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Jan. 25, 2017
 

America in Times of Conflict
Wartime history and culture programs offered by Chandler Public Library and partners in February
 
America in times of ConflictThe Chandler Public Library series, America in Times of Conflict, continues with programs in February 2017 featuring speakers and a film, along with a museum exhibit exploring our country’s history and culture during wartime. This collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances is made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. The programs feature many local stories that bring this history close to home.
 
America in Times of Conflict programs for February include:
 
The Morenci Nine:  Small Town Arizona and the Vietnam War
Saturday, Feb. 4
10:30 a.m.
Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street
Professor and author Dr. Kyle Longley, the Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor of History at ASU, will share the story of nine young men who left the eastern Arizona mining town of Morenci in 1966 to serve their country in the far-flung jungles of Vietnam. Ultimately, only three survived. Each battled survivor’s guilt, difficult re-entries into civilian life, and other war related traumas.  


Un-American: Japanese Internment in our Backyard
Exhibit opens February 7, continues through the summer
Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues - Sat
Reception for this exhibit is Thursday, February 23, 6-8 p.m.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps. More than 16,000 individuals – women, men and children – were relocated to Gila River Internment Camp only a few miles away from Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy.
Experience the photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave behind almost everything they owned to live in stark conditions in the middle of the desert.
 
From Gila River to Iwo Jima; The Untold Story of Ira Hayes
Saturday, Feb. 11
10:30 a.m.
Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive
Ira Hamilton Hayes was a Pima (Akimel O’Odham) Native American and an elite United States Marine who was one of the six servicemen immortalized in the iconic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising during World War II. Learn about his untold story, and how his experience brought him national fame, but also led to tragedy. This program will be presented by retired Major Urban Giff, a member of the Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84. 
 
Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy
Saturday, Feb. 18
10:30 a.m.
Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street
Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago will present the story of Japanese immigration and settlement in America, and what led up to the World War II era Japanese internment camps in the western section of the country. This program is an opportunity to go behind the barbed wire fences to understand the experiences of community members who suddenly looked like the enemy to many Americans.
  
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, Feb. 26
3 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
Glenn Miller played to sell-out crowds, and his music constantly dominated the airwaves from 1938-1942, during the World War II era. Now, more than 60 years since the public first embraced the Glenn Miller sound, both the legend and the music live on. For ticket information, call 480-782-2680.  

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.
 
For more information on these and other programs, call 480-782-2800 or visit chandlerlibrary.org/america-in-times-of-conflict.