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Aug. 23, 2016
 
Our Stories Speaker Series explores music and shared memory through music history 

Chandler’s Our Stories Speaker Series returns this fall with three presentations that explore the shared history we all have through music. Our Stories is an ongoing series of Chandler and Arizona history presentations by guest speakers sharing 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.

“Each of us remembers times in our lives when we heard a song on the radio, at a live show or around a campfire,” says Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago. “The fall speaker series explores some of the most well-known music and songs in American history, as well as songs that aren’t as well-known performed by singers we all recognize.”

The fall Our Stories Speaker Series begins with From Liverpool to Abbey Road at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. The history of the Beatles and their influence on society will be shared by rock historian Vincent Bruno, who also will discuss the excitement of Beatlemania and each band member’s post Beatles work. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

The Chandler Sunset Library also hosts Ghost Riders in the Sky: The Story and Songs of Stan Jones at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Speakers Michael Ward and Keeter Stuart delve into the life and music of western songwriter Stan Jones. An Arizona native, Jones wrote classic cowboy songs such as “Cowpoke” and “Burro Lullaby.” His most famous song, “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” has been performed by Johnny Cash, The Outlaws, and many more. Keeter Stuart, who is the great nephew of Jones, will perform classic western songs his uncle Stan wrote.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Chandler Basha Library, located at 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, presents Swing into History at 10:30 a.m.  Speaker and music historian Erik Larson will discuss the influence and legacy of big band music and musicians such as Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. Larson also will play recordings from his personal collection and share historical trivia. This program is made possible by Arizona Humanities.

Each of the programs are free, there is no registration required and they run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For additional information, call 480-782-2751 or visit chandlermuseum.org.