FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center Selects One Community Auto to Handle Vehicle Donations
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, November 15, 2020—The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) announced today an affiliation with One Community Auto to increase the value of vehicles donated in support of the organization’s mission. MAMF will work with One Community Auto to promote the program to their supporters, detailing how the fast-track program works to bring in monies for their critical missions.
One Community Auto repairs and refurbishes the donated cars and other vehicles, then sells them in their monthly online auction. The online sales effort means quicker sales, getting the monies raised to specific charities to provide additional critical funding.
“We are appreciative of the opportunity to be part of this program,” says MAMF Secretary/Public Affairs Dr. Allen Dale Olson. “One Community Auto is a veteran owned business and works hard to support military and veteran organizations in New Mexico. Even though One Community Auto is in Albuquerque, it can accept donations from anywhere in the US. We look forward to working with One Community Auto.”
The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served–America’s Military Families.
MAMF encourages its supporters to learn more about the opportunity to turn cars into cash to support its mission by visiting https://militaryfamilymuseum.org/donate/
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For Additional Information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director (505) 504-6830
Museum of the American Military Family. 546B State Highway 333 Tijeras, NM 87059
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Sonya L. Smith
Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen–
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and DVS Secretary-Designate Sonya L. Smith have each recorded a short Veterans Day message for New Mexico’s veteran community.
Video Message from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Video Message from DVS Secretary-Designate Sonya L. Smith
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Sonya L. Smith
I would like to take a moment to wish a Happy 245th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. I have issued a state proclamation to celebrate this birthday …and in appreciation of the service and sacrifice made for our country from our men and women of the United States Marines Corps.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
On October 14, 2021, the Museum of the American Military Family will observe the 75th anniversary of the opening of Defense Department Dependents Schools in Europe and the Far East by releasing a commemorative anthology, “SCHOOLING WITH UNCLE SAM.”
The anthology will not focus on the school system history or governing policies but on personal memories–what it was like to work or study in the school system, to live and work in a foreign country or military installation and move from year to year to another country or state – the mundane, funny, or tragic events and interactions that made for a memorable experience. Stories should be about a certain time, event, or experience about school/work/life with DoDEA (or with its predecessor organizations such as DoDDS, USDESEA, DEG, etc.)
This is a chance to preserve a unique history and to be a part of it. It’s an opportunity to share a personal look at a world-wide school system serving America’s world-wide interests and assuring that your involvement with it will be recognized.
Your story should be first-person and can be as long or short as you choose. Please also consider including black-and-white photos to help illustrate your memoir. You can submit up to three different pieces for the book.
Authors included in the anthology will receive a free copy of the book in lieu of payment. All stories become the property of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collections Library. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to help the Museum continue to bring exhibits and programming to the museum community free of charge.
Story suggestions … a unique classroom, your daily commute to school, your host nation neighborhood, a military “incident” in or around school, a favorite host nation restaurant or field trip experience, a celebrity or high ranking or local dignitary visiting your school, something funny at school. Or an event memorable to you.
You need not be an accomplished writer to participate. MAMF will provide minor editing to sharpen your contribution.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 2, 2021. The anthology will be released at a public anniversary observance in October of 2021.
To submit a story, or for more information, please e-mail the submissions to OlsonAllen@msn.com.
To learn more about the museum visit the website: www.militaryfamilymuseum.org and follow us on FB http://www.facebook.com/MuseumoftheAmericanMilitaryFamily.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SOME REMARKABLE MEMORIES!
As the only museum in the country dedicated to collecting and preserving the stories, documents, photographs, and artifacts of the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and spouses of those who serve and have served in America’s military, the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF)includes a permanent exhibition about the history of DoDEA since its founding and a collection of teacher-collected artifacts from around the world.
Founded by former DoDEA teacher and student, Circe Olson Woessner is the daughter of long-time DoDEA staffer and WWII veteran and is a military wife and mother and brings a realistic and enriching perspective to the unique challenges and achievements of military families.
Besides presenting permanent and revolving exhibits about the life style of military family members and the educators who support them, MAMF conducts town hall meetings about military and military veteran issues and interacts with a world-wide audience through a variety of social media and through a series of audio and video podcasts.
MAMF has been recognized in each of the past three years with Awards of Excellence by the American Association of State and Local History including an Albert Corey Award for exceptionally distinguished programming. It is affiliated with the American Alliance of Museums, the New Mexico Association of Museums, and the Museum Collaborative Council of Albuquerque.
MAMF’s Operation Footlocker is a mini mobile museum treasure chest of memories donated by military families, military brats, and teachers from the overseas schools of the Defense Department. The fleet of eight footlockers travels around the USA – to brat functions, to schools, to libraries, to teacher and military reunions – anywhere people gather who want to learn more about the military family experience.
Dr. Woessner is now looking forward to next October and the 75th anniversary of the establishments of DoDEA schools around the world. She is planning to publish an anthology of stories by teachers, past and present, about their unique experiences teaching and working in civilian-type schools on military installations throughout the States and around the world. Through DoDEA and MAMF websites, she will issue a call for stories along with guidelines for submission in October 2020.
MAMF has already published a series of such anthologies: War Child, a collection of stories by adults who grew up as children in a war zone; Front Lines to the Homefront, stories by adults reflecting on their experiences in or around war; On Freedom’s Frontier: Life on the Fulda Gap, stories by veterans and family members who lived and worked along one of the world’s most sensitive potential battlegrounds.
Their anthology SHOUT! Sharing our Truth, by LGBTQ+ veterans and veteran family members about their service in the military before and after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, has been produced as a play performed in Richmond, Virginia, and scheduled for performances in LA, San Francisco and Providence next year. MAMF has also turned the anthology into a documentary film.
Visit website www.militaryfamilymuseum.org to learn more about MAMF and what it is doing to honor military families and the schools that serve them and to provide a place for scholars to learn the history of the millions of families who have also “served” our country.
Our new Artist in Residence for Photography
Arin Yoon is a Korean American army spouse and documentary photographer, and arts educator. Her current project is “To Be At War,” a collaborative community photography project about and by the military community, based out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Arin has exhibited at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul, Daegu Arts Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Anthology Film Archives and A.I.R. Gallery in New York, iam8bit Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Chicago Humanities Institute. Her work is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Sexual Slavery in South Korea. She has been published in many well-known publications We are excited to have Arin on the museum team. Her website is: http://www.arinyoon.com
Our Museum Storyteller
Cheryl Avila was raised in an American military family. Her father retired from the Army after 32 years of service. Her two brothers are also retired Army officers and have raised American military families of their own. After college, Cheryl served in the Army for four years, her daughter is in ROTC at Emory University, and her son attends the United States Military Academy at West Point. While serving as an MI officer during the day, Cheryl tutored soldiers wanting their GED in the evening. After leaving the Army Cheryl pursued a Master’s and PhD in Education and founded Math Doctor, a learning center in Palm Bay, Florida. As the Museum’s Storyteller, Cheryl believes that connecting through stories is important for children of military families, both young and old, to feel as if they have a place in this world, a “tribe” that understands what they went through.
The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center, located in Tijeras, NM, just east of Albuquerque collects stories in a variety of formats. Check us out, and if you’re interested, send us a story…or two…or three! We will accept short video or audio files, as well as written posts for our blogs. Query us or send a written story to: email@example.com
Our Podcast site is at
Audio Podcasts: Together We Serve: “Service” stories from Brats, Vets, Spouses & Others, Schooling With Uncle Sam: Teachers & Students talk about their DOD school stories, America Remembers ‘Nam: Veterans and their families share their thoughts on Vietnam, Brat Time Stories: Can’t sleep? Check out our middle-of-the-night bedtime stories, written by, about and for the insomniac Brat
Video Podcasts: One Takes: Like the name implies, people share their stories in a short, unedited format, Kitchen Table Convos: The best conversations happen around the kitchen table, At Ease! Arts, Entertainment, Literature & Travel-there’s a little something for everyone…
CELEBRATING MILITARY GRANDPARENTS* ESSAY CONTEST:
What do you remember best about your Grandparents? What makes them so wonderful? How did they keep in touch with, and support your military family? Did they send you the latest “stuff” from the States, keep your beloved pets when you went overseas or send you cookies and care packages when you were deployed? Did they fly half-way around the world to see you graduate?
In your essay, written in first person, please describe to us your most memorable grandparent moments. Entries can be funny, serious or heartwarming—it’s up to you!
- Essays must be no more than 800 words.
- Please include your name and phone number along with your essay submission.
- Photos are encouraged
*Military grandparents do so much to support their military families—we’d love to hear about them!
The first 5 entries will receive a patch or pin donated by Military Brat Seal, and the first-place winner will receive a “goody box” of awesome prizes.
All entries will be posted on FB and in one, or more, of our blogs. All submissions must be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 1, 2020. We will post these essays about your grandparents throughout the month of August.