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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events

America in Times of ConflictAmerica 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.   

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 talk about Japanese internment during World War II. Watch the video. See 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



Local Voices* Arizona Stories 

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

                                                              Presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and Chandler Library.  480-782-2751.

One aspect of our shared history is music—each of us remembers times in our lives through music heard on the radio, on the stage, or even around a campfire. 

March 4 - Arizona Songbirds: The life stories of Marty Robbins and Linda Ronstadt, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Basha Library

These two Arizonans were blessed with beautiful and unforgettable singing voices and had more hits than the Arizona Diamondbacks. Songs like El Paso, Big Iron, Yellow Roses for Robbins and Different Drum, Blue Bayou and Skylark for Ronstadt. Marty was a little bit country and Linda was a little bit rock and roll. Both of them grew up in Arizona and put Arizona musical influences on our national cultural map. Robbins was an early lover of NASCAR and helped to solidify and popularize Western music. Ronstadt was an early female rocker who helped bring back the Big Band standards.  This presentation will explore and reveal the lives and careers of these two popular music giants. Speaker – Steve Renzi    

April 29 - Dr. Chandler and the Land Fraud that Built the Valley, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Sunset Library 

Explore Chandler’s early history to understand how people acquired land.  Chandler Museum Administrator, Jody Crago, will set the stage with the need to get water to the area and explain the canal system from Mesa to the south Valley.  Next, learn how Dr. AJ Chandler facilitated business deals as he sold land and reacquired it when people could not pay their mortgage. 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. 

May 6 - In Search of a Homeland: The story of a Pioneer Chinese Woman, Lai Ngan, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Downtown Library

Historian Li Yang shares the story of a remarkable immigrant woman and her successful struggle to survive in the American Southwest at the turn of the 20th Century. Lai Ngan was smuggled into America at a tender age in the 1870s and sold into bondage.  While still a teenager, she was married off to a Chinese man who was 35 years her senior. She first journeyed from San Francisco to Sonora, Mexico, at the height of anti-Chinese sentiment in the U.S. Later, the family journeyed back to the U.S. on the eve of Mexican Revolution when anti-Chinese feelings there were brewing. They finally settled down in Tucson, Arizona, where the family prospered. Discover the story of a remarkable immigrant woman and her successful struggle to survive in the American Southwest at the turn of the 20th Century.

June 16 - A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. @ Chandler Hamilton Library

Billy Allen, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, will share how his O’odham people have endured as the world around them changed. Using slides, along with tribal and personal recollections, he will introduce you to our southern next-door neighbors, the Gila River Indian Community. Billy Allen was born and raised in the community of Casa Blanca on the Gila River Indian Reservation. He currently lives in Casa Grande after completing a 33-year teaching career. 

August 19 - And Tiko-Tu? The Midcentury Architecture of Great Phoenix's East Valley

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.

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. 

Make It Like they Used To

In the past, people made a lot of things at home that we simply buy at the store. Explore the past and learn how to dip your own candles, churn your own butter, and make a toy to take home. This is a drop-by program hosted at each of the four Chandler Library locations.

Thursday, March 9, 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Sunset Library
Thursday, March 16, 1 - 2:30 p.m. - Hamilton Library
Monday, March 20, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Downtown Library
Friday, March 24, 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Basha Library


Chandler Museum's C-Town Suitcase Club

C-Town Suitcase Club

Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.
Third Tuesday of the month, September-May.  10-11a.m., Chandler Museum, Free.

March 21 - Tinkers
Discover what kids did for fun before there were battery operated toys and games.  Tinker with a variety of toys including Lincoln Logs, whirligigs, Tinker Toys, a Jacob’s Ladder, wooden tops, and more.  Find out how to use common objects to make your own toy to take home. 

April 18 - Blinkers
It’s all about eyes! What does a pair of old spectacles look like? How about a stereoscope? Use some looking tools to discover new ways to see things.

May 16 - Stinkers
Use your nose to discover new scents.  Discover how much we depend on our nose to determine the flavor of foods we eat.  Who "nose" what kind of fun we will have?

STEM Saturday

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 Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road), Free*. Museum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum


April 8 - Electricity: May the spark be with you

Experience electricity with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch. See how science progressed from static to circuits, and make some sparks of your own! Harness the humble electron to create light, magnets, and motors. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum. 


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!


Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore

Trivia Night with Marshall Shore, June 14, 2016Thank you to everyone who came to the final Trivia Night for 2016! We had a great time sharing the holiday spirit with everyone.

We are planning more Trivia Nights; please keep an eye out for information on upcoming Trivia Nights in 2017!

We hope you had as much fun as we did.

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

September 20, 2016
June 14, 2016


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.”