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May 4, 2012

Chandler Centennial Speaker Series continues on May 26 & May 29

World War II veteran Corley HaggartonThe Chandler Centennial Speaker Series continues this month with history presentations on May 26, and May 29, 2012. 

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, the series moves to the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. “A Chandler Tradition: The Dobson Sheep Trail Story” will feature Dwayne Dobson, whose family has been in the Chandler area for 100 years and ran a sheep ranching operation for more than 70 years. Joining him will be Cindy Shanks, children’s book author, who has photographed and written stories about the animals that annually traveled the old sheep trails. Shanks will talk about her experience photographing the animals on the sheep trail, and her book writing process. She will have copies of her children’s books available to purchase. 

The Centennial Speaker Series concludes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, with “Our Boys, Our Soldiers: Chandler Men in the Military” at the Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Avenue. Many Chandler residents have served their country in the military in the past 100 years. This special program will feature the story of two young men who entered the U.S. Navy at very different times in American history, and their experiences overseas and at home. The program features World War II veteran Corley Haggarton, who served in the Pacific front, and Navy Reserve member Mark Sepulveda, who served in the Afghanistan War and currently is a Chandler firefighter. 

For more information on the Centennial Speaker Series, contact Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or visit