Panama Canal

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The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 signaled America’s emergence as a global power. This documentary from the PBS American Experience series explores the story of this monumental undertaking, achieved in part by individuals with Kansas City ties.
Documentary Screening
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global power. American ingenuity and innovation — some of it supplied by individuals with Kansas City ties — had succeeded where, a few years earlier, the French had disastrously failed, stymied by disease, weather, and geography.

The story of this monumental undertaking — the visionaries who pushed for it and nameless laborers who made it happen 100 years ago — is explored in this documentary that first aired in 2011. The screening previews a new exhibit, The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal, opening at the Linda Hall Library on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Co-presented by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Linda Hall Library, and the Truman Library Institute.