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Museum programming expands this summer

Museum programming expands this summer
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By the City of Chandler

With a contemporary facility, Chandler Museum staff can now expand summer programs for all ages.

Tiffani Egnor believes that her professional purpose is to help make history meaningful to others.

“By understanding what people have done in the past, it enriches our lives in the present,” she said.

That philosophy and all the work she does to make it a reality are why Egnor is a valuable member of the team at the new Chandler Museum, where she has served as the curator of education since 2012.

Egnor came to the City of Chandler from Fort Collins, Colo., where she worked at the Museum of Discovery.

The promise that Chandler would someday be building a new museum was one of the selling points for moving to the Valley.

As she waited for “someday” to arrive, Egnor went about developing new programs and conducting them at multiple City facilities, such as libraries, Tumbleweed Ranch and the McCullough-Price House, which served for several years as a temporary Chandler Museum.

Eventually, “someday” did come.

The process took much longer than anticipated, but Egnor and other Museum staff members were finally rewarded for their years of perseverance with the opening of the new Chandler Museum in December 2018.

“It is such a beautiful facility, and we have great exhibits that change regularly,” Egnor said. “But the Museum offers much more than that, with free classes and programs for all ages.”

Having additional classroom space in a climate-controlled facility enables Egnor to expand classes and special events into the hotter summer months.

For example, this is the first summer that the Museum is offering early childhood activities on the third Tuesday of every month with C-Town Suitcase Club, family programs every Saturday, History Bites Lunchtime Talks the first Tuesday of every month and a series of workshops in August for adults who want to research their genealogy.

“The Museum is now a cool destination for people who want to be active, and have fun, but also stay out of the heat,” Egnor said. “We are offering more programs this summer because we are now a true year-round amenity for the community.”

Egnor added, “Chandler Museum is one of the few places in the East Valley where you can explore history, culture and art and relate it to our modern world, to who we are as a community.

“We invite everyone to visit us this summer and discover what makes our new museum such an interesting place to explore.”

Summer programs at the Chandler Museum are free and no registration is required. Chandler Museum is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, southwest of Chandler Fashion Center.

• June 1 – Saturday Family Programs – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – History Detectives: Aerial Photographs of Chandler

• June 4 – History Bites Lunchtime Talks – Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Aviators and the Archaeologists: The Lindberghs’ 1929 Aerial Survey of Southwest Prehistoric Sites

•June 8 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – STEM Saturday: Ecology

• June 18 – C-Town Suitcase Club – Ages 3-5 – 10-11 a.m. – Trains

• June 22 – Saturday Family Programs – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Step in Their Shoes: Life in the 1940s

• June 29 – Our Stories Speaker Series –10:30 a.m. to Noon – Bigger than Boxing: Muhammad Ali vs. Zora Folley

• July 2 – History Bites Lunchtime Talks –Noon to 12:30 p.m. – July 1942: Building Gila River Internment Camp

• July 6 – Saturday Family Programs – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – History Detectives: Pair It Together

• July 13 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – STEM Saturday:
Power of the Sun

• July 16 – C-Town Suitcase Club – Ages 3-5 – 10-11 a.m. – Veins

• July 20 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Demonstration Day: Quilting with the Nimble Thimbles

• July 27 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Step in Their Shoes: Chandler Veterans

• Aug. 3 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – History Detectives: Whose Point of View is It?

• Aug. 6 – History Bites Lunchtime Talks –Noon-12:30 p.m. – From the Collection: Stories Told through Artifacts

• Aug. 8 – Heritage and History: Finding Your Roots! – 7-8 p.m. – What is Family History and Why Do It?

• Aug. 10 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – STEM Saturday: Weather

• Aug. 15 – Heritage and History: Finding Your Roots! – 7-8 p.m. – Creating Your Family Tree

• Aug. 17 – Saturday Family Programs – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Demonstration Day: Pickling Summer’s Bounty with Mary Humecke

• Aug. 20 – C-Town Suitcase Club – Ages 3-5 – 10-11 a.m. – Rains

• Aug. 22 – Heritage and History: Finding Your Roots! – 7-8 p.m. – Resources, Tools, and Strategies

• Aug. 24 – Saturday Family Programs –
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Step in Their Shoes: On the Farm

• Aug. 29 – Heritage and History: Finding Your Roots! – 7-8 p.m. – Overcoming Research Stumbling Blocks

• Aug. 31 – Our Stories Speaker Series –10:30 a.m. to Noon – From Dirt to Dollars: Big Agriculture in Chandler

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