History Bites Lunchtime Talks at Chandler Museum

Aug. 17, 2021
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Chandler, Ariz. - Take a break this fall for History Bites at Chandler Museum. Get a taste of Chandler history in a free, 30-minute talk led by Museum curators. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy during the presentation. This event marks the return of in-person adult programs at the Museum. Socially distanced seating will be in place.

History Bites will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Saguaro Room, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. The 30-minute talks are free to the public. Online registration is encouraged. Visit Chandler Museum and click on Programs.

Be sure to mark your calendar through November for these upcoming events:

Sept. 7 - John Quarty: Making the San Marcos Modern

John Quarty was hired as general manager of the San Marcos Hotel in 1943, and with his debonair style, quickly became the face of the San Marcos. Despite hard times resulting from the Great Depression, Quarty led the hotel to regain its former glitz and glamour. Hear the story of how John Quarty fostered an environment that drew Hollywood celebrities, powerful businessmen, and prominent politicians, making the hotel modern through the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Oct. 5 - Photography Technology Series, Part 1: Glass Plate Negatives

What are glass plate negatives? They seem bulky and fragile, but dry glass plate negatives started a photography revolution when they debuted in the 1870s. Previously, photographers were tied to studios or troublesome portable darkrooms. With this new technology they could capture images in any location, carefully pack the exposed glass plates, and develop them later.

Learn how this technology works and why the images it creates are so prized. Collections Coordinator Nate Meyers will feature glass plate negatives from the Chandler Museum artifact collection and reveal how curators and collectors preserve this fragile legacy.

After the program you can see images made from glass plate negatives in the exhibition “Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America,” on view at Chandler Museum through Oct. 17, 2021.

Nov. 2 - Idea and Reality: Defining the West Through Imagery

How do you picture the American West? Images of the West have enticed waves of homesteaders, adventure travelers, business barons and economic migrants. The people drawn by those images did not always find what they were expecting. They encountered a West that is both wide-open and controlled, productive and largely arid, essentially American and culturally complex. Explore the imagery of the West with Education Coordinator Tiffani Egnor and discover how it compares with the reality of our region.

Visit Chandler Museum and click on Programs for more information, or call the Chandler Museum at 480-782-2717.

About Chandler Museum:
Chandler Museum is an innovative learning 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 place in a rapidly changing world of today – within and without the walls of a building. The museum is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; closed on Monday. Admission is free.
More information is online at Chandler Museum or by calling 480-782-2717.

About City of Chandler:
Chandler, Ariz. has built a reputation as a
Community of Innovation. Life in Chandler goes beyond a thriving and dynamic business community with progressive entrepreneurship. Known for its rich diversity, the City offers an outstanding quality of life for all generations with great schools and recreational opportunities. Chandler has grown to become the state's fourth largest City with a population of more than 268,000. Chandler has been named one of the nation's Best Places to Find a Job and Best Cities for Women in Tech. The City also is one of the safest communities in the nation and boasts AAA bond ratings from all three national rating agencies, one of only 40 communities to achieve this distinction. For more information, visit the City website, or connect with the City on social media.

Media contacts:
Toni Smith
City of Chandler, Communications Manager


Jennifer Sweeney
Chandler Museum, Adult Programs Coordinator