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Chandler Museum offers two major new exhibits

March 30th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler Museum offers two major new exhibits

By SanTan Sun News Staff

Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler is offering a variety of free programs next month as well as a new exhibit.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Information: 480-782-2717 or

Most of the programming events offer a chance to reserve a seat. Go to and search by “Chandler Museum.”

Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler (Through Aug. 13, 2023)

In the late 1930s Chandler had an influx of Dust Bowl migrants who fled their homes in search of a better life. Government photographers Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee documented unique stories showing these migrants and their dwellings, which were often temporary.

This exhibition is a history of Dust Bowl Chandler through unique black and white photographs. It examines what home looked like and makes connections between 1930s Chandler and Chandler today. It includes themes of housing, migration, agriculture, technology, self-sufficiency, and empathy.

American Farmer (April 6- May 25)

This exhibition features forty-five iconic portraits showing the geographic and cultural diversity of the American Farmer. This vivid portfolio from photographer Paul Mobley is accompanied by anecdotes and memories in the farmers’ own words. The images and words are both a testament to the farmers’ enduring hospitality and a glimpse into the hardships and joys of their way of life – one that once defined our national identity.

This exhibition is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

History Bites, noon-12:30 p.m. April 5

There were two Chandlers in the 1930s. One revolved around the San Marcos Hotel, where the rich and famous enjoyed leisurely winters and spent time in carefully managed areas nearby. The other was a town already a decade into economic hardship, where most residents were small-scale farmers struggling to find a new cash crop after the 1920 cotton market collapse.

Find out more as Collections Coordinator Nate Meyers tells the story of a town with a more complicated history than you may think, and describes the Dust Bowl migrants who would soon add their own chapters to the tale.

The New Deal in Arizona, 10:30 a.m.-noon, April 30

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ambitious initiatives also produced sidewalks and stadiums, outhouses and amphitheaters, roadside monuments, and remote stock tanks. Federal investment in 1930s Arizona accounts for much of our current infrastructure. In Chandler, New Deal programs modernized water delivery, improved school buildings, operated a 320-acre farm, and provided apartment housing for workers. Join us as historian and Arizona Culture Keeper J. J. Lamb brings Arizona’s New Deal to life, revealing the local politics that brought in federal dollars.

How Chandler Helped Create Modern Country Music, 7-8:30 p.m. April 7

When the Dust Bowl pushed a wave of migrants toward Chandler, music came with them. Travelers who settled down pulled family and friends out West over the decades, each new wave bringing more music in its wake. The Valley became a top destination for artists to play, or even stay: a place far from Nashville where they could blend traditions and create their own styles. Listen in while local historian William Holly reveals how patterns of migration led to a new kind of music, as artists from Buck Owens to Waylon Jennings put Chandler and the Valley on the country music map.

Trivia Night, 7-9 p.m. April 14

From the obvious to the obscure, go head-to-head with other trivia teams as you test your musical history skills! Pencil in one hand and delicious nibbles in the other, it’s a guaranteed good time.

LaShay Marks conducts the fun as you compete solo or with a team of two to six. Vie for prizes, try your luck in a raffle, and enjoy small bites and self-serve mocktails, compliments of the Museum!

Swing Dance Night, 7-9 p.m. April 21

Come join us at the Chandler Museum for a night of swing dance with the Arizona Lindy Hop Society. Check out a routine from some Lindy Hop dancers, take part in a small lesson, and then show off your moves during a social dance experience.

Folk Music Night at the Chandler Museum, 7-8 p.m. April 28

Experience an evening of folk music from the 1930s as sung by Squires Studios premier student vocalists. Expressive and eloquent, these performers will transport you with the sounds and stories of the Great Depression.

Volunteer Information Session, 3:30-5 p.m. April 12

The Volunteer Information Session is a required step for becoming a Chandler Museum volunteer or intern. The information-rich, 90-minute session will help you discover what areas of Chandler Museum interest you the most. You will learn how Museum volunteers and staff serve the community every day, and get a peek into areas visitors seldom see.

Learn how you can use your current skills, or develop new ones, while volunteering at Chandler Museum.

Play Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23

Enter the courtyard to play croquet and other outdoor lawn games that will be sure to satisfy even the most competitive groups.

Bring the family and toy with classic games and toys. Brush up on the classics or explore something new. Each month features a different set of games and toys. Outdoor games and activities will be available in the courtyard weather permitting.

C-Town Suitcase Club, 10:30 -1:15 a.m. April 6

A melodic program will be held in conjunction with the City of Chandler’s Jazz Festival.

These 45-minute programs are led by friendly educators who compare everyday items, then and now. With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5. Register as space is limited.

Art Tots, 10:30-11:15 a.m. April 13

Celebrate nature with us by creating art with natural materials and decorating a upcycled bird feeder.

The 45-minute program is an age-appropriate introduction to different art styles and concepts. With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several art-centered activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5.