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Dec. 13, 2016

America in Times of Conflict
Wartime history and culture programs offered by Chandler Public Library and partners in January
America in Times of Conflict logoThe Chandler Public Library series, America in Times of Conflict, continues with programs in January 2017 featuring speakers and a film, along with a museum exhibit exploring our country’s history and culture during wartime. This collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances is made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. The programs feature many local stories that bring this history close to home. America in Times of Conflict programs for January 2017 include:
  • Art of the Internment Camp: Culture Behind Barbed Wire
Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road
In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt's WWII executive order 9066 forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese American citizens from the west coast to 10 remote camps in seven western states. Government photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented this experience. Artists including Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, and Isamu Noguchi made powerful records of camp life. Professor Betsy Fahlman of Arizona State University will present on the lasting legacy of these artists who experienced the camps first hand. 
  • Remembering the Korean War
Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.
Between 1950 and 1953, over 5 million Americans served in the Korean War, often called the “Forgotten War.” Local veterans will share their stories, including Mesa-native Arden Rowley, who was held captive in North Korea for nearly three years. Also joining the panel are Marine Corps veterans Lew Bradley, who served as crew chief in Air Sea Rescue, and Ralph Gastelum, who survived the brutal Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. This program will be moderated by local Korean American writer and historian Susan Kee, and includes a question and answer period. 
  • Nozomi Park History Kiosk Dedication
Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m.
Nozomi Park, 250 S. Kyrene Road
The interpretive signage in this permanent exhibit tells the history of the Gila River War Relocation Center, an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. The panels also highlight the importance of baseball to the Japanese Americans in the camps, which gave them a sense of pride, hope and normalcy during their incarceration. Presented in collaboration with the Arizona Japanese American Citizens League.
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
Monday, Jan. 23, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St.
In this 1951 classic, an alien visits Earth to bring a warning about the dangers of atomic power. Following the showing of the movie, Dr. Michael Rubinoff from the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture will lead a discussion about America’s anxieties during the Cold War era, when “the bomb” was on everyone’s mind. 
  • The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil at Tule Lake
Ongoing exhibit through Saturday, Jan. 28
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive
This exhibit looks at the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, CA. Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe we glimpse into the lives of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty. 

America in Times of Conflict is made possible through a grant from the Arizona State Library to the Chandler Public Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library services.
For more information on these and other programs, call 480-782-2800 or visit

About 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 emerged in our community during 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.
About Chandler Public Library
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