In preparing for our upcoming 2017 exhibit, HOST NATION HOSPITALITY, we are asking you to contribute a favorite recipe to the accompanying cookbook. We’d like a little story about the recipe ( where you learned to make it, what significance it has, if it’s something you learned to make overseas, etc.) and your connection to the military or DOD family.
An example might be about the German butcher’s wife who took you into the back of the shop to show you how to pound the wiener schnitzel thin, or your neighbor in Japan showing you how to make a local dish. Or…your grandmother’s black-eyed peas salad you recreated, no matter where you were stationed.
Your recipe may be on one of the recipe cards we plan to give away to exhibit visitors and/or included in the cookbook we will sell to support our programs in our museum.
We appreciate your support of the museum and helping us preserve your history…
Currently, we are looking for main courses and desserts and would like submissions to be e-mailed to: email@example.com.
Please put “recipe” in subject line
Museum of the American Military Family To Publish Korean War Novel
At its March Open House, The Museum of The American Military Family announced the acquisition of the novel, Battle Songs: A Story of the Korean War in Four Movements. Written by Author in Residence Paul Zolbrod, a retired Allegheny College English Professor now living in New Mexico, it will be published by the newly established MAMF Press this spring. It follows four draftees inducted from mining and farming communities in rural Western Pennsylvania to fight in Korea in the early nineteen fifties. There each must each must confront the absurdity of combat within the framework of hisown identity to understand a war that remains unresolved to this day.
Copies are expected to go on sale by early April, with all proceeds slated to help underwrite routine Museum operating expenses. This book comes on the heels of an earlier Museum publication, From the Frontlines to the Home Front, an anthology of reflections of deployment edited by Zolbrod and written by veterans themselves, as well as family members of those who served over a period covering World War II through the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Copies are being distributed without charge by way of a series of open discussions sponsored by the Museum thanks to a New Mexico Humanities Council grant. Or they will be available directly from the Museum in exchange for a donation.
Plans are underway for another Museum anthology, War Child: Lessons Learned from Growing Up in War, again, with a family perspective in keeping with the Museum’s mission. Those wishing to contribute a story of their own are invited to do so. It should express a child’s point of view but from all perspectives–service members who were still teen-agers when deployed; adults who as children grew up in a war zone; or children who had a parent or sibling serving in war. Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era, World War II, and all conflicts in between. All pieces should be from a child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience.
The Museum would especially like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving. A story can be as long or as short as the writer chooses. Just make it heartfelt, honest, and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss–stories that illustrate the variety of events that impact on day-to-day family life in war times. Potential writers do not have to consider themselves accomplished writers to participate. Editorial services will be available to sharpen contributions when needed. Stories can be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museum of the American Military family is a non-profit organization with a national outreach headquartered in Tijeras, New Mexico.
Reading/Discussion Groups Reflecting on New Mexicans’ Experiences with War
The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center will host a series of discussion groups reading excerpts from its own anthology, From the Frontlines to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War. MAMF Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod and co-editor Allen Dale Olson have compiled some thirty narratives solicited from New Mexico veterans and their loved ones to project family involvement in military action. These first-hand essays and reflections are dedicated to the idea that the standards of military service are met not only by those in uniform, but also by moms and dads, siblings and kids, and spouses and partners—something often overlooked.
The first “Frontlines” group will meet in three sessions at the Museum of the American Military Family (546B State Highway 333–Old Route 66-next to Molly’s bar) in Tijeras. Meeting dates are: March 3, 10, 17 from 1:00-3:00. All participants will receive an anthology and the group is free and open to the public. For more information on additional workshops, or to reserve a slot in the March group, please call (505) 504-6830. Groups are limited to fifteen people, and participants are encouraged to attend all three days.
This program is made possible through funding from the New Mexico Humanities Council.