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History kiosks win national award
In 2003, the City began placing the history of seven or sponsorships in return for recognition on the kiosk
of Chandler’s parks on park kiosks, giving residents a panels, which cost around $6,000 each.
glimpse of the past. Now, Chandler is being nationally “We are committed to fi nding partners in the
recognized for excellence in state and local history community that we can collaborate with to continue
collection, preservation and interpretation efforts. kiosk installations,” Reynolds says.
The American Association for State and Local The Leadership in History program is considered the
History recently awarded Chandler’s “History in Your most prestigious awards competition for recognition
Own Backyard” kiosk program the Award of Merit for of achievement in state and local history.
its 2009 Leadership in History award. The award will be presented on Aug. 29 at the annual
The kiosks each feature stories and photographs meeting in Indianapolis. At the event the City will
of the people and places that once existed in the also accept an Award of Merit recognizing individual
surrounding area. Kiosk topics include sheep achievement for Dr. Noel Stowe, who passed away
ranching, dairying, ethnic neighborhoods, businesses, in December. An Arizona State University professor,
development of the Southern Pacifi c Railroad and Stowe founded the university’s public history
prehistoric Chandler.
STSN photo
program. He was dedicated to preserving Arizona
In fall 2009, an eighth kiosk will be dedicated at
KEEPING HISTORY ALIVE: Informational kiosks in City of Chandler
heritage and had served on the Chandler Museum’s
parks tell of the area’s history, and the program recently received
the West Mini Park in collaboration with the City’s
an award.
advisory board.
Neighborhood Programs Division. For additional details about the American
Chandler offi cials recently announced that budget
“We are proud that our kiosk program has won
Association for State, visit www.aaslh.org. History
constraints would prohibit the installation of any
several awards in recent years,” says Jean Reynolds,
kiosk photos and information can be found at
future history kiosks until the City’s fi nancial situation
City of Chandler public history coordinator.
www.chandleraz.gov/history.
improves.
The City is considering obtaining private donations
City starts homebuyer’s program
Three workshops educate the community about the The program is funded with $1.4 million received Potential buyers cannot have owned a home within
City’s First-Time Homebuyer’s program, sponsored from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban the past three years and must meet certain income
by a federal grant to help income-qualifi ed families Development. The City partnered with the Newtown criteria. The program includes homeowner education
rehabilitate and purchase foreclosed homes. Community Development Corporation to help and counseling services, and buyers may be eligible
The sessions are held at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 26 at administer the program. for down payment assistance. Purchased homes must
Downtown Chandler Library Council Chambers at 22 Under the program, buyers of foreclosed area be located within the 85225 ZIP code boundaries.
S. Delaware St.; Thu., Sept. 24 at Chandler High School homes only pay for the cost of the home – not the land Call 480-782-4320 to register for a workshop or for
Multipurpose Room at 350 N. Arizona Ave.; and Thu., – reducing the cost of the property. The land is then more information.
Oct. 22 at Chandler Community Center at 125 E. held in a trust to ensure the home remains affordable
Commonwealth Ave. indefi nitely.
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