Film and Discussion: "American Experience: Panama Canal"

A screening of the documentary film “American Experience: Panama Canal” on a summer evening in The Fells new open-air Pavilion. This 90-minute film focuses mostly on the building of the Panama Canal and gives context to the significance of the United States’ emergence as a global power. The film raises questions about the costs and benefits of this extraordinary engineering feat, including the loss of more than 5000 lives and rigid segregation of workers based on race. The film features “an extraordinary archive of photographs and footage, rare interviews with canal workers, and first-hand accounts of life in the Canal Zone.” The connection to The Fells is clear: As Secretary of State, John Hay wrote that in negotiations for the Panama Canal Treaty, he was instrumental “in getting the proper guaranties for jurisdiction over the Canal” There will be a brief discussion, following the film. 

This program is part of Diplomacy: Then and Now, a series that examines the history of some of the country’s biggest diplomatic efforts and explores the importance of diplomacy in today’s world. Diplomacy: Then and Now is presented by The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens and funded by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.

Getting to Know You: Diplomats and Intelligence Gathering in the Anglo-American World during the Civil War 
Citizen Diplomacy: A Foreign Service Institute Workshop
John Hay: Diplomacy in the Era of American Imperialism

Panama Treaty Negotiation Simulations
Intergenerational Model UN Conference