A Piece of History: Panama Canal at the Mint Museum
THE EXHIBITION Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 at the Mint Museum Uptown opens with a steam shovel scoop once used to dig along the banks of the canal. It’s one of 24 such scoops the United States sent to help maintain the groundbreaking waterway after it opened in 1914. “Most people think it’s a rusty piece of junk,” says Dan Martin, of the Nederland Mining Museum in Colorado, the piece’s permanent home. “But it’s still totally operational.” The 6,000-pound tool was forklifted off a specialized truck, placed onto rolling hydraulic lifts, brought up a freight elevator, and wheeled into its temporary Charlotte home. It will be on display, along with the rest of the exhibition, through February 1. mintmuseum.org.