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June 6, 2017

Our Stories guest speaker shares the history of his people – the O’odham
Billy Allen, Gila River Indian CommunityChandler’s Our Stories Speaker Series returns on Saturday, June 17, 2017, with a presentation about our southern neighbors, the O’odham people. “A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community,” will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hamilton Library, located at 3700 S. Arizona Ave.
Billy Allen, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, will use slides, tribal and personal recollections to tell the story of how the O’odham people have endured as the world around them changed.
“Billy was born and raised in the community of Casa Blanca on the Gila River Indian Reservation,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator. “I think attendees will be intrigued with the personal stories and insights he will share at this unique talk.”
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.
The next scheduled program in the Our Stories Series will be on Aug. 19 and is titled, “And Tiko-Tu? The Midcentury Architecture of the Greater Phoenix’s East Valley.” For additional information on the Our Stories Series, 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.