The Exhibition Program

The George A. Smathers Libraries have an active exhibition program that shares, interprets, and promotes the collections. Exhibits support and enhance the Libraries’ role as an intellectual center of the university.

Now on view

ALBERT H. NAHMAD PANAMA CANAL GALLERY

Track Changes

Long before a canal cut across the Isthmus of Panama, the first transcontinental railroad charted a similar path between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Built 1850-1855, the Panama Railroad transformed the country’s physical and economic landscape. It propelled Panama into a future of exponential importance as a global crossroad and a tumultuous relationship with the United States that lasted 150 years. The impacts, for better and worse, were profound. Curated by Elizabeth Bemis.

A Panama Railroad train emitting smoke while traveling through a grassy area

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