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Chandler Museum offers multiple farm exhibits

May 25th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler Museum offers multiple farm 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 three exhibits related to the city’s farming and migrant history.

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 and unless otherwise noted, are free. Go to and search by “Chandler Museum.” You can reserve a seat for some of the programs by going to and searching “Chandler Museum.”

Picturing Home: 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.


In the Fields of the North

June 14- Aug. 28

The exhibition features over 50 contemporary photographs chronicling the lives of contemporary migrant farm workers. Photojournalist David Bacon’s evocative, powerful photographs alongside moving oral narratives from migrant farm workers gives viewers a reality check on the food they eat and the lives of the people who harvest it. The exhibition is fully translated into both English and Spanish.

In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte features the work of David Bacon; is produced in partnership with the California Rural Legal Assistance, the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, and History San Jose; and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964
June 14- Aug. 28

This poster exhibition explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-term labor contracts. Six bilingual posters not only tell a story of exploitation but also one of opportunity. They offer historical context, ask big questions, challenge perceptions, tell powerful stories, and provide a platform that encourages dialogue and civic engagement.

Bittersweet Harvest was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with SITES, and received support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.


Adult Programs
History Bites: noon-12:30 p.m. June 7.

Behind the scenes at Chandler Museum: exhibition development

Museum exhibitions always begin with the seed of a story. What happens when the work of growing that story leads Chandler Museum researchers in unexpected directions? Discover how the museum created “Picturing Home: Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler.” Join the Exhibition Team: Jillian Nakornthap, Tiffani Egnor, Nate Meyers, and Jody Crago to learn about the roadblocks and revelations they encountered while curating the museum’s latest ambitious exhibition.

Stay after the program to experience the exhibition “Picturing Home: Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler,” on view now at Chandler Museum.

Youth Programs

Play Day: Marbles June 11, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Bring your family and toy with classic games and toys. We will play games and build marble mazes.  Think kids and museums don’t mesh? Think again! In the Exhibits immerses kids in interactive activities throughout the museum’s exhibits. Kids will participate in activities throughout the exhibit and gain deeper insights into the display.

Work is Trabajo

C-Town Suitcase Club

June 25t 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

What does it mean to work the field of a farm? In conjunction with the In Fields of the North exhibition, experience work on a farm through engaging and hands on activities.

Geared toward ages 3-5.

June 1t and June 15h, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 

Milk Jugs

Don’t cry over spilled milk. Celebrate National Dairy Month while you compare the different containers milk has been kept in and experience what fun can be had with empty milk bottles.

Register both adults and children attending as space is limited.

Wednesday, June 29th, 10:30-11:15am

Museum Helpers

Become a museum helper, learn what people at the museum do to take care of artifacts, and create your own exhibit idea.

Art Tots

Want to make art with your little one but don’t want to clean the mess? Come for a 45-minute program led by our friendly educators that 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. Join us and get messy with your little one!

Wednesday, June 8th and 22nd, 10:30am-11:15am

Shapes in Art

Join us as we search for shapes in famous works of art and use simple shapes to create an abstract masterpiece. 

Please register both adults and children attending as space is limited.

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General Information:

Chandler Museum
300 S. Chandler Village Drive
Chandler, Arizona 85226

Free Admission

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm,

Sunday 1-5pm,

Closed Monday

East Valley History Center, Thursdays, 2-5pm