March 21, 2017
Chandler land deals, the struggles of a Chinese immigrant and the history of the Gila River Indian Community are topics of upcoming Our Stories Speaker Series
Chandler's Our Stories Speaker Series returns on Saturday, April 29, 2017, with a presentation that highlights some of the Valley's most notorious land deals and the role Chandler's founder played in some of those transactions. "Dr. Chandler and the Land Fraud that Built the Valley," will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Sunset Library, located at 4930 W. Ray Road.
Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago will talk about how the land that eventually became the Town of Chandler was acquired. "Dr. A.J. Chandler was always looking for his next great business opportunity and he facilitated many business deals," Crago said. "The hard truth is that some of those deals pushed ethical boundaries, including selling land and then reacquiring it when people couldn't pay their mortgages."
Our Stories is an ongoing series of Chandler and Arizona history presentations by guest speakers sharing stories and first-person accounts that are enhanced with multimedia presentations, demonstrations and music. The series is free, open to the public and presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library, Chandler Historical Society and Friends of the Chandler Public Library.
On Saturday, May 6, the Downtown Library presents "In Search of a Homeland, the Story of a Pioneer Chinese Woman, Lai Ngan." This program features Historian Li Yang sharing the story of an immigrant woman and her successful struggle to survive in the American Southwest at the turn of the 20th century. The Downtown Library is at 22 S. Delaware St., and the program is from 10:30 a.m. to noon and presented in partnership with Arizona Humanities.
"A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community," is the featured presentation on Saturday, June 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Guest speaker Billy Allen, a member of the Gila River Indian community, will share how the O'odham people have endured as the world around them has changed. This program also is in partnership with Arizona Humanities.
For more information, call 480-782-2751.