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Chandler Museum offers exhibits, programs

July 8th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler Museum offers exhibits, programs

By Get Out 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 and unless otherwise noted, are free. 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.

In the Fields of the North (En los campos del norte)
June 14- August 28, 2022

The exhibition of more than 50 contemporary photographs chronicles the lives of contemporary migrant farm workers. Photojournalist David Bacon’s evocative, powerful photographs, alongside moving oral narratives from migrant farm workers, give 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 and 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, 2022

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.

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.


Our Stories
10:30 a.m.-noon July 30

How Arizonans survived before air conditioning

Writer and historian Christine Reid draws from the multi-cultural influences of the people who built Arizona. Discover how creative adaptations in lifestyle, architecture, building materials, town planning, and even humor contributed to survival in intense desert temperatures. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

History Bites
noon-12:30 p.m. July 5

Architectural Chandler Series: Lescher & Mahoney

Did you know that the firm responsible for some of the Valley’s most enduring architecture also designed a Chandler home nestled amid 350 acres of cotton and alfalfa? Built in 1938 for a wealthy winter visitor from Detroit, the McCullough-Price House is now part of Chandler Museum.

It combines Art Deco and Pueblo Revival elements in ways that are both elegant and functional–traits that typify a body of work that spans everything from apartments to airport terminals. Join Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago to find out more about the iconic Arizona buildings conceived by Phoenix architects Lescher & Mahoney. After the program, step into the McCullough-Price House, located on the Chandler Museum campus.

Play Day
Noon-2:30 p.m. July 30

Join Beat the Heat Saturday to enjoy activities to help you stay cool including getting wet with some classic water toys.

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
10:30-11:15 a.m. July 6 and 20

Come and explore what career paths have roots in Chandler.

Pack your bags and travel back in time where everyday objects look completely different. These 45-minute programs are led by our 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.

Art Tots
10:30-11:15 a.m. July 13 and 27

The museum is opening our kitchen cabinets and whipping up foodstuffs to create art with bananas, painting, stamping, and gluing through a variety of pantry items.

The 45-minute program led by museum 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. For ages 3-5.