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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events

NEW! Tumbleweed Ranch Time Travelers

See the 100-year-old McCroskey House, the Grocery Store, and historic farm equipment as you dive into historical activities at Tumbleweed Ranch. Plant a seed, make a mini scarecrow, test your speed on the sack race course, feel some cotton bolls straight off the plant, and more.  Each month, includes four new hands-on activities set up throughout the Ranch.  Programs in this series promote developmental skills, let youth explore historical methods and tools, and include a take-home item. Appropriate for early childhood participants and homeschool families.

Second Tuesdays, October- April, 10 - 11 a.m., Free to attend

MARK YOUR CALENDAR with the upcoming dates! 
October 10
November 14
December 12
January 9
February 13
March 13
April 10

NEW! Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore

Trivia Night with Marshall Shore, June 14, 2016There are new things on the horizon for Trivia Night in 2017! 

In 2017, we have two dates at The Ostrich in Downtown Chandler and two dates at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in South Chandler. 

The Ostrich - May 30 (Streets of Chandler) and August 15 (Hot, Hot, Hot: Top Headlines in Chandler)
Alamo Drafthouse - June 13 (The East Valley's Baseball Past) and October 17 (Chuck wagons and the Wagon Trail) 

Hot, Hot, Hot: Top Chandler Headlines - Tuesday, August 15, 7 - 9 p.m., The Ostrich (basement of Crust), 10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler

It’s hot outside, but it’s cool at The Ostrich. Go head-to-head with other trivia teams as you test your knowledge of the hot headlines in Chandler’s history. Cocktail in one hand and a pencil in the other, we will help you forget its sweltering outside with plenty of fun. Did we mention there are prizes? Oh, and a raffle! Compete with a trivia team of four or six. Reserve your spot today, call 480-917-4903 or through eventbrite

The East Valley's Baseball Past - Tuesday, June 13, 7 - 9 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4955 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler

We had a great time at our inaugural trivia night at Alamo! Congratulations to the team that won with their mad knowledge about Valley baseball! We look forward to seeing everyone at the next Trivia Night. 

The Streets of Chandler - Tuesday, May 30, 7 - 9 p.m., The Ostrich (basement of Crust), 10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler

Thank you to everyone who came to trivia night! It was a great time and a wonderful way to extend the long holiday weekend.
Congratulations to Vice Mayor Hartke and his colleagues on TEAM HEATHER!

Check out photos from two of last year's events: 

September 20, 2016
June 14, 2016

Local Voices* Arizona Stories 

Discover unique Chandler and Arizona stories of the past through first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations, music, and conversation. 

The Our Stories speaker series hosts speakers throughout the year to provide expert insight into the history of Chandler, the Valley and Arizona. Presentations in this series are presented by the Chandler Museum at Chandler Public Library, with support from Chandler Historical Society and the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, in an effort to bring arts, history and culture to Chandler residents and visitors. 

If you have questions or would like more information on Our Stories, call 480-782-2751. 

August 19 - And Tiko-Tu? The Midcentury Architecture of the Greater Phoenix's East Valley, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Downtown Library
Architect Mark Vinson and local historic preservationist Christine Weiss will present their latest book, identifying and celebrating all types of buildings, structures, places and spaces from the mid-twentieth century in the East Valley of greater Phoenix. In addition, they will place a particular emphasis on Chandler's architecture history from this intriguing and inspired era.

September 9First Stop and Last Stop: Car Culture of the east Valley's State Route 87

Go back to the heyday of car travels of the 1950s and 1960s. Explore the history of the hotels, service stations, and the neon signs associated with them where travelers made their last stop before heading south to Tucson or their first stop on their return to the Valley. 

Vic Linoff, East Valley historian and President of the Mesa Preservation Foundation, will discuss the motels and neon of Mesa's Main Street.  Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago will cover the stops along Arizona Avenue in Chandler when "Color Television" on a hotel sign made people hit their brakes and check-in.


NEW! Chandler Museum at the Library

Chandler Museum partners with Chandler Public Library to offer programming during CUSD intersession breaks. Experience the Museum and learn about the past at your local library. These programs are designed for youth, ages 6 - 11. These programs are free to attend. 

Life on a Cattle Drive

How do you read a cattle brand?  What was a cookie on a Chuck Wagon?  Join the Chandler Museum and explore life on the cattle drive.  Youth will try their hand at being a cowboy or cowgirl with hands-on roping, barbed wire, and branding activities. This free youth drop-by program is sure to make you say, "Yee-haw!" as you discover the history of the West.

Tuesday, October 3, 2-3:30pm, Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
Wednesday, October 4, 1-2:30pm, Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street
Thursday, October 5, 1 - 2:30 pm, Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue
Thursday, October 12, 4-5:30pm, Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road

NEW! Chandler Museum in the Community 
Chandler Museum does presentations and talks at locations throughout the Valley on a variety of topics, sharing the knowledge and insight we have gained from local history and parts of our collection. Hear new stories you didn't know took place in our community. 

New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning @ Mesa Community College 

Chandler Museum staff are presenting at New Frontiers for Lifelong Learning, an organization dedicated to adults wishing to continue their discovery of knowledge and advce their learning, located at Mesa Community College. Below are the programs staff will be presenting. Registration and additional information can be found at the link above. 

Chandler's Confidence Scheme: Selling a Green Garden in a Dry Desert - October 4 and October 11 (presented by Jody Crago) 

Session 1: Explore the technology and ingenuity of getting water to the south end of the Valley in the early 1900s. Learn how founder Dr. A.J. Chandler convinced people that the land in the East Valley was valuable once water was acquired. This session will expose Chandler's creative interpretation of water law and water rights as he convinced people to invest in the area. 

Session 2: Once Dr. Chandler got water to the East Valley, understand how people acquired land. Learn about the shady business deals as Dr. Chandler fraudulently acquired land when people couldn't pay their mortgages. Topics include the Desert Land Act of 1877, the Consolidated Canal Company, Land Sale Day in Chandler in 1912, and the Congressional investigation that followed. 

Visual Stories: Dorothea Lange's Depression Era Photography in Chandler, Arizona - September 28 (presented by Tiffani Egnor)

This lecture covers some of the history when Depression Era photographer Dorothea Lange visited Chandler three times in the later 1930s/early 1940s. She photographed people and places in and around chandler, including an auto camp, the Farm Security Administration Cooperative, a migrant family, and more. This talk will highlight her Chandler photographs and dive into the people and places that were her subjects. It will also cover the impact of the Great Depression on Chandler.

Chandler - Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 7, 2015Join us for the 8th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 10 - 11, 2017

 Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history at this family friendly culinary event. Using historic cooking methods, authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail. Wagon teams win prizes in various food categories, and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. Enjoy live music, Western history and cooking demonstrations, group tours and much more!.

More information on the 2017 event coming!


America in Times of Conflict
America in Times of Conflict

America in Times of Conflict is a collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. Running November 2016 through April 2017, its programs explore the stories and perspectives that from our local community during military conflicts in American history, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Many of the programs in this project are supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Below are a list of exhibits and programs in which Chandler Museum has a part: 

February 7 - Summer 2017 @ Chandler Museum - Un-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps. Approximately 15,000 individuals – women, men and children – were relocated to Gila River Internment Camp only a few miles away from Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy. Experience the photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave behind almost everything they owned to live in stark conditions in the middle of the desert.   

ARCHIVED: February 18 - Un-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard
On the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, Dr. Richard Matsuishi and Museum Director Jody Crago spoke about Japanese internment during World War II. Watch the videoSee the photos

Interested in learning more? Check out the custom-curated list of books on Internment and other topics in the series, compiled by librarians at Chandler Public Library. Just click on the image below. 

Also, keep an eye out for our traveling banner exhibit that honors Chandler veterans at all of the America in Times of Conflict programs. A full list of programs for the series can be found here

STEM SaturdayMuseum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability.  Join us one Saturday every month, October - May, 10am-1pm, Tumbleweed Ranch (located at Tumble

weed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road), Free*. 

Look for 2017 - 2018 dates to be announced in the late Summer!
Celebration Plaza

Located at Tumbleweed Park, Celebration Plaza honors service organizations and a select group of residents, living or deceased, for their civic leadership, public outreach, personal service and commitment to the community.  Each year, the public can nominate up to two individuals and/ or organizations to be permanently recognized. Nominations for Celebration Plaza have closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a person or organization worthy of recognition.

Read more about Celebration Plaza.

May 18 - International Museum Day - Check out our album!
Tell us why you love Museums and share it on social media - #MuseumDay2016
International Museum Day 2016

On May 9, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed May 18, 2016, as International Museum Day in Chandler. In the spirit of this proclamation, Chandler Museum is joining thousands of museums around the world to raise awareness of the important role museums serve in communities with cultural exchange, enrichment and development of mutual understanding.

International Museum Day - #MuseumDay2016On May 18, the Museum had its traveling exhibits on display in different locations –
Chandler City Hall, Downtown Chandler Public Library, outsideInternational Museum Day Selfie - #MuseumDay2016 Chandler Museum’s McCullough-Price House location and at Chandler Fashion Center. 

“The museums of today are more than places that collect artifacts and archive the history of a place or time,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator.  “Museums, like the Chandler Museum, are also places for protecting and enhancing their community’s story with discovery and conversation.”

Chandler Museum’s McCullough Price House, located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive (across from Chandler Fashion Center) and its exhibits are open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

Print out a “I Love Museums” sign for your selfie here. Tag us in your social media post.