April was a busy month for the Museum of the American Military Family. On April 13th, 2012, three Board members took a footlocker to the Kirtland Air Force Base library to celebrate the Month of the American Military Child. The footlocker was well received, and library patrons asked questions about the footlocker contents and the museum itself. Several people sat down and wrote out their memories on the spot; others promised to submit stories to the museum via e-mail or snail-mail.
On April 14, 2012 the MAMF board of Directors met for its quarterly meeting. Most Board members were physically present and one member called in from Texas. The Board discussed the Operation Footlocker exhibits held at both the Kirtland chapel and library and planned similar exhibits in New Mexico on Memorial Day They also discussed plans for Operation Footlocker to exhibit at the State History Museum on Veterans Day.
The Board agreed that their most pressing need is to raise funds to support the exhibit this fall in the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. They also considered developing and distributing items with Museum logos, such as pins, caps, and T-shirts, and to have an on-line gift shop and donation option..
The museum will also partner with the Freunde Giesings e. V in Munich, Germany. Freunde Giesings has requested MAMF’s assistance in putting together an exhibit about American families living in Munich during the Cold War years. The exhibit will be held in October 2012 in the Giesinger Bahnhof Cultural Center.
On April 15th, members of the Museum Board went to Jemez Pueblo to interview two WW II Veterans and their families and several other military family members. These interviews will be on the MAMF website in both written and audio forms by the end of April.
MAMF has received been corresponding with a filmmaker who is making a documentary about the children who survived the attacks on Pearl Harbor during WW II, and a Professor at the University of Kentucky who teaches a class on oral history.
MAMF now has a Flickr page and a Pinterest account and has set itself up on Goodsearch, a search engine powered by Yahoo, that donates 50% of its revenue, about a penny per search, to listed American charities and schools designated by its users.The money donated comes from the site’s advertisers.According to the company’s website, as of January 2011, more than 96,000 non-profits are participating in the program. We would like our museum supporters to sign into Goodsearch and use it to raise money for the museum.
MAMF is blessed because it has strong supporters, a highly dedicated board and an awesome mission.
If you want to help, please consider signing up with Goodsearch http://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/museum-of-the-american-military-family.aspx to be your search engine, and as always, please send us your stories and photographs.
Circe Olson Woessner, MAMF Executive Director.
Museum of the American Military Family
April 10, 2012
Museum Tells American Military Family Story
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nearly one year after its formation, the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) continues to grow – gathering stories, photos and memorabilia for its Web site and Facebook page, and is telling those tales through community outreach projects.
The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center is an incorporated, nonprofit organization created to present an opportunity for people to tell their personal stories about life at home and abroad, either in uniform, as military dependents, or as civilian workers on military installations.
“We are partnering with the National Museum of Nuclear History and Science to create a long-term exhibit in their exhibit halls this fall,” said Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, the museum’s Executive Director. “With the addition of a traveling exhibit called Operation Footlocker, we want to inspire young people to learn about and uphold the ideals of national service and to inform the general public of the cost and sacrifices our military families experience as part of our national security.”
The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center strives, through oral histories, interactive displays, the fine arts, and rotating exhibits, to create a unique environment in which military and civilian families of all ages, abilities and experiences can feel free to imagine, relive, and understand the impact it has had on American families for generations.
Though not yet a “brick and mortar” museum, the organization currently has a virtual existence on the Web as well as on Facebook. The Web site has multiple galleries of photos by category, along with personal experiences submitted by visitors. The Web address is www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org. The museum’s Facebook page can be
found at http://www.facebook.com/MuseumoftheAmericanMilitaryFamily
Anyone wishing to contribute items for that exhibit should contact the museum via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, or to donate items to the museum, please call (505) 504-6830.