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Feb. 17, 2017
Our Stories Speaker Series on March 4 gives insight into two Arizona musical legends
Linda RonstadtChandler’s Our Stories Speaker Series returns on Saturday, March 4, 2017, with a presentation that highlights the lives and careers of two legendary musical talents with Arizona roots. Arizona Songbirds: The life stories of Marty Robbins and Linda Ronstadt is a free presentation from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Basha Library, located at 5990 S. Val Vista Drive.
Historian, writer and photographer Steve Renzi will explore and reveal the lives and careers of the two music giants. Robbins and Ronstadt grew up in Arizona and put Arizona musical influences on our national cultural map. They were blessed with unforgettable singing voices and generated many hit songs during their long careers. Renzi will share how Robbins popularized Western music, and Ronstadt evolved from Rock and Roll to Big Band standards and Mexican-American styles.
“Both of these amazing Arizona talents brought something unique to their music genres,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum administrator. “Marty Robbins was an award winning artist for songs he wrote for himself and others, including Johnny Cash, and had an affinity for driving in NASCAR. Linda Ronstadt redefined popular music and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her influence.”
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 and Chandler Historical Society.
Additional Our Stories presentations this spring are scheduled for April 29, May 6 and June 17. For additional information, call 480-782-2751.
  • Our Stories Speaker Series
    ‚ÄčThe Our Stories speaker series hosts speakers throughout the year to provide expert insight into the history of Chandler, the Valley and Arizona. Presentations in this series are presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society, Chandler Public Library and the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division, bringing arts, history and culture to Chandler residents and visitors. Our Stories programs for spring 2017 are:
    • March 4 – Arizona Songbirds: The life stories of Marty Robbins and Linda Ronstadt
    • April 29 – Dr. Chandler and the Land Fraud that Built the Valley
    • May 6 – In Search of a Homeland: The story of a pioneer Chinese woman, Lai Ngan
    • June 17 – A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community
  • Chandler Museum
    The Chandler Museum is an innovative 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 their place in a rapidly changing world of today – within and without the walls of a building.
  • Chandler Public Library
    Serving residents of Chandler and the East Valley since 1954, Chandler Public Library has a commitment to being the reading, learning and cultural center of the community. As the information leaders, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. Chandler Public Library is part of the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Chandler Historical Society
    Chandler Historical Society is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, dedicated to preserving Chandler history since 1969. The organization helps focus public attention on the diverse history of Chandler and the far Southeast Valley through events and special programs. The organization is committed to supporting the Chandler Museum through financial and volunteer support.