Sunset library to host forum on city’s past

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Though Chandler is now a bustling city where businesses thrive and nearly a quarter of a million people live, in the not-so-distant past it was largely an agricultural community.

A free presentation on Saturday, Feb. 17 at West Chandler’s Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, will explore how the city originated and grew.

The event is part of the Our Stories Speaker Series presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library and Friends of the Chandler Public Library.

“So much of Arizona’s history comes from the land,” says Chandler Museum Administrator Jody Crago.

“The Seeds that Grew Chandler and the East Valley” will examine how the City of Chandler’s roots grew from the seeds of the Michigan-based Ferry Seed Company’s quest to cultivate drought-resistant alfalfa in Arizona.

In 1887, Dr. Alexander John (A.J.) Chandler arrived in Arizona with the purpose of acquiring land for the company to grow these seeds.

This presentation by the Chandler Museum’s Curator of Collections, Nate Meyer, will be held in conjunction with the Sunset Library’s annual Spring Seed Swap.

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