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May 1, 2012
Todd Weber as Joyn Wesley PowellDowntown Chandler Library hosts living history presentation on May 19

The public is invited to a free living history performance celebrating Arizona’s centennial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Chandler’s Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street. 

The History Alive! presentation features Todd Weber performing as the great explorer John Wesley Powell, who helmed the first known passage through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River in 1869. Weber’s first person presentation will show Powell writing a letter to his wife, Emma, the night before embarking on his journey of exploration into the "Great Unknown." It is an insightful and entertaining glimpse into Powell’s state of mind as he prepared to face the perils and the mysteries of the Grand Canyon.

The performance is ideal for young students, teenagers and adults who are interested in learning about Arizona’s pre-statehood history. A question and answer session with Weber, as Powell, will follow the presentation. This History Alive! event is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. 

For more information, please contact the Chandler Public Library at 480-782-2800 or visit