This week, Randy Mason connects the dots between Kansas City and the famous canal which celebrates its centennial in 2014. He looks at how Linda Hall Library, the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library are celebrating the history of one of the largest and most challenging feats of engineering ever undertaken. Immediately following this special episode of The Local Show, the PBS program American Experience presents Panama Canal, which examines the trials and tribulations of connecting the world’s two largest oceans.
We visit the Linda Hall Library, the Truman Library and Museum, and are visited by the Kansas City Library’s Crosby Kemper III. Some of those institutions already have plans underway for celebrating the centennial this year—most notably the Linda Hall Library at 51st and Cherry. They specialize in science and technology research and in a few months they’ll be opening an exhibit called The Land Divided, The World United.
It’s based around the A.B. Nichols collection, which they acquired some years back when the Engineering Society Library in New York City was closing its doors.
Upcoming lectures at Linda Hall Library:
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal
Curators: Bruce Bradley, Donna Swischer, and Eric Ward, Linda Hall Library
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
The Panama Canal Expansion
Alberto Alemán Zubieta, former CEO, Panama Canal Authority, 1996-2012
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Rails Across Panama: From ’49ers to 40-foot Containers
Peter A. Hansen, Editor, Railroad History; and Michael Haverty, Executive Chairman, Kansas City Southern
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Big-Ship Ready: The Post-Panamax Era
Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director (retired), The Port of Los Angeles
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Building the Panama Canal
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
Note: This lecture will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza
A special thanks to the Kauffman Fioundation and Wendy Guilles in particular, for helping pull all this together.