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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
Opening Day 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.
  • Our Stories Speaker Series
    The 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.
  • 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. More at
  • 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. 

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