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Aug. 2, 2017
Our Stories Speaker Series is hip to mid-century chic
August and September programs feature stories from Architect Mark Vinson and East Valley Historian Vic Linoff.
The Diving Lady neon sign from ...Chandler’s Our Stories Speaker Series continues Aug. 19, and Sept. 9, 2017, with two talks celebrating a unique era in Chandler and the East Valley. “These two talks will have you take a step back into time and into the world of mid-century architecture and urban planning,” says Jody Crago, Chandler museum administrator. “This is always a fun era to explore. And, attendees will get to see how the period was taking hold in the Phoenix area and the culture of the East Valley’s State Route 87.”
From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 19, the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., hosts “And Tiko-Tu? The Midcentury Architecture of the Greater Phoenix’s East Valley.” Architect Mark Vinson and local historic preservationist Christine Weiss will present their latest book, which identifies and celebrates all types of buildings, structures, places and spaces from the mid-twentieth century in the East Valley of Greater Phoenix. This presentation includes a special emphasis on Chandler's architectural history from this intriguing and inspired era.
The series moves to Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, on Sept. 9, for “First Stop and Last Stop: Car Culture of the East Valley's State Route 87,” also from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This presentation will take you back to the heyday of car travel in the 1950s and 1960s. Explore the history of the hotels, service stations and neon signs associated with them where travelers made their last stop before heading south to Tucson or their first stop on their return to the Valley. 
Vic Linoff, East Valley historian and president of the Mesa Preservation Foundation, will discuss the motels and neon of Mesa's Main Street.  Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago will cover the stops along Arizona Avenue in Chandler when "Color Television" on a hotel sign made people hit their brakes and check in.
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. For additional information, call 480-782-2751, or visit