Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, D.C


  • Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place Southeast Washington, DC, 20020 United States

Through images and narrative, including graphically stylized commentary, “Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging from Panama to Washington, D.C.,” tells of the personal experiences of Panamanians and Zonians living in and commuting and navigating between the nation’s capital area and Panama.

The exhibition uses as a historical backdrop the formal ties established between the U.S. and Panama since the California Gold Rush through the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal in 2014. In addition to new research and contributions from Washington, D.C.–area residents with varying ties to Panama, the bilingual presentation incorporates the museum’s archival material and images from a variety of sources, including donations from community members, the collections of other Smithsonian units and the Smithsonian affiliate Museo de Canal Interoceánico de Panama. (The exhibition is on view indefinitely.)