MAMF’s Exhibit, Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family to Open in Lea County



DATE: 10-7-2014

Lea County Museum MIlitary Families Museum 2-15American Military Family Exhibit Opens at Lea County Museum Oct. 13

On Monday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Lea County Museum in Lovington will open to the public a traveling exhibit that focuses on the hardships and rewards experienced by families of U.S. military personnel.

Titled “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” will be on loan for two months from the Museum of the American Military Family in Albuquerque.  Its debut showing was earlier this year at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, also located in Albuquerque.

Director of the MAMF Dr. Circe Woessner will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit in Lovington.  She is a former overseas brat whose husband served in the Army for 20 years before his retirement.

The exhibit focuses on several themes, including family members as unsung heroes, loss and grieving, and the importance of different forms of communications between families and those serving in the military.

The exhibit includes several ways for visitor interaction.  One way is that visitors can contribute to Operation Footlocker, a traveling repository of items and memorabilia put together by Military Brats.

Many generations of Military Brats grew up with footlockers—their transient lifestyle meant that their possessions had to be easily fit into something that could be packed up and moved away at a moment’s notice. Toys, books, keepsakes—anything that didn’t fit, often had to be left behind.

Now there is a footlocker for all Brats, traveling around the country, collecting items and memories—as a repository for trinkets and treasures of generations of Brats.

The footlocker travels around the USA–to Brat functions, to schools, to libraries…to anywhere people gather who want to learn more about the military family experience. People come, pour over the contents of the footlocker set out for display and frequently contribute their own items, registering them in the footlocker’s logbook. Some people choose to sit down on the spot and write out a favorite story or memory, adding it to the notebooks, which travel with the footlocker.

Inside a typical footlocker there many folders of stories, photos and memorabilia from Brats who attended schools on military installations in the US and Overseas. There are tee shirts, letter jackets, cheerleader sweaters, buttons, yearbooks from various DoD schools, and souvenirs from around the world. There are toys and letters, beer mugs and books—and each footlocker has a mascot.

Wherever the footlocker is, Brats gather, and tell their story by adding an item to the growing collection. Since 1996, there is now a “fleet” of seven footlockers. When they are not traveling the country, they reside at the Museum of the American Military Family in Albuquerque.

When you visit the exhibit, please bring an item or written memory piece with you to donate to the footlocker collections. Items can be dropped off at the Lea County Museum to be added to a footlocker after the exhibit closes. Donated items become part of the Museum of the American Military Family’s permanent collection.

The exhibit will remain at the Lea County Museum for two months until just before Christmas.

For more information about the exhibit, call the museum at 575-396-4805



By Allen Dale Olson, MAMF Secretary/Public Affairs

When the MAMF exhibit, “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” closed on August 31, it had seen 17,116 visitors since opening on May 26 in the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. And that doesn’t include the members of the Albuquerque Museum Collaborative Council or all the elementary and middle school kids who attended summer science camps in the Nuclear Museum. There were 145 VIPs at the Opening Reception on May 30.

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But the exhibit was more than an exhibit. There were book readings by Steve Sparks, R. Sam Baty, and J. Allen Whitt. Four Poets – Caroline LeBlanc, Circe Olson Woessner, Jacqueline Murray Loring, and Karen Bradberry entertained with touching and humorous excerpts from letters and messages about family life in the military. Read the rest of this entry »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/28/2014           

Albuquerque Military Veterans and Family Members Perform their Stories of Service in  Telling, Albuquerque

Location: South Broadway Cultural Center

Dates / Times: September 11, 13, 19, 20 – 7pm

September 14, 21 – 2pm

Free to the Public

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In 2014, The Telling Project w ill produce 8 original performances: Denver, CO; Portland, OR; Baltimore, MD; Albuquerque, NM; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; College Station, TX; and New York, NY.  More than 70 military veterans and military veterans will speak to audiences of tens of thousands around the country.

Albuquerque, NM, is the third host for The Telling Project’s 2014 season, and is co-produced by the Museum of the American Military Family, in collaboration with Working Group Theater, underwritten by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Cast members include individuals who served in the Navy, Army, and Air Force. Audiences will hear stories from Vietnam combatants and conscientious objectors, women who served a full career in the military, as well as reflections by family members of military personnel. From helicopters, to ships, to the jungle floor; from broadcasting live through rocket fire, to playfully clanking bombs together in warehouses; from intimate battles to come to terms with experiences a lifetime ago, to the transformations that follow; Telling, Albuquerque will speak to a diverse range of military and military family experiences.  All performers are Albuquerque residents who, wanting their communities to understand who they are and what they have undertaken over the last half-century.

Timed to coincide with the anniversary of September 11th, Telling, Albuquerque is a an opportunity to engage the Albuquerque area in an intimate, complex, and richly various conversation concerning military experience, veterans, military families, and war in a moment when the nation is contemplating these matters.

No press opening will be held, although access to rehearsals, interviews with cast and crew, and background  information on The Telling Project and Telling, Albuquerque can be arranged in advance of the performance by contacting:


Max Rayneard, The Telling Project

541 556 4368


“We hear about war on the news, but we don’t hear the personal side, up-close, from those  who lived it. That’s about to change.” Kyle Taylor, Baltimore Sun.

“Go see this play.” Mike Rosenberg, Washington Post.

“The best performance of the season, hands down.”  Ben Waterhouse, Willamette Week,    Portland, OR, 2010.

Coming Soon: Telling, Albuquerque

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Documentary on WWII Service Pilots Presented by the Museum of the American Military Family

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MAMF Co-sponsors 2014 Wellness Conference in Albuquerque

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Our Museum is planning our second exhibit and needs your help!

The Museum of the American Military Family is planning its next exhibit “Schooling With Uncle Sam” and is collecting short quotes for its panels. Over the next few months we’ll post a general category and if you’d like to contribute to the exhibit, feel free to post a short, complete thought under the post, along with the school/ year you were there. Please add if you were a teacher, student or parent. Additionally, if you have digital photos or movie footage to contribute to this exhibit or a possible documentary, either e-mail them to us or mail them to:


PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185


 Please indicate that all submissions become part of the museum collection.

 Here’s our first quote category:


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