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America in Times of Conflict:
Wartime history and culture programs offered by Chandler Public Library and partners in November

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Chandler Public Library series, America in Times of Conflict, debuts in November featuring speakers, discussion groups, authors and films that explore our country’s history and culture during wartime. The programs, offered in collaboration with the Chandler Senior Center, Chandler Museum and Chandler Center for the Arts, will offer regional insights to make the topic more relevant to attendees and will run through April 2017.

The series kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 5, with Courageous Stories of Arizona Military Aviators. This presentation features helicopter pilots who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, moderated by Commander Martin Sepulveda, U.S. Navy Reserve, former Chandler City Councilmember and candidate for Congress. The presentation will be held at the Chandler Council Chambers in the City Hall Complex, 175 S. Arizona Avenue, 10 a.m. to noon, in conjunction with the Safety and Veterans Expo. Panelists include Major Fred Ferguson, who flew a UH-1 Huey in Vietnam and was the first Army aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his acts of courage. Also sharing the stage are Lieutenant Colonel Tom Waldron, Air Force, a helicopter pilot involved in the 1970 Son Tay Raid in North Vietnam, and Major Bryan Martyn, Air Force, an Apache helicopter pilot who flew in Desert Storm, and later, two tours in Afghanistan.

Library programs paying tribute to veterans and those in military service continue with the Jan Sandwich Show, a musical medley of patriotic songs, at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E Boston Street, on Monday, Nov. 7, 10-11 a.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, those interested in film and discussion can attend Film + Forum - On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam, sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. This film is about the Latino experience during the Vietnam War and will be followed by conversation. This program takes place at the Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W Ray Road, 6-8 p.m.

Hear the vivid and poignant memories of Chandler men who served in World War II through dramatic readings at the program, In My Own Words: Memories of World War II, at the Chandler Hamilton Library on Saturday Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to noon. The readings will be followed by a showing of the 1943 movie, “Guadalcanal Diary,” the story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. This presentation is a partnership between Chandler Public Library and Chandler Museum.

“Many of our Chandler residents are veterans or families of veterans. Past programs on these topics have resulted in high attendance and requests to provide more history on how war has affected our country,” says Community Services Director Brenda Brown. “The grant from the Arizona State Library allows the library to pursue programming it has considered for some time to meet this interest, while strengthening our efforts specific to veterans of all ages, as well as seniors in our community.”

“We also are hopeful that the programs in this series will likely attract community members who might not be aware of the library’s resources and services,” continues Brown.

America in Times of Conflict is made possible through a grant from the Arizona State Library to the Chandler Public Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library services.

During the month of November, also look for Letters Home, a performance at the Chandler Center for the Arts that puts the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. This powerful show takes place Nov. 12 with a matinee and evening performance in one of the Center’s intimate theaters.

For more information on America in Times of Conflict programs, call 480-782-2800, or visit chandlerlibrary.org/america-in-times-of-conflict

About America in Times of Conflict
America in Times of Conflict is a collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. Running November 2016 through April 2017, its programs explore the stories and perspectives that emerged in our community during conflicts in American history, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the programs in this project are supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About Chandler Public Library
Serving residents of Chandler and the East Valley since 1954, Chandler Public Library has a commitment to being the reading, learning and cultural center of the community. As the information leaders, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. Chandler Public Library is part of the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

About Chandler Museum
The Chandler Museum is an innovative environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community’s principal resource to explore its people’s history, culture, and their place in a rapidly changing world of today – within and without the walls of a building. More at chandlermuseum.org.

About Chandler Senior Center
The Chandler Senior Center is dedicated to providing affordable recreational and leisure opportunities for active, senior adults ages 55 and older. The Center offers diverse programs and services that encourage citizen involvement and a strong community while striving to promote the social, cultural, and healthy lifestyles of its residents and visitors. More than 90 percent of daily activities at the Senior Center are free to the community.

About Chandler Center for the Arts
The Chandler Center for the Arts, jointly owned by the City of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District, is one of Arizona's leading collaborative arts institutions. Located on the northwest corner of Arizona Ave. and Chandler Blvd., the Chandler Center for the Arts boasts an impressive architectural design that allows for multiple, simultaneous performances with three theaters and an art gallery. Its 1,500-seat main stage is the signature performance hall where no seat is further than 100 feet from the stage. The mission of the Chandler Center for the Arts is to make visual and performing arts available to the entire Chandler population; to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community; and to harness the economic vitality of the arts. For more information, visit chandlercenter.org.