Needed
$281,000.00
Goal
$500,000.00

1915 Panama-California Exposition

In 1915, San Diego hosted a Panama-California International Exposition to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. San Diego was the first major port of call for ships passing through the newly opened Panama Canal.

In an effort to solidify the San Diego-Panama connection, the name of the park was changed to Balboa Park. This was done in honor of Spanish-born Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, the first European to spot the Pacific Ocean while on exploration in Panama.

With this connection to San Diego, we are asking for your support with our Legacy Challenge to build an International Cottage Museum.

Exposition postcard with logo
Exposition postcard with logo
Sunset Magazine ad for Panama-California Exposition, 1915
Sunset Magazine ad for Panama-California Exposition, 1915
Looking east from Plaza de Panama, 1915, courtesy Library of Congress
Looking east from Plaza de Panama, 1915, courtesy Library of Congress

Overview from California Tower, 1915 Panama-California Exposition
Overview from California Tower, 1915 Panama-California Exposition
Annual Pass for 1915 Panama-California Exposition issued to C L Lathrop
Annual Pass for 1915 Panama-California Exposition issued to C L Lathrop
Complimentary 1915 Exposition pass issued to H E McPherson
Complimentary 1915 Exposition pass issued to H E McPherson

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