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Panama Canal Museum Review
Physical Description:
Panama Canal Museum
Panama Canal Museum
Place of Publication:
Seminole, Fla.
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Panama Canal Museum (Seminole, Fla.) -- Records and correspondence.
Panama Canal (Panama) -- History.
Canal Zone -- History.
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Panama Canal Museum

Record Information

Source Institution:
Panama Canal Museum
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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Each week the museum
receives a continuing stream of
valuable historical items for
the collection. More than 20
boxes of many unique items
were donated to the museum
by Capt. Richard Bjorneby
and his wife, Pat. The books
alone, many of them new to
the museum's library, have
filled approximately 40 feet of
shelf space in the library. Each
box reveals more unique items
for the collection.
Retired Marine Corps
Colonel, Jim Wilson, who had
the honor of being recognized
with a Vasco Nufiez de Balboa
Medal by the Government of
Panama, has visited the
museum on a number of
occasions. He recently
donated some very valuable

items to the museum and
offered his help in the future.
One of the factors that
led to the founding of the
museum in 1998 was to
capture historical items as the
Zonian population grew older
or offices were shut down and
many historical treasures
might be lost. In the five
years since the founding of
the museum, many of the
expectations of capturing and
preserving historical items
have proven true. It is
difficult for those who cherish
their private collections to
make the decision to donate
them to the museum while
they have control of that
decision. In some cases
valuable historical items have
been lost, but fortunately,

Collection Chairperson, Buddy Morgan, accepts a collection from
Col Jim Wilson, USMC (ret.). Jim was the rare Marine that
received a Vasco Nufiez de Balboa Medal from Panama.

many are making the difficult
decision and turning over
their collections to the
museum so that they can be
integrated into the museum's
collection of Canal Zone
memorabilia, books,
photographs, records and
articles. As the museum has
built a record of success and
the future of the collection
becomes more certain, more
people are coming forward
with their collections, to have
them preserved for future
Presently the museum
has 601 identified collections
made up of 4,487 library
items, 1792 objects, 2,820
photographs with a total of
over 10,351 items
accessioned. There is a
backlog of approximately
2,500 items to be accessioned.
Museums are often
misunderstood both in terms
of the complexities of
properly documenting items
donated or acquired for the
collection; and the items
actually exhibited from the
entire collection. As the
Panama Canal Museum has
grown and the volunteer
board and staff has learned
and implemented a
professional museum
collections administration
software, they have also
achieved an appreciation for
the sometimes tedious
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process by which items are accessioned
(accepted by the museum), recorded on
paper and computer records, marked
and stored in a manner that protects the
items. The computer software allows
the staff to track items, recover
information on items for possible use in
exhibits, or provide answers for
research questions. In short, to do it
properly and responsibly, the museum
staff spends many hours on the
acceptance, recording, storing and
subsequent exhibiting of items in the
One fact that is little understood is
that most museums are only able to
exhibit less than ten percent of the total
collection. Items are selected that are
pertinent to a particular theme or
exhibit whether it is a traveling exhibit
such as those that the museum has
brought to the last five Panama Canal
reunions or a permanent exhibit that
serves as a centerpiece for the museum
at its Seminole, Florida, site. For
instance, the permanent exhibit recently
developed for the museum tracks the
history of the Isthmus of Panama
through the Spanish Era of discovery,
the French Era of the
attempt to build a sea-level
canal, and finally, the
American Era, beginning
with the first days of
organizing the French
assets, bringing is new
machinery and labor,
ridding the area of tropical
diseases and finally
building the canal. In
addition, a smaller exhibit
on the role of scouting in
the history of the canal was
condensed from the large
Reunion exhibit from last
year and is housed in a
room that will be used for
such rotating exhibits.
Lucille Ab<
The Board of
the collection
Trustees discusses, at
length, the theme for each Neily, acce'
length, the theme for each

of the Reunion traveling exhibits.
Beginning with the Schools, then the
Postal Service, the Canal Zone Police
and, finally with the scouting exhibit in
2003, the board looked at the relevance
of a particular exhibit in the context of
the American Era, and such factors as
the twentieth anniversary of the end of
the Canal Zone Police. The 2004
exhibit will partly feature the theme
that now is displayed in the museum;
that is, the early history of the Panama
Canal. Next year the theme will be
focused on the Panama Railroad, its
history before, during and after the
construction of the canal, which
corresponds to the 150th anniversary of
the completion of the Panama Railroad
in 1855.
As special exhibits are assembled,
like that for the railroad, the museum
actively solicits items far enough in
advance to assure their incorporation
in the exhibit. It is disappointing to
have otherwise unique items show up
at the last minute or at the reunion
when they are unlikely to be
incorporated into an exhibit that has
taken over a year to assemble.
Finally, to accession items, record

them, store them, and select items for
exhibit and to construct exhibits, it
takes many hours of labor. The
museum continues to have a backlog of
work because there are simply not
enough volunteers to handle the
workload. For those that have visited
the museum, it is apparent that the
volunteers on site are extremely busy,
showing visitors around, handling
membership processing and donations
of money and items, accessioning, and
performing a seemingly endless series
of tasks. "We really need for more
folks to be willing to donate a day a
week to tackle some of the continuing
workload," Executive Vice President,
Kathy Egolf states. "Even with a new
part time professional museum
assistant at the museum, the need for a
stable volunteer workforce is critical."
Ms. Egolf continues. "As our visitors
increase in numbers both walk-ins and
scheduled groups, the need for docents
to properly show people around,
explain the exhibit and answer
questions becomes increasingly
important," says museum assistant,
Elizabeth Neily. Ms. Neily goes on to
say, "You would be surprised at the
diversity of skills that we
need; some require little or
no training and others
quite a bit. But we
welcome and encourage
any help that volunteers
can bring, and we will fit
them into our needs."
Museum Assistant
Treasurer Joan Ohman, is
coordinating Saturday
work parties once a
month. Those interested
in volunteering for weekly
work or for the once a
month Saturday work
A:3"7 A, parties may do so by
telephoning the museum
office at (727)-394-9338.

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History of Panama Canal
The museum will feature an
exhibit on the early history of the
Panama Canal at the annual Panama
Canal Society Reunion to be held at
the Caribe Royal Resort in Orlando on
July 28 through August 1. The exhibit
will include a photographic and
artifact display from the Spanish,
French and the construction period of
the American Era of the Panama

The Beginning
The museum began its very
existence at the 1999 reunion with a
small but effective exhibit. From that
first public outing, the museum
exhibit room and vendor table have
become a popular addition to its sister
Panama Canal organization's annual
gathering. In 2000 the special exhibit
featured the Canal Zone Schools; in
2001, the Postal System; in 2002, the
Canal Zone Police and in 2003,
Scouting in the Canal Zone with a
special exhibit on the Ocean-to-Ocean
Cayuco Races.

Silent Auction
One very successful and popular
event the museum has added to its
presence at the annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion is the silent auction.
It was so popular in 2002 that the
auction was expanded in 2003 with
more items available. The auction will
once again be held in the museum's
exhibit room which will be in the
Caribbean Ballroom I. Auction items
will be on display in the exhibit room
throughout the reunion, and bidding
will take place whenever the exhibit is
open to the public. Bidding will close
at 5 pm, Saturday, July 31. Right after
that the successful bidders will be
announced. Bidders should claim
their items by 6 pm. Last year spirited

An original pen and ink sketch of the Diablo Clubhouse was donated by Kassie
Sprague Taylor of Sprague Editions. The framed and matted sketch is an original
by renowned Panama Artist, Al Sprague. Opening bids on this valuable unique
piece will start at $350.

bidding occurred right up to the
closing bell.
Auction Coordinator, Tom
Peterson, has gathered some
remarkable items for this year's
auction. Panama artists, Al Sprague,
Neva Brown, Sharon DeVore
Gonzalez and Elsie Prather, have
donated original works of art to the
auction. In addition there is a wide
assortment of Panama related items
and items of general interest on the
list to be auctioned.

Other Special Attractions
Other special activities
scheduled for the exhibit room are:
* 2005 Panama Railroad calendar
* New Christmas ornament that
features the Roosevelt Medal
* Roosevelt Medal certificates for
descendants of Roosevelt Medal
* A table for those interested in
becoming a museum Speakers

Bureau speaker at regional events
and on cruise ships.
* A table for reserving a cabin on
the museum's 2005 cruise
* A table for sponsoring the
museum's Trivia Game
* In information table for the
cookbook project.

Vendor Table Returns
The museum's vendor table will
also be a highlight of the reunion
vendor room. Many new items will
be available for sale along with the
stock of Panama and Panama Canal
related books, t-shirts, note cards,
maps and collectible ornaments and
centennial medals. New books
related to Panama, the new ornament
and railroad calendar, t-shirts will be
the centerpiece of a great collection of
Panama and Panama Canal items.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF HISTORY--- A Roosevelt Medal Certificate

Memorialize your family's
Roosevelt Medal Holder with your
loved ones by giving them the "Gift of
History" to celebrate a holiday,
birthday or any other special occasion.
By donating on their behalf to the
Panama Canal Museum, each of the
friends and family you choose will be
provided an authenticated and
personalized certificate representing
their relationship to the family's
Roosevelt Medal Holder. We can
provide certificates for anyone from a
grandson to a great-great-
granddaughter for just $ $25.00 for the
first certificate and $5.00 for additional
certificates. In addition, each
certificate will be accompanied by the
"badge" address of President Theodore
Roosevelt to the Assembled Panama
Canal Force, in Colon, Panama, on
November 16, 1909. The President said
to the builders: "You are doing the
work the like of which has not before
been seen in the ages, a work that shall
last through the ages to come."
Two granddaughters of William J.
Allen, Roosevelt Medal #6491, have
provided us with information we would
like to share.
Kathleen Steiner Bennett (BHS
'56) says she "wanted to thank the
Panama Canal Museum and
particularly Dorn Thomas for the
lovely Roosevelt Certificates that he
researched and made for me, my five
siblings, two children and two
grandchildren. At the 2003 reunion I
saw one of these certificates for the first
time. My immediate thought was that
this is indeed my family's connection to
a very important historical event, an
engineering marvel that continues to
impress people who see it today. When
I mailed the ten certificates to my
family members, I was really surprised
to see how much they were
appreciated. Interestingly, the
grandchildren who never even lived in

the Panama Canal Zone were also
impressed. Since receiving her
certificate my granddaughter, Brigid,
has decided to build a set of working
locks for a science fair that she
contributes to each year at her school.
The framed certificate, with her name
on it showing that she is the great-
great-grandaughter of a Roosevelt
Medal holder will be displayed with her
locks project. She is very excited about
her project this year and has been
questioning me and her parents about
the building of the canal. Even though
she will have some help (as allowed in
elementary school) in building it, IT is
still her connection to American
history. Brigid attends the Escondido
Elementary School on the campus of
Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA."
Anne Magee Severy (BHS '54)
says, "For years I regaled my children
with stories about growing up in a
country with a history of pirates, ruins
and a Golden Altar, of orchid gardens
and exotic animals for pets, of climbing
Mango and Banyan trees, and of
picking bananas right off the stalk, etc.
I also shared with them the wonder of
watching the ships pass through the
Canal and waving at passengers and
sailors from all over the world. How
proud I was of my grandfather,
William J. Allen, who in order to find
work and feed his large family, had to
leave his wife and children in New
York City while he went to a strange
country to help build the "new"
Panama Canal. (Grandma and their
five children had to wait until 1912
before they were finally able to join
him.) I know that my stories always
enchanted my children.
"Last summer when I learned of
the availability of Certificates for family
members of Roosevelt medal
recipients, I decided that a certificate
would be the perfect gift for each of my
children and my grandchild. I also

encouraged my siblings to order
certificates for their children and
grandchildren. These certificates would
provide an incredible connection to
their great-grandfather and/or their
great-great-grandfather, who had been
instrumental in building the Panama
Canal considered by many to be the
Eighth Wonder of the World. Not a
bad legacy!
"On Christmas Eve I presented
these gold-framed Roosevelt
Certificates to my children and to my
grandchild and they now have them
proudly displayed in their homes. My
son, William Allen (named after his
great-grandfather of PanCanal history),
has his framed certificate hanging in
his office and my daughter, Suzanne,
has her certificate displayed on her
"family gallery" wall. Daughter
Heather's certificate sits on her dresser
in her bedroom.
"The Panama Canal Museum,
above all Dorn Thomas, who does the
necessary legwork to verify eligibility, is
offering this wonderful 'gift of history.'
I encourage anyone who is eligible to
take advantage of this outstanding

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In December, Jim and Pam Reid
generously donated 300 prints of Al
Sprague's 70'' Canal Anniversary
painting to the Museum. This beautiful
print depicts two ships in Miraflores
Locks. Be sure to check the Museum
Shop and/or the reunion vendor table
to purchase your copy of this fantastic
print for $20.00. (See the print on the
back page) Thanks Pam, and Jim!

On February 8, 2004, the Museum
joined the Panama Club's exhibit at the
Latin Exposition in the Entertainment
Center at the Florida State Fair.
Brenda Furlong, the Club's President,
generously shared her exhibition table
and space with Museum volunteers, Ed,
Joan and Jason Ohman to display gift
store items. The event was sponsored
by Univision, a local Latin/Spanish
television station, which gave tables to
non-profits to advertise and promote
their organizations. Besides the many
curious individuals stopping at our
table we were approached by Franco
Silva from the Tampa radio station,

Latino 54, 88.5 FM for an interview;
reporters from the Las Americas
Herald expressed interest in doing a
story on the Museum, and contact was
made with Taller Inter-Cultural
Hispano-Americano or TICH
(Hispanic-American Inter-Cultural
Workshop). TICH is a non-profit
cultural and educational institution
dedicated to helping children discover
their Hispanic values and grow closer
to their Latin roots. The Fair was
great exposure for the Museum. We
plan to return next year and have our
own table and a bigger and better

As a follow-up from the event above,
on April 17, 2004, TICH Executive
Director, Maria Esther Carillo-
Suarez, welcomed the Museum to the
2nd Spanish Cultural Festival at Leto
High School in Tampa. The fair was
open from 10 am to 8 pm and
attracted 3,000 visitors. Joan and Ed
Ohman Gene Beck and Kathy Egolf
represented the museum at the event.

Vistors to the museum table expressed
an interest in group visits to the

The museum developed a new brochure
to explain the purpose of the museum
and to serve as an application for group
tours of the museum. Brochures were
provided to the TICH visitors and one
local Boy Scout troop. The museum
plans wider distribution of the brochure
to attract group visits to the museum.

In January, the museum hosted its
second Pot Luck Luncheon with an
attendance of over 60. President Chuck
Hummer gave a multi-media
presentation on the history of the canal,
the present status and a projection for
the future. The museum also hosted a
group of students from the Montessori
School, Holiday, FL.

In January, President Hummer gave a
multimedia presentation to the NARFE
chapter in Bradenton at their invitation.

Elizabeth Neily, joined the museum as clerical assistant on February 2, 2004. Born in
Nova Scotia, Canada, Elizabeth graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1974.
After a career in curriculum development at New Brunswick Community College, she
moved to Florida in 1982.
Elizabeth began to explore and paint Florida's natural habitats and wildlife. When she
heard stories about Florida's first people, she wanted to learn more about them. A friend put
her in touch with local artist Hermann Trappman, who works as a park ranger at Boyd Hill
Nature Park. Not only did he give her all the inspiration she needed to start a series of
paintings, but three years later they married.
When not at the Panama Canal Museum Elizabeth is busy as the project director for
Florida Frontiers Native Earth Cultural Center, Inc., developing educational programs and
materials, creating exhibits for museums, or adding to their website, FloridaFrontier.com
You might also catch Elizabeth performing one of the many characters she has created
to interpret women's roles in Florida history. Last year the Florida Humanities Council
awarded her a scholar fellowship to further her research on the Spanish-American War
journalist, research Kathleen "Kit" Coleman. Elizabeth designs period clothing for herself
and other living history interpreters.
Elizabeth says, "The Panama Canal Museum offers me the opportunity to discover yet
another interesting era of American history while working with folks who are truly
dedicated to preserving it. Now I'm convinced that I must have a pollera."

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MEMBERSHIP ROSTER as of May 1, 2004

Barry & Jackie Abels
Lucille Abernathy
Donald D. Adams
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Jeanette Altman
Ingrid K. Anderson
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Brown Baggers
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Jim, Kathy, Jaki & Erin Collins
James B. Coman, Jr.
Mary L. Condon
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Helen F. Cook
Edward and Geraldine Corbett
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Varney T. Cornwell, Jr.
David & Marcy Corrigan
Allen H. & Edie Cotton
Fred A. & Jacquelyn Cotton
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Richard & Lynn Cunningham
Janet Potter Cunningham
Bob & Jessie Daniel
Richard J. Danielsen
Gordon H. Davis
Judy Walton Davis
Capt. William & Connie Dawson
Jo Ann Standefer DeLoof

Mary C. (Nehls) DeMartini
Gerry DeTore
Randy & Joella Deakins
Louis & Barbara Dedeaux
Jon & Debra Dedeaux
Robert E. Dell
Norman & Cecile Demers
Florence Dempsey
Donald A. Dertien
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Honey Bailey Dimitriadis
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George & Ann Downing
William & Hide Drew
Dorothy Englebright Dunn
Bill & Betty Dunning
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George & Roberta Egolf
Mary B. Egolf
William & Carol Egolf
John & Laurie Engelke
Karen R. Engeseth
Tyrone & Niccole Erickson
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Ann Kredell Fadden
Murray and Candy Falk
Paul & Opal Fedde
George F. Fenton, Sr.
Orlando & Deborah Filos
Sarah G. Finkelstein
George T. Fitzgerald
Merrilyn Forbes
Robert W & Joan Foreman
Jacquelyn R. Forrest
William W. Forsstrom
Harry Foster
Woody & Ruth Foster
Ralph K. "Tony" & Dorothy Frangioni
Benje J. Franklin
Andrew W. Fraser
Gilbert E. Freund
Robert & Karla Friar
Gene S. & Carol A. Fritz
George Fryer
Kenneth & Fern Fugleberg
Bill & Arlene Lim Gamble
William J. Gansen
Octavia Garlington
Donald P. Garrido

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Morton & Katherine LeBow
Kathleen LeBrun
Charles & Lucille "Sandy" LeBrun
Aurora F. LeBrun
William E. LeBrun
Frank A. & Deborah J. Lee
Bea Lee
Cherie Danielsen Lee
Roland J. & Patricia C. Lees
Margaret Leigh
LTC Robert R. Leisy
Mary L. Lerchen
Stephen & Betty Leve
Frank R. & Helen F. Leves
Herbert Lewis
Gene & Diane Linfors
Michael & Elaine (Peterson) Little
Lesley M. Litzenberger

Isabella Z. Lively
Dave Lohse
John & Joan Long
Edwin R. Longanacre
Guy & Mary Lord
Al & Joy Maale
James P. MacLaren
John & Veta MacLaren
Ed & Gloria Malin
Richard Mallett
John M. Mallia
Dottie Manthorne
Mark F. Marczak
Diane McKenna Marsh
Charles & Diane Yost Mason
Robert & Colleen Mate
Grover Matheney
David & Victoria Matt
LTC (Ret) Frank Mayo
Pat & Peggy Ann McCarragher
Tom & Debra McCarragher
Richard A. McClean
S. Griffin McClellan III
William J. McConaughey
Robert H. & Kathryn McConaughey
Thomas F. McCullough
Judi McCullough
Don & Karen McCullough
Sheila McDaniel
William P. McGinn
Mary Smith McGough
Bob & Kathy (Malin) Mclnturff
Robert V. McJennett, D.O.
David G. McKenna
Don & Joan McKeon
William J. McKeown, Jr.
Earl & Nancy McMillin
Gail McNally & Herb Dawson Children
John & Tilly McTaggart
Virginia McLaren McWilliams
Gus & Nelly Mellander
Ram. & Ida Melwani
Shiloh Men's Bridge Club
Mel & Betty Menk
John Metivier
Nicole Meyer
William B. Michaelsen
James R. & Norma B. Miller
Ann W Mitchum
World of Knowledge Montessori School
Elizabeth B. Moore
Florence Ann Barbour Moore
John A. & Margaret K. Morales
Paul & Stacia Morgan
Richard & Julieta Morgan
Kenneth L. Morris, Jr.
Warren (Zeke) & Fern Morse
John & Joann Morton
Paul Moser
William & Jean Muller
Albert & Jane Nahmad
Dan & Patricia Rudge Nellis
Andy J. Nicolaisen

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Maxine Baggott Nolde
William Nordstrom
Donald L. & Sandy Nungester
Alyce A. O'Neal
Anita J. Oberholtzer
Russell E. Oberholtzer
Ed, Joan & Jason McCullough Ohman
Capt. Ted & Lourdes Oliveira
Arvid Olsen
Thomas C Orr
Mlguel Hugo Osborne
Mary Overstreet
Harold L. & Patricia Parfitt
Mary H. Parker
Deborah Pate
Harriet R. Patterson
Mary Jane Paulson
Jeffrey & Diane Paulson
Mrs. Kenneth Paulson
Diane Pearson
Tom & Barbara Peterson
Chuck & Sharon Phelan
J. E. Phelan
Conrad & Jane Phillippi
Barbara Pierce
Jerry & Kay Frangioni Pierce
Sheila Randolph Price
Lynn Pridgen
Windsor Properties
Burley & Peggy Pruett
Genealogy Periodicals
Catherine Racette
Louise C. Rainier
American Legion Randolph Post 707
Virginia Rankin
Bobbie Jo (Oglesby) Rebennack
Bob Redfield & Carolyn Merry
James & Janet Reece
Walter R. Reeves, Jr.
Jim & Pam Reid
Nancy Remak
Michael and Christine (Cartotto) Ressa
Carla Revell
Ramon & Laura Reyes
Beatrice M. Rhyne
Annie Rice
John E. Richardson
Hobey & Lisa Richey
June Barlow Riesz
Michael G. Rigby
Jeffrey J. Riley
James W. Riley, Sr.
Randy Rios
Jody and Dolores Roberson
Patt Foster Roberson
Mark Robin
Joanne (Steiner) Robinson
Capt. Hal Robinson
Joseph & Beth Robles
James J. Roddy
Burton & Carolyn Rodman
Al & Marilyn Romaneski

Phillipa Rosales
Sylvia B. Rose
Capt. Don A. Ross and Family
Sam & Beverly Rowley
Marion Price Royston
Robert & Jeanne Rupp
Robert & Cheryl Russell
Laura S. Rydell
Don & Joni Ryter
Daniel & Jodi Saltzman
Frances F. Sampsell
Jayne A. Samson
Ruthanne Sandusky
Agnes Santomenno
Wendell & Donna Sasso
Sonia Schack
Gerard K. Schear
Douglas & Sharon Schmidt
Ruth E. Schmidt
John C. Schmidt, Jr.
John E. Schmidt, Jr.
Robert & Karen Schorejs
Frederick A. Schrader
Valeria Schroeter
Lillian Norris Schwarz
George B. Schwindeman
R. David & Betsie W. Scott
Anthony & Raquel Scottino, Jr.
Kathleen Lavalle Sears
Anne (Magee) Severy
Paul H. Shacklette
Helen M. Shapiro
Norman & June Shapiro
Linda Cassady Sims
Christian S. Skeie
Gilbert M. and Pauline "Sue" Pincus
Lester & Andrea Smith
Frank M. Smith
Betty C. Snow
Lori Stevenson Snow
Larry D. Solien
Norm and Dawn Spector
Gary & Carole Spencer
Ed & Adrienne Stallworth
Luke & Joyce Standefer
Ted & Ellen (Clute) Starkey
Michael & Elaine Stephenson
Betty Brooks Stergion
Marilynn Stevens
Davis and June Stevenson
Thomas E. Stoakley
Freda F. Stohrer
Russell & Gladys Stromberg
Duncan W. Summerford
Frances E. Summerford
Richard & Bette Swearingen
Carl L. Swenson
Fred Szymanski, Jr.
Lewis & Sandra Taber
Louis J. Tanassy
Mark Tartar
Dale & Mary Jane Sylvestre Taylor

J. E. Dorn Thomas
Chuck & Cynthia Thomas
Charles & Josephine Thomas
Tony & Stephanie Thomas
Jed & Janice Thomas, Jr.
Elizabeth C. Thompson
Mark R. Thrailkill
George & Arlene Tochterman
Gayle Hasemann Tolbert
Capt. & Mrs. Philip L. Tomlet III
David Tooke & Family
Aaron & Joan Hensler Toscar
William G. Toston
Frank & Marvel Townsend
Virginia C. Townsend
Joan R. Townshend
Alan Harrold Townshend
John & Lynn Turner
Olive L. Unruh
Robert Valentine
R. Trendon Vestal
Carolyn B. Vezina
John H. Viall
Frances Farrell Viglielmo
Jacqueline E. Wagner
Robert A. Wainio
Ruth Catherine Taylor Walker
Robert Wallace
James & Stacia Walsh
Fred E. Wells
Virginia Ryter Wennik
Barbara R. Wetherington
Robert W. Wheeler
Robert and Pat (Heitman) Whitam
Robert W. White
Joseph H. & Marilyn White, Jr.
John & Muriel Whitman
Janice E. Whitney
Kenneth O. Wiberg
James Faulkner &
Ethel (Sandmann) Wich
Edward K. Wilburn
Albert L. Wilder
Beverly Williams
John & Edith Willoughby
Col. & Mrs. James W. Wilson, USMC
Arlene Schmidt Winerman
John R. Wise
Harriet Keenan Wollmers
Joe & Beverly Bowman Wood
Craig & Heather Wood
Brian & Karina Wood
Marion & Elsie Woodruff
Hugh Wright
William H. & Judith Wymer
Elizabeth L. Yerxa
William D. & Virginia M. Young
Maria "Connie" Young
Richard S. & Virginia Zornes
Bob & Marguerite Zumbado
Cheryl DeRaps Zumbrunn
Joan Ridge de Grummond

Kathryn Argo Taylor

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It is wonderful to find a way to support the
museum and to have an outstanding travel and social
experience, too. This proved true with the first
fundraising museum cruise on the Celebrity Horizon in
February. Nearly 250 took advantage of the special rates ..
offered by the travel agent, Carlson Wagonlit Travel of
Palm City, Florida. As reported in greater detail in the
March issue of the museum's newsletter, Musings, the
cruise was a success in every aspect. It was particularly
pleasurable to visit the Caribbean ports of call and have a
full ten hours in Panama, and the opportunity to do
some serious touring through old neighborhoods and
communities in Panama. Over 100 cruisers joined a
special bus excursion to the Pacific Side where all had a
delicious typical lunch at the El Barco restaurant in
Amador. A number of local friends and family members
joined the group for lunch, and the museum both Cruise coordinator, June Barlow Riesz, presents a $10,400 check
received and presented honors at the luncheon. The from Carlson-Wagonlit to museum president, Chuck Hummer
stop in Panama was at the Colon 2000 cruise terminal. while Executive Vice President Kathy Egolf and Vice President Joe
All this enjoyment and a donation of $10,400 from the Wood look on.
travel agent to the museum!!! The cruise was the
brainchild of museum member, June Barlow Riesz, who also served as the coordinator before and during the cruise assisted by
museum Membership Chair, Gayle Hasemann Tolbert. It was impressive to see the museum group decked out in their special
cruise t-shirts both on board and on shore. It is also notable that all the museum's officers and a number of trustees signed up for
the cruise. Taking a cue from the overwhelmingly favorable comments from the happy cruisers, the museum has scheduled
another cruise for 2005.
The 2005 cruise is on the Royal Caribbean, Brilliance of the Seas, a recent addition to the cruise fleet. The ten-day
schedule runs from February 4 14 out of the Port of Miami. The ports of call are Grand Cayman, Aruba and Costa Rica, with a
stop in Panama that includes a partial transit into Gatun Lake where passengers will be able to visit Panama attractions for a full
day. The museum will also schedule some educational and social events on the ship and some special shore excursions in
Panama. Carlson Wagonlit Travel reports that cabins are selling fast with the suites already sold out. So, it is highly
recommended that those interested in joining fellow Zonians in a Caribbean cruise with a visit to Panama, make their
reservations as soon as possible. A flyer is enclosed with this issue of the Review and reservations may be made by telephone (1-
888-652-1365) with the rates and reservation guaranteed by a deposit.
If the second cruise is as successful as the first, the museum has already begun plans for setting another cruise in 2006,
with other destinations being considered.

Check out the 2005 cruise flyer in this issue!!

Page 10 T :he Panama Canal Museum Review


One major function of any
museum is education. The ability to
educate on the history of the Panama
Canal is a continuing objective of the
Museum. One way that this has
developed has been through requests
by cruise lines for speakers on ships
transiting or visiting the Panama
Canal. The museum has become a
contact point for booking agents and
organizations seeking lecturers on the
subject of the Panama Canal over the
past two years. Agents arrange for
destination lecturers for cruise ships
on several different cruise lines
transiting the Canal, especially in the
November April time frame of the
year. Groups and clubs are interested
in booking luncheon speakers on a
variety of subjects including the Canal.
Chuck Hummer and Dick Morgan
are trustees who have both served as
lecturers on the construction and
operation of the Canal as a result of
such requests. Dick recently put
together a list of frequently asked
questions and answers at these
"I have presented a number of
lectures about the Panama Canal and
the Canal Zone in the last 8 years. The
audiences have been clubs and
fraternal organizations and cruise ship
passengers. There remains a high level
of interest in the Canal and its history,
especially among the over 50 crowd in
the United States. There is always a
question and answer period after the
presentation, and what I have outlined
below are the most frequently asked
questions with my answers."

Q: Why did President Jimmy Carter
give away the Panama Canal?
A: In my opinion, because he really
believed it was the right thing to do.
After reading his book, Keeping Faith:
Memoirs of a President (1982), I think
Carter had a serious guilt complex

about what President Teddy Roosevelt
had done in 1903, taking Panama and
making it an independent nation and
leaving Congress to debate it. In his
book, Carter wrote that the Senate
vote to ratify his treaty "will always be
one of my proudest moments, and one
of the great achievements in the
history of the United States Senate."

Q Does the United States still have a
presence at the Canal?
A: Absolutely none. There are a few
U.S. citizens still working for the
Canal on an individual basis, but the
only U.S. entities in Panama are
banks, businesses, the embassy, and
the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute. The entire U.S. population
that managed and operated the Canal,
as well as the U.S. Military, are gone.
At one time those two groups
numbered 35,000 people.

Q- How are the Chinese managing
the Canal?
A: This impression is widespread in
the United States and it is not correct.
A Chinese firm from Hong Kong,
Hutchison Whampoa, manages the
ports of Balboa and Cristobal under a
long term contract with the
Government of Panama, but has
nothing to do with managing the
Canal. I have heard concerns that the
firm has connections to Chinese
military intelligence, but is this a
surprise in centrally controlled China?
The operation and management of the
Canal is vested entirely in the Panama
Canal Authority, an agency of the
Government of Panama. Hutchinson
Whampoa is an internationally
recognized port operator, and
operates major ports in the Bahamas,
Mexico, The Netherlands, Malaysia
and the United Kingdom.

Q. Well then, how is Panama
managing the Canal?
A: In general, pretty darn well and
better than I expected. Statistically
during Panama's four years of
management, transits are up and
Canal tonnage is way up. The number
of Panamax (the largest vessels that
can fit in the canal locks) transits
increases each year. Canal water time
is reduced from the 1990's, and is the
lowest in the Canal's history. The
number of accidents is at an all time
low. Cargo vital to U.S. interests is
increasing steel exports from Asia
and grain exports from the United
States to Asia, mainly China, are
increasing significantly. Container
ship and oil product transits are a
major part of Canal trade. On an
anecdotal basis, I have noticed on a
number of transits that the process is
smooth, efficient and quiet, certainly
as much as it was prior to transfer of
the Canal to Panama.

: Does Panama have plans for the
future of the Canal?
A: I believe that is one of the major
changes in the management
philosophy of the Canal under
Panama. The U.S. managers were
constrained from operating the Canal
as a business enterprise due to strong
oversight and insistence from the U.S.
Congress that the operation remain a
fiscally breakeven government entity
run by government regulations.
Although U.S. managers implemented
a number of Canal improvements
including widening Gaillard Cut,
procuring modern capital equipment
such as tugs and towing locomotives,
and investing heavily in training for
the future, their emphasis had to be in
keeping things running and up to
date, while planning for the future
transfer of the Canal to Panama.
(Continued on page 14)

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The Panama Canal Museum Review.


A recent gift to the museum from
Merrilyn Priddy Brown Forbes has
been a source of great excitement
among members of the museum's
Collections Committee and Board of
Trustees. Merrilyn had alerted Buddy
Morgan, Chairperson of the
Collections Committee, that she would
be donating to the museum "a few" oil
paintings done by her mother, Neva
Breeding Priddy Brown (1893-1982),
in the Canal Zone during the late 40's.
Much to Buddy's surprise, a number of
large packages arrived at the museum
months later containing nine brightly
colored tropical paintings mounted in
bamboo frames. Because all of the
paintings are not directly related to the
American Era of the Panama Canal,
Merrilyn assured the museum that it
would be quite all right for the
museum to include some of the
paintings in our silent auctions. She is
sure that former Zonians will

appreciate and enjoy the art work her
mother did of tropical settings.
Merrilyn reports that Neva
designed lingerie during the day and
taught elocution, china painting, and
ballet at night in the San Francisco/
Oakland area prior to going to the
Canal Zone and marrying Ed Brown,
a marine engineer with the Derdging
Division, in 1932. In the Canal Zone,
Neva's activities included starting the
Ancon Morning Musical Club;
helping found the Gamboa Women's
Club; and taking painting lessons from
Don Roberto Lewis, Panama's
foremost artist at the time. Neva's
husband, Ed, helped her frame the
paintings the museum received by
cutting bamboo in the jungle and
drying it. Termites got the first batch
of bamboo before it could be used for
frames, but the beautiful frames on the
museum's paintings show that his later
efforts were more successful! When

Ed retired in the early 1950's, the
Browns left the Canal Zone for
When Chuck Hummer and Kathy
Egolf recently attended the April
meeting of the Ocala Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers' meeting, they took one
of the Neva Brown paintings with
them to show a recent acquisition of
the museum. At least one of the
Ditchdiggers was familiar with Neva
Brown's work: Juanita McConaughey
said she had three Neva Brown
paintings at home!
Chuck says, "We are so
appreciative of the gift of her mother's
paintings Merrilyn Forbes has made to
the museum and the responsible and
understanding way in which she has
made the gift. There has been good
communication between her and our
Collections Committee members
about the gift, and we welcome the
flexibility Merrilyn has extended in
endorsing the inclusion of some of the
paintings in our annual silent auction.
We know those visiting the Museum
Room at the Reunion this year will
enjoy seeing two of Neva Brown's
paintings in the museum's silent
Future auctions may feature more
Neva Brown paintings and others will
become part of the museum collection.





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Paul Glassburn (lefi) and Tom Peterson (right) hold the two Neva Brown
paintings that will appear in this year's silent auction. Paul was one of the members
of the Collections Committee who communicated with Merrilyn Forbes about the
donation of nine of her mother's paintings to the museum, and Tom is Chairperson of
the Silent Auction Committee.





President's Duties- The board meeting was chaired by Vice President, Joe Wood. Joe explained that President Chuck
Hummer has requested a leave of absence in order to dedicate sufficient time to rehabilitation after spinal surgery. In
accordance with the bylaws, the Vice President will take on all duties of President during an absence of the President. Joe also
noted that Chuck will continue to participate to the extent his rehabilitation permits.

New Trustees- The trustees added two new trustees to the board. John Carlson was approved as a trustee at the board's
November meeting. John, a resident of Panama and a founder of the Isthmian Historical Society, will serve as the museum
representative in Panama. John replaces Marc Quinn, who previously was the museum's man on site. At the March board
meeting, Joey Zornes was approved as
trustee. Joey has been redesigning the
museum website and becomes a welcome
representative from the younger -----------
generation of Zonians. He is a media
design specialist with Ten Resources, a
renowned interactive media firm based in an r onr r
Columbus, Ohio.

New Website- Joey Zornes has unveiled
portions of the new website he is
designing during a presentation to the
March board of trustees meeting. He and
a colleague, Kris Schultz, are
incorporating state-of-the-art technology
in the website, and automating the Wall of c t de p
Honor so that it can be kept current with :
direct input from the museum's .......
collections and membership software.........
Kick off date for the new website is now ....
projected for the summer.

Museum Clerical Assistant- A highlight New trustee and museum webmaster, Joey Zornes, introduces the board to the
of the board meeting was the introduction new website design. Shown left to right; Paul Glassburn, Bob Karrer, Jack Hern,
of Elizabeth Neily, the newly hired Pat Kearns, Kathy Egolf, Barbara Peterson, Tom Peterson, Faith Brundage,
clerical assistant. Elizabeth's profile Elizabeth Neily, Buddy Morgan, Reggie Hayden, Zornes, Dick Morgan and Joan
appears elsewhere in this issue, but suffice Ohman.
it to say that the museum is fortunate to
have someone with her experience, skills and record in historical and museum fields and particularly experience in grants.
Elizabeth had already obtained the services of an AARP grant employee. AARP has a program where it pays senior employees to
intern as a means to permanent employment and re-introduction to the work force.

Museum Assessment Program- The report from the peer reviewer, Scott Loehr, Director of the Augusta Museum of History,
was the primary subject of the March board of trustees meeting. The report gives the museum management, planning and
operation high marks. He listed some improvements that the board considered at the meeting. He suggests the museum board
consider two paths for the future. One is to continue to develop an entirely self sustaining museum with some increases in
outreach beyond the "visceral" (Zonian) constituency of former Panama Canal residents and employees. He notes that the
Zonian constituency will diminish with time and a narrowly focused museum will not likely develop sufficient support from the
"general public" to insure its longevity.
The alternative path would be to continue the current museum's development to a point where it can be integrated into
an existing educational organization with continued oversight by a group representing the "visceral" interests. He suggests

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establishing a relationship with an existing museum or college or university with some relevance and interest in integrating the
Panama Canal Museum collection.
The grant from which this report was produced calls for the formation of an Implementation Team, the creation of an
Implementation Plan and a means by which to track and assess the implementation program. Each of the trustees has been
provided a full copy of the assessment report. At the March board meeting it was decided to proceed with the first plan,
continued development of the museum, and at the same time begin a search to find suitable organizations to discuss possible
future integration. When and if the board is successful in developing a collaborative agreement that will assure protection and
accessibility of the collection, the board will consider such integration.

Cooperative Projects in Panama- Special Project Chairperson, Chris Skeie, and Museum Panama representative, John
Carlson, are working on a number of collaborative projects in Panama. Conversations are underway with the Panama Railway to
assemble an exhibit that will commemorate the 150'h anniversary of the Panama Railroad. In addition, the municipal museum in
Colon, is having a small photographic historical exhibit prepared by the Panama Canal Museum from its collection of
photographs. Finally, in cooperation with the National Institute of Culture, the museum is working to provide documentation
and possible exhibits for the Porto Bello museum and the reconstruction of the Flat Arch. Chris also reported that the museum
cayuco, Fas 2 Rass, was amongst the top three winners in the recently completed Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race. Chuck
Hummer also noted that Pablo Prieto, representing the Panama Canal Authority, was presented with honorary museum
membership for the Authority. Pablo, in his role as cayuco race coordinator presented the museum with the trophy that
represented 25 years of winning teams. Marisa de Arco, President of the Balboa Paddle Club, sponsor of the race, and club
treasurer, Sue Stabler, presented the museum with a plaque in appreciation of the support of the museum for the annual race.
Finally, Chuck reported that he had returned an artifact to a representative of the Panama Institute for Culture. The artifact, the
key to the main door of the church at Porto Bello, was donated to the museum with instructions to see that it was returned to its
proper owner. The Institute reports that it will become a key addition to the museum at Porto Bello.

Research Inquiries- Inquiries on Panama Canal history continue to be an increasing activity of the museum.
Collections Chairperson, Paul "Buddy" Morgan, reported to the board that during the period Sept. 29, 2003 Mar. 14, 2004, a
total of 45 inquiries were received and acted upon. As the library grows, the ability to research and reply to inquiries also grows.

Roosevelt Medal Certificate Program- Program coordinator, J. Dorn Thomas, reported that he has prepared 488
certificates since the program was started. This has generated $4,860 in
revenue for the museum and established some very productive connections for
the museum from Roosevelt Medal recipient descendants. The board. :
commended Dorn for the success of the program and noted how such a
program could be successful and fully administered remote from the museum. |
The board reaffirmed its wish that the program continue and committed itself
to more aggressive marketing. Dorn confirmed that he would have an order
desk at the reunion and asked for larger signs to insure people are aware of his A(;I:.'AlIMIENTIo
FlPana a Canal .NImsevmi

Financial Picture- Treasurer Paul Glassburn reported to the board tda4 OtvuwAorw QcaeocA
Del it Ca 13 de AtarD de 2003
that the last audit was favorable. He reported on the 2003 Balance Statement, ci: 1 .ta 3 dbe,. A ib,. 2
which showed gross revenues of $146 thousand, comprising $112 thousand in ..
donations and dues, $33 thousand in gift store sales and almost $1,000 in
interest income. Cost of goods sold amounted to $16 thousand. Expenses of
$71.5 thousand made the net income increase to $58.5 thousand up from $11.5 ,
thousand in the previous year. Paul presented the 2004 budget for ratification. .
The 2004 budget projects $109.5 total income and expenses of $82.7 thousand,
an increase of $11.2 thousand from 2003. The primary reason for the increase ,
is the employment of a part time paid employee. Glassburn says the financial :
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outlook has improved each year, but the present spending austerity needs to be
continued and a more effective membership drive should be undertaken to
provide a good stable revenue base.

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The Panama Canal Authority, without
the distractions of having to manage
Canal Zone government and
administrative activities, and the ports
and the railroad, is vitally concerned
with the future of the Canal. They are
actively researching a third locks
project to increase capacity and size of
ships, as well as improved
communications systems with ships.
They have an active program to
preserve and protect the massive
watershed area that supports the Canal
in Panama. The Authority has
completed widening the Gaillard Cut
to 600 feet, replacing most towing
locomotive track, purchasing
additional tugs and locomotives, and
modernizing locks control systems.
The program continues. Last year's
Canal revenue was $921 million, up 13
percent over the previous year.

Q: What worries do you have for the
A: To a very large extent, Panama has
been lucky since it took over the
Canal. There have been no major
accidents, no big oil spills, no
hazardous cargo incidents or
explosions in the Canal. Those things
are inevitable in the long run, and it
remains to be seen how the Authority
will cope with them when they occur.
Secondly, Panama's politicians have
pretty much kept their hands off the
finances of the Canal Authority. Given
the political morass that is Panama, it
is a matter of time before the
politicians try to drag more money out
of the revenues of the greatest cash
cow in the country. The Canal needs
every dollar it brings in to continue to
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Miami, Florida
Hindi Diamond

Ormond Beach, Florida
Mickey Walker Fitzgerald

Pensacola, Florida
Barbara Egolf Dedeaux
Barbara Vose-Kulig

Sarasota, Florida
Tom & Barbara Peterson

Tampa Bay, Florida
Muriel Whitman

Atlanta, Georgia
Marie Drake

Pacific Northwest
Dan & Pat Nellis

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Kerrville, Texas
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Seattle, Washington
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What is a Mola? by Willie K.
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interesting text on glossy
pages tell of the Kunas of
Panama and their fabulous
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Exhibit Committee
Robert F. Zumbado

Finance Committee
Davis Stevenson

Membership Committee
Gayle Hasemann Tolbert

Nominating Committee
Thomas C. Peterson

Public Relations
Lesley Hendricks

Special Projects
Christian S. Skeie

Strategic Planning
Patricia Steiner Kearns

Faith Brundage
John Carlson
Robert Dell
Marie Wright Gibson
Barbara Green
Reginald M. Hayden, Jr.
Robert J. Karrer
Richard D. Morgan
Lewis A. Taber
Muriel Whitman
Joey Zornes

Board of Advisors
Robert K. Dawson
William R. Gianelli
Thomas R. Goethals
Walter P. Leber
D. P. McAuliffe


7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, Florida 33772
Tel. (727)-394-9338
Fax (727)-394-2737
Email: office@panamacanalmuseum.org

This newsletter is published by the Panama Canal Museum for its
members, donors and benefactors. Additional copies can be
obtained by writing or mailing the museum. The Museum is
staffed entirely by 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.

Board of Trustees

President in absentia
Charles W. Hummer, Jr

Vice President
Joseph J. Wood

Executive Vice President
Katherine E. Egolf

Barbara D. Peterson

Paul D. Glassburn

Assistant to Treasurer
Joan McCullough Ohman

Audit Committee
Jack Hern

Collections Committee
Paul Morgan, Ph.D.

Development Committee
J. Dorn Thomas


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