Chandler Museum Events

Tumbleweed Ranch Time Travelers (Youth)

See the 100-year-old McCroskey House, the Grocery Store, and historic farm equipment as you dive into historical activities at Tumbleweed Ranch. Plant a seed, make a mini scarecrow, test your speed on the sack race course, feel some cotton bolls straight off the plant, and more. Each month, includes four new hands-on activities set up throughout the Ranch. Programs in this series promote developmental skills, let youth explore historical methods and tools, and include a take-home item. Appropriate for early childhood participants and homeschool families.

November 13: Harvest
December 11: Play Time
All events 10-11 a.m.

Free to attend


Our Stories LogoLocal Voices* Arizona Stories (Adults)

A monthly series featuring unique Arizona and local history topics and conversation presented by the Chandler Museum and the Chandler Public Library, with support from the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Historical Society. If you have questions or would like more information on Our Stories, call 480-782-2751. 



Life on the Lazy B as Lived by an American Cowboy and Rancher

Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street

Hear stories of the cowboying life in Arizona and more with award-winning author Alan Day. He shares his experiences of growing up with his sister Sandra Day O’Connor on the Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of southern Arizona and New Mexico. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Alan returned to manage Lazy B for the next 40 years, during which time he received awards for his dedication to land stewardship. 

NFL Star to Army Ranger- A Closer Look at the Life of Pat Tillman

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street

An ASU student and star athlete, in the late 90s Pat Tillman joined the Arizona Cardinals football team. Four years later Tillman put aside a lucrative NFL career to enlist in the U.S. Army with his younger brother. They joined the 75th Ranger Regiment and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he lost his life. Hear more about his personal story and his legacy of service from individuals who knew him or were inspired by his commitment. 

Voices from the Korean War- Prisoners and The Missing 

Saturday, December 1, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road

Sixty-eight years after his capture on the battlefield by the North Korean Army, former prisoner of war and Arizona native Arden Rowley reveals his dramatic story. He survived in North Korean camps as a POW until he was freed in 1953. Joining him is Dr. Yuri McKee, a local surgeon, who will draw on his insights as the 2004 medical director for the 35th U.S. Joint Recovery Operation, as he explores the history of recovering American MIA servicemen from Korea. 

Frank Lloyd Wright and a New Vision for Chandler

Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive 

American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright spent time in Chandler from the late 1920s through the mid-1930s working on various projects in and around Chandler.  While most of these projects never came to fruition, his vision for Chandler and the surrounding area was inspired by the desert and its unique landscape.  This talk will cover various Wright projects in Chandler, including the San Marcos on the Desert and Broadacre City, and incorporate the correspondence between Dr. AJ Chandler and Wright which sheds light on their decision process and the missed opportunities.



Chandler Museum in the Community (Adults)

Chandler Museum does presentations and talks at locations throughout the Valley on a variety of topics, sharing the knowledge and insight we have gained from local history and parts of our collection. Hear new stories you didn't know took place in our community.

Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy

Hear a thought-provoking talk from Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago about how Japanese immigrants came to America and why, as well as what led up to the Japanese Internment Camps of World War II. Go behind the barbed wire fences to understand the experiences of neighbors and friends who suddenly looked like the enemy to many Americans because of the war.


Museum of Science and Sustainability logoSTEM Saturday (Youth)

Enjoy science experiments with the whole family. Programming done in partnership with the Museum of Science and Sustainability. Join us again in January 2019 in the new museum.




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. Nominations for Celebration Plaza have closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a person or organization worthy of recognition.

Learn more about Celebration Plaza



Chuckwagon Cook Off LogoAnnual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off 
November 10, 2018

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.