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Dec. 12, 2017
Our Stories: History Found in the Land
Museum speaker series examines historical art, structures and farming in this area that predate the founding of Chandler
Ancient ruins and petroglyphs left by the Native American peoples that previously occupied this land and more recent agricultural discoveries by Dr. A.J. Chandler and others are the subjects of three upcoming Our Stories Speaker Series events. “History Found in the Land” is the theme for three free presentations on Jan. 13, Feb. 17 and March 3, 2018 at three Chandler Library locations. The Our Stories Speaker Series is presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library and Friends of the Chandler Public Library,

“So much of Arizona’s history comes from the land,” says Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago. “Our three winter season talks will give a better understanding about our connection to the land from three very different periods of local history.”

Dr. A.J. Chandler (right) and renowned plant explorer David Fairchild examine one of Dr. Chandler's cotton fields in 1899. On Saturday, Jan. 13, a representative of the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, a local archaeology site and museum, will share the history of people leaving their mark on rocks around the Valley over thousands of years. “Petroglyphs: Ancient Art and Stories in the Rocks” from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street.

“The Seeds that Grew Chandler and the East Valley” at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, explores how the City of Chandler’s roots grew from the seeds of the Michigan-based Ferry Seed Company’s quest to cultivate drought-resistant alfalfa in Arizona. In 1887, Dr. Alexander John (A.J.) Chandler arrived in Arizona with the purpose of acquiring land for the company to grow these seeds. This presentation by the Chandler Museum’s Curator of Collections, Nate Meyer, will be held in conjunction with the Sunset Library’s annual Spring Seed Swap.

The history of the “Casa Grande Ruins and Tonto National Monument” is the featured topic for the Our Stories talk at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive. A presenter from the National Park Service will share the stories of the Salado and Hohokam Indians in Arizona during the 14th century, as told in the structures and preserved sites of these two monuments.

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