the Canal project also depended on how fast the dirt in the Culebra Cut could be removed. He devised a simple, but extensiv e and flexible system of railroad trackage that he said was probably the greatest single factor, in the nature of a machine, that contributed to the successful building of the Canal. Sur veying the system, he stated, I dont mind trying to make the dirt fly, now that we have somewhere to put it. After visiting the Can al in November, 1906, and seeing the progress being made by Stevens, Pr esident Roosevelt wrote: Now we have taken hold of the job. When Stevens resigned, the President decided that the project ne eded an Army man who would stay on the job until relieved of duty. He appointed Goethals and gave hi m full authority as Chairman of the ICC and Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal. While Stevens primary tasks the creation of a well-fed, well-hous ed, well-equipped, well-organized workforce and the conception of a plan of attack were over by 1907, much remained to be done Goethals had to contend with many other monumentally complex and difficult problems: surveys had to be completed; the construction work of the Canal including designing and building the locks and the Gatun Dam had yet to begin and the Panama Railroad and a number of towns had to be relocated; all while major landslides continually threatened to disrupt the project. Goethals remained for the duration of th e construction of the Canal, which opened to world trade on August 15, 1914. He then was appointed as the first Governor of the Panama Canal and served in that capacity until his resignation on January 10, 1 917. Both Stevens and Goethals were highly popular and well-respec ted among the Canal workforce. They remained good friends throughout the years and each highly praised the other for their respective roles in constructing the Panama Canal. This limited edition ornament is available for $20 + S&H through the museum st ore or website storel NEW HISTORICAL ORNAMENT
Page 3 The Panama Canal Museum Review NEWS FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES From September 20 through September 22, th e museum board held its Fall meeting, the first two days of which consisted of a retreat that allowed the board to focus on many issues a ffecting the future of the museum. The actions taken by the board during the retreat and the regular board meeting are as follows: Developed new Vision and Mission statemen ts that will expand the museums scope (see Message from the President in this issue). Restructured the organization to better define lines of author ity and clarify roles and responsibilities of the officers, dire ctor, staff, trustees and committees. Conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threat s) exercise to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that pertain to the museum. Examined the current committee structure, dropping some and combining others in an effort to make them more efficient and proactive. Reviewed a detailed plan of action for the next two quarters, assigning responsibi lity and deadlines for completion of the many projects that are in various stages of development. Introduced Frank Stevens Hawks (great-grandson of John F. Stevens) as the museums newest board member. Received a financial report showing that net income to date is a minus $2,000, comp ared to net income of nearly $17,000 in 2005 and $13,000 in 2006 for the same period. The downward trend is due largely to increased salary expenses and a slight decrease in museum store sales. Holiday sales and membership dues and donations are expected to pick up during the last quarter of the year. Approved the expenditure of up to $10,000 for profession al assistance to upgrade the museums website. Noted that the Family History Book project is on track and reservations for space continue to come in. Barbara Bonanno Marshall is the project coordinator. Noted that the Exhibit on West Indians at the Panama Canal is on schedule for eventual display at the museum during Black History Month. The Store Committee reported on the status of ne w ornament, calendar and other product designs. The Exhibit Committee is gearing up for the 2008 annual reunion and will report to the board once the theme is approved. The museum continues to receive interesting and historical artifa cts, the latest being a French-e ra surveyor's instrument in top condition. Announced that the Annual Potluck Lunch, normally held at the museum in January, has been scheduled in 2008 for February 16. To commemorate the 150th Birthday of Teddy Roosevelt, an actor playing TR will perform a 1/2 hour skit during the lunch. The event will be catered (as opposed to potluck) and open to the public at a location to be announced soon.
Page 4 The Panama Canal Museum Review Last month, the Museums Board of Trustees held a two-day retreat to take a good, hard look at where we are and where we want to be as an organization. Out of these intense sessions came a ne w Vision and Mission for the museum, as shown here: Vision: To achieve national and international recognition as the foremost source of historical in formation uniquely dedica ted to documentation of the United States participatio n in the history of Panama. Mission: "The Mission of the Panama Canal Museum is to document, interpret and articulate the role played by the United States in the history of Panama, with emphasis on the construction, operation, maintenance and defense of the Panama Canal and the co ntributions to its success by people of all nationalities." These bold statements allow us to mo ve well beyond our previous, narrower mission of preserving the American Era of the Panama Canal; we can now focus on a broader concept involving all aspects of US history in Panama, which will also help us expand our donor and sponsorship ba se. While our Canal Zone/Panama membership has been and will continue to be for some time the foundation of our support, we realize that, as a grou p, we are in steady decline so we must al so reach out to the broader American and international communities in order to meet our long term goals and objectives. Is our Vision ambitious? Yes, but a Visi on Statement is intended to be a dream, and we are doing our very best to make that dream come true. As we move toward that goal, we have ta ken important steps to streamline our organization and develop ver y focused action plans but, as always, we could use more help to carry them out. In that regard, we would love to have more of our members st ep up and get involved with these programs and new initiatives just let us know that youre interested in helping. We want you, and every one of our members and donors, to continue to be a big part of this undertaking and to feel a sense of pride in belong ing to the museum. In essence, you are the owners of the museu m and have a strong stake in its continued success. We thank you for your continued support of the museum and hope you enjoy this issue of our Members Only Review. Joe Joe Wood President MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT HELP WANTED The Panama Canal Museum is looking to hire a part-time staff person to work on Saturdays and perhaps a couple of afternoons a week for a total of 15 hours a week. Some computer experience is required. Duties include filing, data entry, answering phones, gr eeting visitors and handli ng sales in the museum store. Interested applicants may call Director Elizabeth Neily
Page 5 The Panama Canal Museum Review The Museum is pleased to have as its newest board member Frank Stevens Hawks, the great-grandson of John F. Stevens Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal from 1905 to 1907, who was considered one of the primary Builders of the Canal and was widely acclaimed for his extraordinary leadership and vision during the early stages of Canal construction. Frank was born in Goshen, Indiana, to John and Virginia Hawks His mother was Stevens granddaughter. In 1967, he graduated from Indiana University with a BS degree in Marketing. His brother and he founded Hawks Sales Corporation and Rubber Products Distributors. He has been associated with those businesses for forty years and is the President of both corporations. Frank and his wife, Rebecca, have been married for 29 years an d have two daughters, Kelly and Casey, and two grandsons, Owen and Spencer. As he takes his place on the board, Frank says, I am very excited to become a member of the Panama Canal Museum Board of Trustees. I hope that I will be able to bring a differe nt perspective to the board and assist the museum in the move toward the future. Board ProfileFRANK STEVENS HAWKS The Land Divided, the World United. On each medal is imprinted the name of the recipient, and for every two additional years of canal service, an individually-numbered bar was issued, which could be attached to the original medal. The Roosevelt medal was highly prized by the American employees. Despite the incredible hardships they experienced during the Canals construction, many a worker resisted the impulse to tell his boss, I quit! for fear of not completing the two-year period required to receive the medal or a bar. According to the record, there were awarded 7,391 Roosevelt medals; 3,883 (Continued from page 1) first bars (indicating four years of service); 1,865 second bars (six years); 636 third bars (eight years); and only 41 fourth bars, signifying workers who had served the full ten-year construction period. Col. Gaillard was presented a Roosevelt Medal with two service bars, Nos. 2477, 1508 and 1036, respectively. His son was awarded medal number 6999. Thanks to Paul F. Ebdon the museum was provided a valuable computerized database of all Roosevelt Medal recipients.
Page 6 The Panama Canal Museum Review As of 9/23/07 This gives special recognition to all who have co mpleted one or more transits on the Wall of Honor 21st Transit $31,200-$31,299 Cristobal Harbor S. Griffin McClellan III 19th Transit $27,200-$27,299 Balboa Yacht Club Leo J. Krziza 10th Transit $14,100-$14,199 Pedro Miguel Locks Frank R. Leves 10th Transit $13,800-$13,899 Bridge of Americas Estate of Anna Ruth Werkheiser 9th Transit $13,100-$13,199 Gatun Lake Lucille Ritter Abernathy 8th Transit $10,600-$10,699 Amador Causeway Katherine E. Egolf 7th Transit $10,300-$10,399 Cristobal Yacht Club Anonymous Donor 7th Transit $9,100-$9,199 Amador Causeway James P. MacLaren 6th Transit $7,900-$7,999 Miraflores Locks Bob & Marguerite Neal Zumbado 6th Transit $7,600-$7,699 Amador Causeway Lesley M. Hendricks Litzenberger 5th Transit $7,100-$7,199 Gatun Locks Grace Jones Carey 5th Transit $6,600-$6,699 Pedro Miguel Locks William & Virginia Lyons 5th Transit $6,200-$6,299 Balboa Yacht Club Isthmian Collectors Club 4th Transit $5,500-$5,599 Dollar Club 4th Transit $5,300-$5,399 Gamboa Reginald & Beverly Boyett Hayden 4th Transit $5,000-$5,099 Miraflores Lake C. B. Fenton & Co., S.A Albert & Jane Nahmad 3rd Transit $3,600-$3,699 Pedro Miguel Locks Panama Canal Society of California 3rd Transit $3,500-$3,599 Miraflores Lake James C. Cook 3rd Transit $3,200-$3,299 Balboa Yacht Club Curtis Fitzgerald 3rd Transit $3,100-$3,199 Amador Causeway Lewis & Sandra Taber 3rd Transit $3,000-$3,099 Pacific Entrance Dave & Elizabeth Jane Hilliard J. E. Dorn & Dolly Thomas R. Alvera Davison 2nd Transit $2,900-$2,999 Atlantic Breakwater Joe & Beverly Bowman Wood 2nd Transit $2,800-$2,899 Cristobal Yacht Club Richard & Julieta Preciado Morgan 2nd Transit $2,600-$2,699 Gatun Locks Carol Ruoff Goulet Zelma R. Treadwell William E. LeBrun 2nd Transit $2,500-$2,599 Gatun Lake Charles & Sandra Hummer Paul D. Glassburn Carol F. Meyer 2nd Transit $2,400-$2,499 Barro Colorado Island Richard & Ruth Mallett 2nd Transit $2,200-$2,299 Gamboa Charles & Maxine Swanson Keenan 2nd Transit $2,100-$2,199 Gaillard Cut Capt. William & Connie Glassburn Dawson Bob Redfield & Carolyn Merry 2nd Transit $2,000-$2,099 Miraflores Lake Edward & Geraldine Pierce Corbett Blanche Adler Browne John & Judith Engelke Montanaro Hobey & Lisa Williams Richey, MD 2nd Transit $1,900-$1,999 Miraflores Locks Olive L. Unruh 2nd Transit $1,800-$1,899 Bridge of the Americas Larry & Kathryn Castleman Peg Milliken Richard Swearingen James & Patricia Steiner Kearns Marian Smith Kariger 2nd Transit $1,700-$1,799 Balboa Yacht Club Peter G. Flynn Family Thomas R. Goethals Space Coast Panazonians 2nd Transit $1,600-$1,699 Amador Causeway Virginia Kleefkens Rankin Class of 1954 Balboa/Cristobal High Schools Ed (Lucky) Wilburn William McKeown, Jr. Steve & Mary Clement Vaughn Robert & Colleen Lawson Mate Alan R. Ford 2nd Transit $1,500-$1,599 Pacific Entrance Frank & Marilyn Mott BSA, Explorer Post 21 Balboa, Canal Zone Grover Matheney Barbara Peterson Peter & Mary Lou Dailey Lang John K. Brayton Robert J. Roy, Sr.
Page 7 The Panama Canal Museum Review LIFETIME MEMBERS Over $7,500 Anna Ruth Werkheiser Anna Werkheiser Capt. Charles E. & Marie Van Clief Yane, Helen, Charles & Frank Leves Esther Krziza Condry Leo Krziza FOURTH TRANSIT Miraflores Lake $5,000 $5,099 George Atkin Jones Grace Jones Carey Pacific Anchorage $4,500 $4,599 Zelda Eggleston Glassburn Paul Glassburn Capt. William & Connie Dawson THIRD TRANSIT Barro Colorado $3,900 $3,999 Charles E. & Anna D. Thomas Dorn Thomas Patricia Thomas Joseph Thomas, Jr. Anthony Thomas Jed & Janice Thomas, Jr. Tony & Stephanie Thomas Alyce O'Neal Dorn & Dolly Thomas Jerry & Alyce O'Neal Doug & Patricia Deyak Bridge of the Americas $3,300 $3,399 Mary Louise Danielsen Richard Danielsen Kathie Dowell Cherie Lee Balboa Yacht Club $3,200 $3,299 Caleb C. Clement Jon & Debra Dedeaux Louis & Barbara Dedeaux George & R oberta Egolf Katherine Egolf William & Carol Egolf Orrin & Carol Clement Bruce & Sue Egolf Sydney Corbett Mary Egolf Caleb Clement, Jr. William & Debra Lane Frank & Marvel Townsend Steve & Mary Vaughn Harry C. Egolf Katherine Egolf Tom & Barbara Peterson Mary Egolf William & Carol Egolf Steve & Mary Vaughn Louis & Barbara Dedeaux Jon & Debra Dedeaux William & Debra Lane Orrin & Carol Clement Bruce & Sue Egolf Sydney Corbett George & R oberta Egolf Richard H. Egolf Katherine Egolf William & Debra Lane William & Carol Egolf William & Judith Wymer George & R oberta Egolf Orrin & Carol Clement Jon & Debra Dedeaux Bruce & Sue Egolf Louis & Barbara Dedeaux Mary Egolf Steve & Mary Vaughn Ruth Egolf Clement Mary Egolf Cash & Mary Jane Paulson Katherine Egolf William & Carol Egolf George & R oberta Egolf Frank & Marvel Townsend Orrin & Carol Clement Bruce & Sue Egolf Sydney Corbett Jon & Debra Dedeaux Louis & Barbara Dedeaux Caleb Clement, Jr. William & Debra Lane Steve & Mary Vaughn Pacific Anchorage $3,000 $3,099 Ivan (Lefty) D. & Clarabelle Hilliard Dave & Jane Hilliard Jerry & Dolly Steiner James & Patricia Kearns Joanne Robinson Kathleen Bennett SECOND TRANSIT Gatun Locks $2,600 $2,600 Norman B. Davison Tom & Barbara Peterson R. Alvera Davison Frank & Marvel Townsend Miraflores Lake $2,000 $2,099 B. W. "Larry" Treadwell Zelma R. Treadwell Winston Prentice Abernathy Lucille Abernathy Miraflores Locks $1,900 $1,999 George & Carrie Heim Allen Cotton Ed, Joan & Jason Ohman Jack & Helen Saum Barbara Jackson Judi McCullough Dan & Frances Hennessey Thomas McCullough Donald & Patricia Clark Frances Hennessey Don & Karen McCullough Lynn Pridgen Karen Saum Tracy & Jeanette Altman IN MEMORY
Page 8 The Panama Canal Museum Review Thomas C. Peterson Juanita Aday Dr. W. Eugene Bondurant Hap & Beth Brandenburg W. Herb & Eve Breaden Louis & Barbara Dedeaux Paul Glassburn Katherine Egolf Ove and Wilma Billie Hultin Charles & Sandra Hummer Betty LeDoux-Morris Richard & Julieta Morgan William & Mary Jane Nay Panama Canal Society Robert & Cheryl Russell John & Arlette Sherry Charles & Norine Simms Nancy Van Siclen Joe & Beverly Wood Elizabeth A Neily R. Alvera Davison George & R oberta Egolf Ruby Bissett Everett & Marian Blair Don & Geneva Boland William & Katherine Carson Mary Egolf Jo-Anne Fields Ralph K. "Tony" & Dorothy Frangioni Kathyleen Miller Paul & Stacia Morgan Robert & Shirley Muse Jerry & Kay Pierce Davis & June Stevenson Jerry & Sharen Halsall Rolf & Joan Arndt Thomas & Maureen Stenzel William & Paula Goodfellow Audrey Bowman Bridge of the Americas $1,800 $1,899 Earl F. Unruh Olive Unruh Balboa Yacht Club $1,700 $1,700 Charles H. & Margaret R. Peterson Tom, Sid & Chimere Little Tom & Barbara Peterson Carol Heintz Michael & Elaine Peterson Little Diane Peterson Pearson Michael & Elaine Peterson Little Barbara Peterson Vic & Carol Peterson Krueger Amador Causeway $1,600 $1,699 Clara Brayton John Brayton Annette Stocking Shirley Bruce H. T. "Tommy" McKeown William McKeown, Jr. Pacific Anchorage $1500 $1599 Charles Keenan, Jr. Charles & Maxine Keenan Dr. Robert & Evelyn Matheney Anonymous Elizabeth & Richard Hayden, Reginald Reginald & Beverly Hayden Ernest E. Pierce Bill & Dolores Barnes Bill,Darlene,Brent,Ryan Barson Arthur Bissonette Charlotte Bloom Ruth Galyon Paul & Monica Gelhaus Marie Kaucher Judy Jerardi Morton & Katherine LeBow Isabelle Lively Robert & Ferne Martin Charles & Diane Mason Paul & Opal Fedde Mel & Betty Menk Marjorie Myers Thomas Orr Conrad & Jane Phillippi Richard & Marjorie Prass Marion Royston VOICE OF '44 Ruthanne Sandusky Betty C. Snow James & Jean Sollenberger Gary & Carole Spencer Marjorie Stroebel William B. Weaver Robert & Pat Whitam American Legion Randolph Post 707 Paul H. Behlau Gordon & Joan Hoyt Fred & Eva Izenson Tom & Barbara Peterson Catherine Racette Norman & June Shapiro Beverly Williams Shiloh Mens Club Richard & Laura Corwin Robert & Marlene Blaine William Diez Charles & Sandra Hummer Gordon Davis Stephen & Betty Leve David Pfeiffer Gila Smith Sally Kaufman Isabella Lively Barbara Pierce Mr. & Mrs. C. T. Swearingen of "Gatun" Richard & Bette Swearingen Roger & Violet Deakins Randy & JoElla Deakins Terry & Sue Deakins Samuel John Milliken Peg Milliken Sharon J. Shaw Michael & Sharon Smith Rolf & Pat Duerr Kevin, & Alexander Wilke & Valerie Shaw Jim Hunt Doris Hunt IN MEMORY IN HONOR OF SECOND TRANSIT Pacific Anchorage $1,500$1,599 Charles & Sandra Hummer Lois Spencer Katherine Egolf
Page 9 The Panama Canal Museum Review Every week the museum continues to receive items that help interpret the fascinating story of the Panama Canal. We hope that you will keep the museum in mind as you look for a permanent home for your treasures where they can be shared with future generations. Buy virtually anything online at buyforcharity.com and designate Panama Canal Museum to receive a portion of the proceeds. Whether you're responsible for purchasing office supplies, planning your summer vacation or updating your wardrobe, shop major stores, retailers and/or service providers that include Office Depot, Neiman Marcus, Old Navy, Delta Airlines, Dell Computers, etc., at buyforcharity.com. Designate the Panama Canal Museum as your charity of choice and the Panama Canal Museum will receive a portion of the proceeds of your purchase at no additional cost to you. Three of the artifacts donated to the museum include the telephone, kerosene lamp from the Panama Railroad passenger cars an d a surveyors level used by French and American surveyors. NEW ARTIFACTS by Gerry DeTore And the donations keep coming in. We are serious when we tell people our museum is the place to house memorabilia from the American Era of the history of Panama. Items from the Spanish and French eras also have a place in the museum because they precede the American Era and help tell the fascinating history of the waterway. As with almost all of the museums growing collection, private collectors donate their prized artifacts. This is especially important as so many canal workers age and their families fail to have the same interest in the items or the history that they uniquely portray. Pictured are some items donated by Merritt J. Bender in honor of his mother and father, Mirt and Dona Bender : an antique telephone from their residence in Gamboa; a Panama Railroad kerosene lamp and a surveying instrument used by both the French and Americans while building the canal. He also donated a bell from a towing locomotive and assorted American Red Cross and Scouting memorabilia.
Page 10 The Panama Canal Museum Review ChemArt Selects Museum for Case Study ChemArt a leader in the innovative design and manufacturer of original etched collectibles, including the widely acclaimed annual White House Christmas Ornament, has selected the Panama Ca nal Museum as the subject of one of its Customer Case Studies. For the past six years, ChemArt has produced the museums annual ornament depi cting various phases of American history in Panama. These orname nts have been steady revenue producers for the museum and have proven to be very popular among collectors and others. Impressed with the historical aspects and attractive designs of our ornaments, ChemArt felt that the museum warranted special consider ation. As a result, the museum and its collection will be featured on ChemArts web site, along with other, special organization s they have selected over the years. Below is shown the case study as it will appear on their web site.
Page 11 The Panama Canal Museum Review for additional entries. Family history writers are indicating how many copies of the book they plan to purchase. There will be a limited number of extra books published. If you are not a writer and would like to purchase copies of this book, please let the museum know by July 15, 2008, how many copies you would like to purchase. We are planning for an October 2008 publication of this incredible book of family histories and photos during the American era of the Panama Canal. Classically elegant and distinctively designed, this hardbound book should be one of the most interesting historical pieces to ever depict the American Era of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Museum's family history project is underway! We've had terrific response to our August mailing for interested participants, who had formally expressed a desire to have their family history included. The stories tell of our unique history and will be invaluable in keeping the legacy of the Canal Zone alive. Compiled in the book, Write of Passage Stories of the American Era of the Panama Canal They will provide a wonderful way to share our heritage with future generations. Remember that February 1, 2008, is our target date for receiving all the stories. If you wish to submit a story and haven't yet enrolled, please contact the museum to see if there is space in the book Barbara Bonanno Marshall is coordinating the event. Email: email@example.com. The Panama Canal Museum's 2008 fundraising luncheon will be held Saturday, February 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Seminole Community Library (9200 113th Street, Seminole, FL). This luncheon is a departure from our annual potluck style as it is the Museum's first event planned in 2008 to commemorate the 150th birthday of former President Theodore Roosevelt who is widely acknowledged as the "Father of the Panama Canal." We are fortunate to have as our special guest, Michael O. Smith a nationally known professional actor who is an historical interpreter of President Roosevelt (www.thebullypulpitshow.com). He will perform an abbreviated version of his show in costume at the luncheon, with a brief question and answer period to follow. We are excited that he is traveling from Massachusetts for the performance and hope that many will HAVE LUNCH WITH TEDDY ROOSEVELT WRITE OF PASSAGE IS UNDERWAY! want to join him and the museum's Board of Trustees for this very special occasion. The Seminole Community Library is a very short distance from the Panama Canal Museum, and we hope that many guests will visit the Museum after the luncheon. The cost of the luncheon is $30 per ticket. Please be sure to reserve and send in your payment no later than February 11, or February 1 for listing in the souvenir program as a Teddy's Ditch Digger (for an extra $20 donation) or as a member of Teddy's Presidential Circle (for an extra $200 donation and an opportunity to lunch at Teddy's table) as there is limited space for this extraordinary event. We invite those who can't join us because of distance or other reasons to donate, appear on the souvenir program lists, and receive a copy of the program. Ample free parking is available at the Library. Checks are payable to the Panama Canal Museum. Call or e-mail the museum with any questions. The museum also welcomes volunteers who would enjoy planning this historic and memorable lunch with Teddy Roosevelt!
Page 12 The Panama Canal Museum Review by Pat Steiner Kearns, Vice President The second oldest West Point graduate, Col. Maury Cralle, Sr ., a Williamsburg (Va.) resident, celebrated his 103rd birthday in August and was featured in The Virginia Gazette In just one sentence, the article mentioned Col. Cralle, as a child, had seen the Panama Canal being built. I knew then I had to meet and talk with him, if possible. Coordination with Dorn Thomas and Joe Wood resulted in the preparation by Dorn of a certificate of recognition for Col. Cralle. I arranged a meeting with his family in Williamsburg to pr esent a beautiful certificate designating Col Cralle as an On-Site Construction Observer of the Panama Canal during the initial construction period, 1904-1914. Col. Cralle was very happy, and I was honored to meet and speak with him. Col. Cralle mentioned his friend, Tom Wells with whom he fished and played, also lived in the Canal Zone at the same time. The colonel recalled one vivid memory when he joined the Wells family on the first transit of the S.S. Ancon August 15, 1914. Maury explained that Toms father, commander of an Army Regiment in the Zone, along with family, and a few close friends were invited aboard. I knew then I needed to get another certificate from Dorn to present to Col. Thomas J. Wells I called Col. Wells at his home in Honolulu and spoke to him at length. I found out that his father was the Commander of the 29th Infantry Regiment which went to Panama when war was breaking out in Europe. Col. Wells remembers the military moving into Camp Gaillard and mentioned that the vegetation was so thick it had to be cut down every three months. Although Col. Wells was homeschooled, his brother attended Empire School. Col. Wells has very fond memories of Canal Zone life. Both Col. Cralle and Col. Wells graduated from West Point in 1928 and remained friends throughout their distinguished military careers. I explained to Col. Wells that the Panama Canal Museum wanted to thank them both for their service to our country and that we were honored to present them with these very special certificates. Col. Cralle celebrated his 103rd birthday in August. West Point Cadets who will graduate in 2008, 80 years after Col. Cralle, helped him cut his birthday cake with his sword; the one he has had since attending the United States Military Academy. Museum Honors Two Centenarians Museum Vice President Pat Steiner Kearns is shown as she presents the certificate to Col. Maury Cralle, Sr Col. Thomas Wells, is shown with his certificate from his home in Hawaii. Also shown is the note Col. Wells sent to Vice President Kearns.
Page 13 The Panama Canal Museum Review The staff of the Panama Canal Museum ho sted a bunco seminar at the 2007 Panama Canal Society annual reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The purpose of the event was to share tips on how to host a bu nco fundraiser and teach novice players how to play the game. PC Museum President Joe Wood offered opening remarks, explained the museums mission, and thanked everyone for supporting the event. Peggy Huff presented examples of the items necessary for play ing the game and provided handouts with steps for planning a successful event. Renee Krimminger presented her colorful computerized presen tation outlining the rules of the game. Attendees then played two exciting rounds of bunco. Experi enced players taught new players how to keep table score. Emily Bliss tallied the most wins and was awarded the first PC Museum Reunion Bunco championship trophy. Also attending were Gerry De Tore, Paul Glassburn, Elizabeth Neily, Kathy Egolf, Clare Dyer, Mary McReynolds, Betty Blanchette, Jeanne Wagner, Mickey Fi tzgerald, Joan Ohman, Bev Wood, Pam and Jim Reid, Diana Grimison, Anita Oberholtzer, and Dennis Huff. Following the presentation of awards the group enjoyed a cake decorated with the museum logo. Bev and Joe donated door prizes, cookies and brownies. Bunco as a museum fundraiser began on the Spac e Coast of Florida in April 2005 when a group of Panazonians got together at a pub in Cocoa Village. April 2006 saw Space Coast Bunco II and the first Carolina Bunco in Charlotte, NC. Space Coast Bun co III is scheduled for April 19, 2008. It is hoped that other groups will begin hosting fundraisers, and transit competition on the museums Wall of Honor will become a much anticipated annual event. Information on hosting a bunco fundraiser may be obtained by contacting Kathy Egolf at PANKEE@aol.com (727-394-9338); Peggy Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org (321-4551649); or Renee Krimminger at Cateyes713@aol.com (704-527-5745). FUNDRAISER TRAINING AT SOCIETY REUNION Museum President Joe Wood watches intently as Pam Scott Reid, Jeanne Walker Wagner and Emily Bliss show him how to play Bunco at the Bunco Training Session hosted by Peggy Huff and Renee Krimminger at this year's Reunion. The Panama Canal Museum in a Trunk was very well received at the Florida Council for Social Studies Conference in Orlando Florida in October. Elizabeth Neily and Gerry DeTore answered questions posed by teachers and school administrators from all over Florida The trunk co ntains lesson plans for elementary and high school classes and a wealth educational materials to teach about the history of the United States in Panama and the cultures of Panama Sponsorships for the Panama Canal Museum in a Trunk are available to individuals and businesses to place the trunks in school district media centers for teachers to use in the classroom. Your donation of $1,500 for a trunk will count as one full transit on the museums Wall of Honor. The sponsors name will be placed on a label inside the trunk cover and, if desired, the trunk may be dedicated In Memory Of or In Honor Of, a loved one, a Canal Zone School or class or other Canal Zone For more information, please contact Elizabeth Neily at the museum. MUSEUM IN A TRUNK Social Studies teacher, Ken Nadaskay South Miami Senior High School, grades 9-12.
Page 14 The Panama Canal Museum Review As the museum actively recruits volunteers, it is apparent that a Volunteer Coordinator must come first. The museum is hunting for a Volunteer Coordinator to go out and find volunteers of all kinds to help at the museum. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, such as: Gift store work Tour guides Library work Membership Data input Exhibit design It is a great way to put unused time and skills to work for a good cause. Work schedules will be flexible; but in order to keep the operations reliable, a good commitment of the times volunteered is desirable. Those interested in volunteering their time as an operations volunteer or as the Volunteer Coordinator are asked to contact the Museum Director. Volunteering is not a full time job by any means and can be done away from the museum. What is needed is people to give four or five hours a week or a month on a regular basis. Training will be given to those who come forward. Because of the nature of the operations a volunteer may be assigned to a number of tasks as the workload dictates. That will give some exciting opportunities to learn new skills. Born in Gorgas Hospital Ancon, Canal Zone on April 2, 1947, Cheryl Russell is a third generation Zonian. Her gran dfather worked on the construction of the Canal and is a Roosevelt Medal holder. He was an admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and served under him in the Spanish American War. Her father and his siblings grew up on the Atlantic side. He returned after college with a Canadian bride (her mom) and stayed in the Canal Zone until his re tirement in 1966. Cheryl attended Balboa Elementary School and Balboa Junior and Senior High School (class of 1965). She also attended the Canal Zone College for one year before transferring to a college in Arkansas She and husband, Bob, met and became sweethearts in junior high. After college they married and returned to the Canal Zone in 1971 as a military couple in the U.S. Army. Bob was stationed at Fort Clayton Cheryl initially worked for Tropic Test Center (U.S. Army) and th en transferred to PCC/CZG where she was employed with the General Counsel, C.Z. Police Division, Health Bureau, and C.Z. Fire Division. She transferred back to the U.S. Army, Civilian Personnel Office, Employee Relations Division, and worked th ere until her retirement in 1995. The Russells moved to Florida in 1998. As a member of the store committee, Cheryl helped develop the Panama Canal Trivia Game which subsequently sold out, ne tting a nice little profit for the museum. Her creative touches can be found in the 2008 Panama Art Calendar. Cheryl also curated museum exhibits, including Molas! The American Influence in 2005. This spectacular exhibit splashed the museum in brilliant colors. Cheryl pulled in molas from private collections in the Zonian community to supplement those of the museum. This year, Cheryl helped with the 75th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Society exhibit for the Reunion in Orlando. She poured over Canal Zone schools yearbooks, "Panama Canal Spillway" and the "Canal Record" to find photos and information for the exhibit, then scanned them into the co mputer so that they could be printed. An enthusiastic supporter of the museum Cheryl cheerfully offers creativity an d charm to all who have the pleasure of working with her. She and Bob live in Sun City Center Florida VOLUNTEER PROFILE Cheryl Russell
Page 15 VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 ENDOWMENT NEWS NEED A TAX DEDUCTION? Consider a Charitable Gift Annuity. You can benefit from a tax deduction now help the Panama Canal Museum later, and receive payments for the rest of your life. For information, call Fred Bremer at (407)-252-7586 Email: email@example.com Membership Representatives Alabama Larry Siegel firstname.lastname@example.org Arizona Carl Berg email@example.com Southern California Joan De Grummond Tina Cartotto Ressa firstname.lastname@example.org Carolinas Alice Latimer email@example.com Miami, Florida Hindi Diamond firstname.lastname@example.org Ormond Beach, Florida Mickey Walker Fitzgerald email@example.com Pensacola, Florida Barbara Egolf Dedeaux firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara Vose-Kulig email@example.com Sarasota, Florida Barbara Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org Tampa Bay, Florida Muriel Whitman Cristobal43@tampabay.rr.com Atlanta, Georgia Marie Drake email@example.com Pacific Northwest Dan & Pat Nellis firstname.lastname@example.org Poconos Gordon Davis Gdavis1@comcast.net Kerrville, Texas Jo-Anne Fields Joanne_fields@hotmail.com Seattle, Washington Marilynn Abreau Stevens email@example.com Board of Trustees President Emeritus Charles W. Hummer, Jr President Joseph J. Wood Vice President Patricia Stei ner Kearns Executive Vice President Katherine E. Egolf Secretary Barbara D. Peterson Treasurer Paul D. Glassburn Committees Buildings & Facilities Shawn Rupp Centennial 2014 Pat Steiner Kearns Collections Gerarde DeTore Educational Programming Alfredo E. Lombana, Ph.D. Exhibit Robert F. Zumbado Finance & Development Larry Siegel Information Technology J. Patrick Coffey Marketing & Communications Joey Zornes Special Projects Christian S. Skeie Store Katherine Egolf Webmaster Joey Zornes Trustees Faith Brundage John Carlson Richard Cunningham Robert Dell James DesLondes Frank Stevens Hawks Robert Hughes, Ph.D. Robert J. Karrer Paul Morgan, Ph.D. Davis Stevenson J. Dorn Thomas Board of Advisors Robert K. Dawson William R. Gianelli Thomas R. Goethals Walter P. Leber D. P. McAuliffe Robert McMillan PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM 7985 113th Street, Suite 100 Seminole, Florida 33772 Tel. (727)-394-9338 Fax (727)-394-2737 Email: office@panam acanalmuseum.org FEIN 59-3532182 STAFF Elizabeth Neily Director Marcy Corrigan Clerical Assistant Helen Morris Clerical Assistant Chuck Hummer Review Editor This newsletter is published by the Panama Canal Museum for its members, donors and benefactors. Additional copies can be obtained by writing or emailing the museum. The Museum is staffed by a Director, two part-time clerical assistants and volunteers who graciously donate their time and skills to carry on the work of the museum. We acknowledge and thank our many benefactors, donors, volunteers and friends who continue to assist this important project. D O N T M I S S O U T O N T H I S S U P E R H O L I D A Y P R E S E N T ! $ 1 2 + S & H
VISION To achieve national and internatio nal recognition as the foremost source of historical information uniquely dedicated to documentation of the United States participation in the history of Panama. MISSION The Mission of the Panama Canal Museum is to docu ment, interpret and articulate the role played by the United States in the history of Panama, with emphasis on the construction, operation, maintenance and defense of the Panama Canal and the contributions to its success by people of all nationalities. Page 16 The Panama Canal Museum Review 2008 Dues are due now. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ONLY FOR THOSE OVER 70 Take Advantage of Your IRA Last year's Pension Protection Ac t included a provision allowing individuals 70 years of age or older to make ta x-free distributions directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts (I RAs) to qualifying charities. This is a simple way for you to make a gift to the Panama Canal Museum, particularly for gifts up to the $100,000 maximum that would otherwise trigger higher tax brackets and various phase-outs. It also makes sense for nonitemizers, who would otherwise take th e money from their IRA as income and thus not qualify for a charitable deduction. The provision expires at the e nd of 2007, so now is the time to take advantage of an IRA rollover gift. For mo re information, contact the museums investment advisor, Fred Bremer, at (407)-252-7586. Email: email@example.com