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The 3rd Thursday at the Museum series will return in Fall of 2020. Stay tuned to this page to find out more information.



Performances at the Museum typically run from Sept. through May with an occasional summer show.

Music Through the Decades is the theme for the 2019 - 2010 season. Enjoy music that complements our featured exhibit: Walking Mill Avenue. Join us for outstanding performances with everything from classical and rhythm & blues to rock and roll. Enjoy a casual evening with local musicians in an up close and personal setting.

 Chapito Chav 2019


Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

“Music through the Decades”

Chapito Chavarria Orchestra

In 1923, Chapito Chavarria was 9 when he began playing bass and violin in a band led by his father, Pablo, who had moved the family to Tempe. Eventually, Chavarria developed his own sound, a combination of Latin tropical and American big band. For four decades beginning in the late 1940s, Chavarria was the top draw in the Valley's Latino music scene. If you danced in a Latino club in Phoenix in the 1950s, you were probably dancing to the Chapito Chavarria Orchestra. The orchestra still plays around Phoenix at festivals and cultural events. Join us for this special performance. Free, fun and family friendly

Here is the full schedule for 2019 - 2020:


P at M full page 2019-2020 Series

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African American Advisory Committee presents
Tuesday, September 17 at 6 p.m.

AAAC Book Club Meeting: SOLD by Maurice A. Ward

At the Tempe Public Library (BRiC)

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Participate in the AAAC Book Club during the month of September by reading “SOLD” by Maurice A. Ward. This book tells the story of a boy kidnapped from West Africa and the family who set out to rescue him. Historical slave ship manifests indicate that 15 to 50 million West African nation residents were taken captive between AD 1500 and AD 1865 to be sold into slavery in the Americas. But, nowhere in history does it indicate that any family ever attempted to rescue their loved ones from the clutches of the slavers. Gather together on Tuesday, Sept. 17th to meet the author and discuss the book with him. Books can be purchased for the special price of $15 at Tempe History Museum.

Friday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m.

A Community Chat on Reparations

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When writer and author Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a congressional hearing on reparations June 19, 2019, he was in keeping with the spirit of former U.S. Congressman John Conyers who introduced reparations bill HR 40 beginning in 1989 and reintroduced every year until his retirement in 2017. The bill has since been reintroduced by Texas Democrat Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee.

What is "HR 40" and what are the arguments for and against it? Join us as we review a video that speaks to reparations followed by a Q&A session.



Arizona Storytellers Series
The Tempe Historical Society's lunchtime lecture series begins again on Weds Oct. 9, 2019. Sponsored by the Tempe Historical Society and Friendship Village. Coffee and light refreshments provided.

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Weds. Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m.


My Mother’s Navajo Stories

Doreen Garlid

Doreen Garlid is a long time Tempe resident and community leader who has a unique cultural background. Doreen will show pictures and share stories about her great grandfather who was a Navajo medicine man and silversmith, her grand uncle who was a Navajo Code Talker and her mother’s stories about their culture.

Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.