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Upcoming Museum Programs and Events

Chandler Museum and The Ostrich present Trivia Night with Hipstorian Marshall Shore

Trivia Night with Marshall Shore, June 14, 2016Join us Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m., for the second in a series of trivia nights coordinated by the Museum and The Ostrich, attendees will enjoy one of the best cocktails in the Valley and delicious bites as they test their knowledge and learn more about the sordid stories of criminals, arson and kidnappings that have been part of Chandler’s history.

“We are proud to continue this unique trivia night with Marshall Shore ,” says Jody Crago, Museum Administrator at Chandler Museum. “It is sophisticated fun mixed with friendly competition, with local stories and photos from the Museum’s archive taking center stage.”

“Our first event was a packed house and people couldn’t stop talking about how much they loved it,” says Mike Merendino, owner of The Ostrich and upstairs restaurant Crust. “This second evening promises to be just as entertaining. Come and find out if Al Capone really did stay at the San Marcos.”

The Ostrich is located in the basement of Crust, near the San Marcos, at 10 N. San Marcos Place, in Chandler. In addition to cocktails created by celebrated mixologist Brandon Casey, some of the savory bites that have made Crust a foodie destination will also be on the menu.

Reservations are required for teams of four to six to take part in the fun. Make reservations online or call 480.917.4903 for more information. 

*Note: This event will be community-style seating.

Chandler Historical Society Luncheon 2016

Come help the Chandler Historical Society celebrate the defining milestones from Chandler's past, while exploring what is on the horizon with keynote speaker Dr. Craig Barrett, retired Intel CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Chandler is a city that is evolving and growing at an amazing pace. Once an agricultural center for cotton, sugar beets and dairies, Chandler is now the Southwest’s Silicon Valley for high tech giants and startups. The City’s roots are firmly planted in rich soil, but also in the layers that make up computer chips.
The perseverance of pioneering families and the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. A.J. Chandler live on today in a community that is at the forefront of industry and filled with rich and diverse cultures.
Proceeds from the luncheon will support history education, programs and exhibits at the Chandler Museum.  
Space is limited. RSVP today at or 480.201.5884

Local Voices * Arizona Stories 

Discover unique Chandler and Arizona stories of the past through first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations, music, and conversation. 

Presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and Chandler Library.  480-782-2751.

Pens and Paintbrushes: The Legacy of Early Arizona Women in the Arts
Featuring Jan Cleere, Award-winning lecturer and author

Our Stories - The Legacy of Early Women Artists (Nampeyo, 1935)Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road

Explore the lives of six artists whose talents personify the beauty of the early western frontier: Hopi potter Nampeyo, writer Sharlot Hall, author Martha Summerhayes, artist Kate Cory, architect Mary Colter and folk singer Katie Lee. *This program is supported by the Arizona Humanities Council. 


Our Stories - Frank Lloyd Wright and Vision for Chandler


Frank Lloyd Wright and a New Vision for Chandler
Featuring Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator

Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright spent time in Chandler from the late 1920s to the mid-1930s working on various projects in and around Chandler. Learn about Wright's vision for Chandler by exploring his correspondence with Dr. A.J. Chandler regarding these projects, including the little-known San Marcos on the Desert and Broadacre City. 



Chandler Museum's C-Town Suitcase Club

C-Town Suitcase Club

Travel through time and explore everyday objects.  Designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.
Third Tuesday of the month, September-May.  10-11a.m., Chandler Museum, Free.

April 19, 2016    Spools
Come to C-town Suitcase Club to learn about thread, thimbles, darning tools, and spools. See how cotton thread is made, practice the art of sewing and make a toy from a wooden thread spool. It is going to be SEW much fun!

May 17, 2016   Schools
Roll call! Travel back in time with the C-Town Suitcase Club and experience what it was like to go to school a long time ago. Ring the bell to start class, hear a poem from a McGuffey reader, and laugh at the rules of days gone by. 

Science Saturday

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability.  Join u s on the second Saturday of the month, October - May (excluding November and March),10am-1pm, Tumbleweed Ranch (located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road), Free*. 

Mark your calendar for the following dates and check Back for more information.

Museum of Science and Sustainability - Chandler Museum

April 9, 2016  Geology: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Come explore the Science of Geology through hands-on activities with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch.  You'll have the chance to learn about, then try to identify different rock types, make your own sand painting, and create a small avalanche. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum.

May 14, 2016  The Power of the Sun

Come explore the Power of the Sun through hands-on activities with the Museum of Science and Sustainability at Tumbleweed Ranch.  You'll have the chance to experiment with solar photographs, make your own solar oven, and see photosynthesis in action. The program is free.  Drop by anytime between 10am-1pm. Hosted by the Chandler Museum.     

Chandler Museum at the Public Libraries

These special youth programs are appropriate for ages 6 - 11 and are done in conjunction with the library during school intersession breaks. 

Ready, Set, Go! Chandler’s Sports History

The history of Chandler and athletics are intertwined.  Chandler is the home of Arizona’s first grass golf course and home to professional athletes including world champions and Olympians. Join the Chandler Museum for Ready, Set, Go! Chandler’s Sports History, a free, drop-by program for families. Participants will design a golf course, create their own team pennant, and learn about hometown boxing hero Zora Folley.  

Friday, June 10, 10-11:30am, Basha Library
Monday, June 13, 3-4:30pm, Sunset Library
Wednesday, June 15, 2-3:30pm, Downtown Library
Thursday, June 23, 1-2:30pm, Hamilton Library

Explore your Roots: Genealogy for Kids

The Chandler Museum will provide tools for youth to learn about their family history and record their genealogy during Explore your Roots: Genealogy for Kids, a free, drop-by program for families.  Participants will complete various activities and take home a journal to record family memories.  Attendees may bring a family photograph or family story with them to add to their journal. Additionally, The Chandler Family banner exhibit will be on display.

Friday, July 8, 10-11:30am, Basha Library
Monday, July 11, 3-4:30pm, Sunset Library
Wednesday, July 13, 2-3:30, Downtown Library
Thursday, July 21, 11am-12:30pm, Hamilton Library

Chandler - Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 7, 2015Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, November 11 - 12, 2016

 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 this year's event...with details being updated regularly


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 February 1- April 30.

Officer David Payne and the Chandler Kiwanis Club were honored at Celebration Plaza on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9 a.m.