The Cutting Edge

Photo of workers digging the Panama Canal.

As built, the Panama Canal is an extraordinary achievement that would have been impossible to create just a few decades earlier. Recent advancements and innovations in concrete, dredging, electricity, equipment, engines, dynamite, railroads, and many others, meant the difference between success and failure. Individuals and industries capitalized on these improvements and invented solutions to complete an awe-inspiring engineering project in a time frame that pushed the limits of possibility. Curated by Elizabeth Bemis.

This exhibit will be on display through March 29th, 2024 in the Nahmad Gallery, on the first floor of Smathers Library (East), is open to the public during normal building hours.