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Museum offers free genealogical programs

August 7th, 2019 development
Museum offers free genealogical programs

Santan Sun News Staff

People interested in learning about their family roots may want to plan on visiting the Chandler Museum every Thursday this month for free genealogical workshops.

The family history workshop series will be 7-8 p.m. every Thursday in August starting Aug. 8 and will feature Arizona State University faculty member Denise Ann Bodman from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics.

The schedule of workshops is:

Aug. 8:  What is family history and why do it?  This session will cover the basics of the craft and the importance of finding your roots as shown through some inspirational stories.

Aug. 15: Creating your family tree. This session will give you the tools to track    and record your family history.

Aug. 22: This session will provide an overview of the many research techniques available to genealogists.

Aug. 29:  Learn some research techniques that will help you find new resources.

“We’re excited to partner with ASU Professor Denise Ann Bodman to offer this series.  Her expertise and insights on the subject will assist attendees in their family history efforts,” said Tiffani Egnor, Chandler Museum’s curator of education.  

“We’re also looking forward to sharing some of the ways the archives at the Chandler Museum can help researchers with local genealogy ties,” she added.

The workshops will take place in the Saguaro Room at the Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. For additional information on this program call 480-782-2717, or visit


Other programs slated

A variety of other free programs will be offered this month at the museum.

Here’s a list:

History Bites Lunchtime Talks:  Get a Taste of Chandler history during 30-minute talks led by museum curators. Bring your lunch as you listen. Noon-2:30 pm. Aug. 6. The subject will be “From the Collection:  Stories told through Artifacts.”

C-Town Suitcase Club: This program for ages 3-5 and their caregivers, explores everyday objects from the past and how they compare to today with musical, hands-on and theme-based activities.  10-11 a.m. Aug. 20. Theme is “Rains,” Part 3 of Trains, Veins and Rains)

STEM Saturday: This program for ages 5-12 partners with the Museum of Science and Sustainability for investigations into science topics.  11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17. Topic: Weather.

Demonstration Day: Experience a historical craft, demonstration or performance. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17, “Pickling summer’s bounty with Mary Humecke.”

Step In Their Shoes:  Walking in the lives of those who make up and impact our community using interactive and engaging activities. Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., “On the Farm.”

Our Stories: “From Dirt to Dollars:  Big Agriculture in Chandler.” At 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31, this ongoing series of Chandler and Arizona history presentations by guest speakers share 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

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