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The 3rd Thursday at the Museum series has concluded for the season. Stay tuned to this page to find out when the series will start again.



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

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.


Saturday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

Pangean Orchestra

pangean 2019

A Celebration of American Independence Day

The Pangean Orchestra returns to Tempe History Museum bringing sounds and songs from all corners of the world. An exotic mix of talented musicians will perform an evening of radiantly uplifting music. They deliver a message of peace through the international language of music. Join us, stand united and celebrate the gift of life and human spirit. What makes the USA such a great country is that we have people from everywhere. We can't think of anything more American than the Pangean Orchestra. Free, fun and family friendly

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Arizona Storytellers Series
The Tempe Historical Society's lunchtime lecture series has concluded for this season. Join us again on Weds Oct. 9, 2019 for a new season of lunch talks. Sponsored by the Tempe Historical Society and Friendship Village. Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Events by Partner Groups

June 22 at 10:30 a.m.

The African American Advisory Committee presents
Community Chat:  ACEs with Dr. Carlian Dawson, Ed.D.

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Dr. Carlian Dawson presents “How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) May be Impacted by Historical Trauma”. The premise of this workshop is that populations historically subjected to long-term, mass trauma-colonialism enslavement exhibit a higher prevalence of disease even several generations after the original trauma occurred. Understanding how historical trauma might influence the current health status of African Americans in the U.S., we examine how stress from racial trauma affects infants/toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children through adulthood and how it may provide new insight for eliminating health disparities and that multi-generational trauma may connect to increased ACEs.

 Dr. Carlian Dawson, Ed.D. has nearly 30 years’ experience in education and management consulting. She has also been recognized for her organization and leadership development and efficacy-based training. Dr. Dawson has a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Education from Illinois State University.