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Jan. 11, 2016
Our Stories Speaker Series hits the sidewalk with Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Chandler
Chandler’s Our Stories guest speaker series returns in February with an interactive outdoor event that will explore the history of many of the buildings surrounding the downtown square, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Walking Tour: Diversions in Downtown Chandler, will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, and pre-registration is not required. The Our Stories series is presented throughout the year by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library, and Chandler Historical Society.
Walking tour participants will meet in the courtyard of the San Marcos Resort, located at 1 N. San Marcos Place (west side of Arizona Ave., south of Chandler Blvd.). They will then follow a member of the Chandler Museum staff on a leisurely stroll around Downtown Chandler, exploring the city’s entertainment past. Stories archived from over 100 years will bring alive the pool halls, parades and movie theatres that would draw people to Chandler. It is important to note that this is a walking tour that will last more than one hour. There will be no seating along the tour route.
“This will be a unique way to learn about Chandler’s history,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator. “This Our Stories will take attendees in front of the buildings and on the walkways where the stories being shared took place. I guarantee that anyone who comes will never view Downtown Chandler in the same way.”
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  • Our Stories Speaker Series
    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 City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division, bringing arts, history and culture to Chandler residents and visitors.
  • Chandler Museum
    The Chandler Museum is an innovative environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community’s principal resource to explore its people’s history, culture, and their place in a rapidly changing world of today – within and without the walls of a building.
  • Chandler Public Library
    Serving residents of Chandler and the East Valley since 1954, Chandler Public Library has a commitment to being the reading, learning and cultural center of the community. As the information leaders, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. Chandler Public Library is part of the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Chandler Historical Society
    Chandler Historical Society is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, dedicated to preserving Chandler history since 1969. The organization helps focus public attention on the diverse history of Chandler and the far Southeast Valley through events and special programs. The organization is committed to supporting the Chandler Museum through financial and volunteer support.