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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events

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. 

Land Fraud and Dr. ChandlerDr. Chandler and the Land Fraud that Built the Valley
July 11 @The Village at Ocotillo

Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago will talk about how the land that eventually became the Town of Chandler was acquired. This presentation highlights some of the Valley's most notorious land deals and the role Chandler's founder planed in some of those transactions. 

"Dr. A.J. Chandler was always looking for his next great business opportunity and he facilitated many business deals,"     Crago says. "The hard truth is that some of those deals pushed ethical boundaries, including selling land then   reacquiring it when people couldn't pay their mortgages." 

NEW! Tumbleweed Ranch Time Travelers

Dive into historical activities at Tumbleweed Ranch each month.  See the 100 year old McCroskey House, the Grocery Store, and historic farm equipment as you plant a seed and 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 Tumbleweed Ranch.  Each program will 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! Themes for each date will be coming soon. 
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. 

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, Chandler Historical Society, Chandler Public Library and the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, in an effort to bring arts, history and culture to Chandler residents and visitors. 

Presented by the Chandler Museum and Chandler Library, with support from the Chandler Historical Society and Chandler Friends of the Library.  

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

June 17 - 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 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.

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. 

Build It!: Frank Lloyd Wright in Chandler
Ever wonder what it would be like to be an architect? Dive into Frank Lloyd Wright inspired activities with the Chandler Museum.   From city planning to sketching to structure building, explore various aspects of architecture.  Learn about Wright’s time in Chandler through a banner exhibit that includes his designs for buildings in the area.  

Hamilton Library - Saturday, June 3, 9-11am (part of Summer Reading Program Kickoff event)
Sunset Library- Monday, June 12, 2-3:30pm
Downtown Library - Wednesday, June 21, 2-3:30pm
Basha Library - Friday, June 23, 10 - 11:30 am 

Play Time! Historic Games & Toys
What toys and games did kids play with in the past? Do we still play with the same toys and games that kids used a hundred years ago? Fifty years ago?  Dive into the Chandler Museum’s historic game and toy trunk to explore new ways to have fun and see what games you recognize!   Try your hand at Etch-a-Sketch, Tinker Toys, Mr. Potato Head, Wooly Willy, and more.  Make a toy to take home and challenge yourself with cup and ball.  

Sunset Library- Monday, July 10, 2-3:30pm
Hamilton Library- Thursday, July 13, 1-2:30pm
Basha Library- Friday, July 14, 2-3:30pm
Downtown Library- Wednesday, July 19, 2-3:30pm

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. Submit nominations through June 30, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who attended the induction ceremony in January to honor Former Mayor Kenny Thomas, Chandler Police Officer James Snedigar, and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce! 

Read more about Celebration Plaza.

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