Sacrifice & ServiceIt may be just a coincidence, but we think it’s serendipity that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History released the first press announcement about our summer-long exhibit on the very day we were setting up for our film presentation of “Brown Babies” at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. “Brown Babies: the Mischlingskinder” documentary is our Museum’s first big event done in partnership with other entities such as the City of Albuquerque, the Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Don Chalmers Ford, and the Residence Inn of Marriott, and our exhibit at the Nuclear Museum, opening on May 26, will be our second big event and by far the biggest in our short history. That both events received press attention on the same day shows that our stars are aligning. Read the rest of this entry »

First Press Release About Our Exhibit Coming in May 2014

Sacrifice & Service

Author Contributes to American Military Family Museum

Sends portion of her book, Once a Brat, Always a Brat for display

Fort Worth, TX, /PRNewswire-iReach/ –

Fort Worth Author, Marilyn Celeste Moris has recently contributed to the new American Military Famiily Museum for its display on May 6, 2014.

As we are increasingly aware, over 1000 of our WWII veterans are dying every day, leaving their grown “Military Brats” to tell their stories of being deployed overseas immediately after WWII.  Ms. Morris was in that movement, at eight years of age, receiving her very own orders from The War Department.

Her recently re-released book, Once a Brat, Always a Brat, has been described as “part travelogue, part therapy session” and the second half, containing other Military Brats; stories, has been called by Dennis Campbell of BratCon Radio, as “a field manual for understanding Military Brats.”

Ms. Morris explains why this subculture claims a fondness for the term, “Brat”, as itt does not connote “an unruly child,” but is rather taken from the British Military, who stamped papers with the iniitials, “BRAT’” meaning British Regiment Attached Traveler.

She relates how the family adapted to somewhat primitive quarters, with no running water, sporadic electricity, wood-burning stoves and an icebox.

How she, and other Military Brats, adapted from an ancient Oriental culture  one year to exploring castles in  Bavaria in the next, is the focus of Once a Brat, Always a Brat  which is available on and Kindle:

Once a Brat, Always a Brat

Once a Brat, Always a Brat

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Ms. Morris’s website with information regarding her novels and one other self-help book can be found at


Marilyn Morris

Phone: 817-246-2639

Circe Woessner, Executive Director

Museum of the American Military Family

(505) 504-6830

MAMF and Albuquerque Cultural Affairs Present a Very Important Film

BrownBabies RElease January 23

2013 in Review

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 8.49.17 PM2013 was a wonderful year for us at the Museum of the American Military Family.  We continue to grow and mature as an organization. We are very thankful for all of our all-volunteer board members, our friends, supporters and sponsors. We appreciate our writers who sent in stories for our blogs and cards for our Postcard Project. Thanks to donors, we met our $20,000 goal to create our 2014 exhibit, “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family, which is being built in collaboration with the National Nuclear Museum of Science and History in Albuquerque.

Here's where our exhibit will be

Here’s where our exhibit will be

We have begun to design the exhibit, and Caroline, our Writer-in-Residence, has completed much of the text panel script. On January 3rd, she and I will sort through all of the quotes we have gathered from military family members over the past several years, and add them to the panels.

Jim Walther, Director of the Nuclear Museum, has begun the set/ elevation drawings and I have started inventorying and collecting artifacts for the display. Of course, we need to extend our gratitude to David, Toby, Sandy, David, Greg, Casey, Charles and Jennifer from the Nuclear museum—all of whom are working alongside us each step of the way, lending their expertise.

Sacrifice & Service:  The American Military Family will open on Memorial Day, 2014, and run through Labor Day at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. The exhibit, much of it interactive, will illustrate the achievements of, and the issues faced by, the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and other family members of the men and women who have served the nation’s military since World War II. Themes will include Pride, Culture, Loss, Sacrifice, Deployment, and Reunion, and will offer visitors an opportunity to share their own stories about when a loved one goes off to serve. Read the rest of this entry »

Reasons for Thanksgiving

As the Museum of the American Family all-volunteer board sits back and reflects on the past few months, it is apparent that we have a lot to be thankful for.
Our biggest news is that the Rivera family, of Robert Rivera Construction in Santa Rosa, NM, have generously donated seven 1947 military family housing units for our museum.  While they are structurally sound, they will need to be moved to our building site, gutted and rehabbed before we can occupy them.  This will take a significant amount of money. We will continue our fundraising in order to rehab these little treasures.  We would very much appreciate donations of money, building materials or labor as we move forward. To donate directly to our website, please click here:

Speaking of moving, where are we moving to? 

 1stdraft museum plot
The City of Albuquerque has suggested a site in a park near Kirtland Air Force Base, the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial and the VA Hospital.  An architect has provided a preliminary drawing and is in the process of refining it.  The various City departments are meeting to see if our museum will be a good fit in this location.  We are confident that all parties will come to an agreement very soon, and we can begin to apply for permits and begin the building’s physical move to their permanent “home”.
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A List of Events and Specials for Veteran’s Day (New Mexico)

A Nice Article Written About Us

Sample for MAMF

Mid-Autumn News-2013

By Allen Dale Olson, Secretary, Public Affairs

The frost may be on the pumpkin, and the fodder may be in the shock, but the Board of the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) would never notice. They are from coast-to-coast, night and day, indoors and out with exhibits, programs, presentations, and ceremonies.


Ole wheels a footlocker to send to the DC Metro USO

The right people in the City of Albuquerque like our proposal to site our Museum in the Albuquerque Area and have encouraged us to develop the proposal still further. The leadership of the Overseas American Schools Historical Society has presented us a proposal to bring their library and bricks and pavers to our site – so we are earnestly launching a campaign to obtain a permanent home.

Circe went to the Overseas Brats “Gathering” in Laughlin, Nevada, to invite participation in the MAMF Postcard Project and bring them up to date on the work of MAMF. Ole and Joan did the same for the Brats reunion in Daytona Beach. Read the rest of this entry »


by Allen Dale Olson



 As the Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center begins its third year of operations, it is fitting to review our Mission and Vision to assure that we are indeed bringing “together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served – American Military Families.”


We learned from a report of the National Security Council just two years ago this month, that less than one percent of Americans serve in uniform today, but they bear 100 percent of the burden of defending our nation. More than 2.2 million service members make up the all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve Components, and more than two million troops have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than half the force is married, and almost 40% of them have at least two children. Only 37% of their families live on military installations, which means that more than 60% of all military families live in over 4,000 communities nationwide.


Combat injuries, multiple deployments, and reintegration of returning veterans all have serious effects on these families and on the communities in which they live. These effects prompted the President to direct the National Security Staff to develop a coordinated Federal Government-wide approach to supporting military families and the First Lady to call on the public to find ways to support and engage military family members.


Our Museum serves as a forum for the spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and others who have loved and supported a member of the military. We collect and preserve the stories of people who have lost loved ones to military service and who minister to the special needs of wounded and troubled veterans. We call attention to the spouses and children who give up or change careers and who move to a different school every two, three, or four years. We provide a resource for family members seeking information and/or comfort from the experiences of others.


In short, our Museum fills an important void; no other museum or organization focuses exclusively on the challenges and achievements of the military family. We want the general public to understand that behind every man or woman in uniform, there are unrecognized people behind them – wives and mothers, fathers and husbands, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters.


Our Mission and Vision are on target.







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