Looking back at the past year, I am so amazed at what our small, but mighty, board has accomplished. As the Director of the Museum, I was honored to be asked to write a monthly military family-oriented column for the Kirtland Air Force Base Nucleus.
We began 2016 in our rented space on the second floor of the Bataan Military Academy, and some of the girls from 66 Pinups and Heels did a photoshoot in MAMF and that resulted in some pretty spectacular photos with the girls and a mention in a magazine not usually associated with museums.
In February, some of our board met up with Joe Condrill, founder of the Overseas Brats organization, as he hosted a regional get-together in Cervantes restaurant in Albuquerque. We made some new local Brat acquaintances and caught up with old friends. Read the rest of this entry »
The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) in Tijeras and the New Mexico National Guard Museum in Santa Fe are partnering together to create a unique memorial dedicated to America’s military families.
Construction began on the memorial on November 10 on the National Guard Museum grounds and will continue over the next few months.
Conceived by MAMF Director Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, the memorial consists of a small 8 x 10 house with five display windows, each showing an aspect of the military family—parents and grandparents, spouses and partners, children, active duty and veterans. Visitors will be able to see artifacts and photos representing all eras and branches of military families through the windows.
“People from across the country have sent us artifacts and photographs over the past year for this memorial,” Woessner says, “I don’t know of any other memorial like this—it’s in the shape of a house –honoring the countless men, women and children who ‘kept, and continue to keep, the home fires burning’ while their loved ones are away in service to their country. There’s no better tribute than honoring heart and home and families.
“MAMF Museum board members and dedicated volunteers have created this wonderful tribute through grassroots efforts of fundraising, individual donations and a small grant from the Kerr Foundation. We still need about $3,000 to complete the project, so donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. All contributors will be acknowledged on the memorial signage”
The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) and the New Mexico National Guard Museum are proud to honor America’s Hometown Heroes by collaborating on this project.
For more information about the memorial, please email email@example.com or call: (505) 504-6830.
Museum of the American Military Family
Attn: Memorial Fund
PO Box 5085
Albuquerque, NM 87185