Flag Day 1924


FLAG DAY, 1924, NATICK MA. In uniform to left my Uncle Ray McCarty who was gassed during the FIRST WORLD WAR, the Boy Scout fourth in, is my Uncle Francis Mahaney. This picture was the town’s first Flag Bearers–one from each school. Not in photo is my Uncle Link McNally who was also gassed in WORLD WAR ONE. Both uncles suffered all their wonderful lives

Photo: Dennis Mahaney


Braceros – Melding History and Art



Braceros – Melding History and Art

Traveling Educational Art Exhibit Explores History of Agriculture, Labor and Migration

Las Cruces, NM – May 4, 2018 – An exhibit of sculpture, painting, and historic photographs telling an underappreciated part of New Mexico history, “Braceros – Melding History and Art”, will open at the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces on Friday, June1.

The Braceros Program ran from 1942 through 1964 to meet the demands of agriculture and the railroad industry that was hit by a massive labor shortage caused by World War II.  This massive effort to help feed the U.S. during World War II brought over four and a half million legal migrant workers to the United States from Mexico.

The Branigan will be the exhibits’ third showing before it travels on to Western New Mexico University in Silver City. High attendance at the installations in Deming and Columbus illustrate the resonance of the Bracero Program in southern New Mexico. Deming sculptor Diana LeMarbe learned of the Braceros program from friend and mentor Velva Hurt, whose family had first-hand experience with the program and employed braceros on their farms.

The exhibit features sculptural works by LeMarbe accompanied by paintings by Las Cruces artist Jeri Desrochers and historical research of Raymond Cobos as well as photographs from the Smithsonian Collection.

The exhibit will run through Wednesday, October 3 at the Branigan Cultural Center at 501 North Main Street in Las Cruces. For more information contact Diana LeMarbe at 575-544-7708 or Jeri Desrochers at jeri@jerisstudio.com.

Contact information:

Diana LeMarbe

P.O. Box 1101

Deming, NM 88031



Jeri Desrochers



3655 Canyon Ridge Arc

Las Cruces, NM 88011


Branigan Cultural Center

501 N. Main Street

Las Cruces, NM 88001


Help Us Honor Your Mother!

We’d like your military family photos for our album!

Looking to Start a New Mexico Group of Former DODDS Teachers & Students

By Circe Olson Woessner

Recently, several former DoDDS teachers came to visit the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF). They had such a great time going through it, pouring through our yearbook collection, admiring the artifacts collected by fellow teacher Dorothy Cox, and swapping stories of their own years of teaching at various schools around the world.

Since having moved to Albuquerque, I’ve run into several DoDDs teachers who live here. One of them, Betty Follett suggested there must be more living in the state.

She says, “I’d like to find teachers, aides, students–anyone connected to DoDDS in New Mexico who might want to get together once in a while to share our experiences overseas.”

I thought that it would be great to host the first get-together in the Museum’s garden on April 28, 2018 from 1:00-3:00. Light refreshments will be served.

MAMF is located at 546B State Route 333 (Old Route 66), right next to Molly’s Bar, in Tijeras.

Please RSVP to Betty Suva Barron Follett  at (505) 565-2451


Help support Run For the Wall

Our Museum sponsors the riders on the Midway Route. We strive to provide meals, fuel and comfort items for the riders clear across New Mexico. If you’d like to help out, please send donations to:


PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185

Make checks out to MAMF, but write RFTW on the “for” line. Thank you for supporting this patriotic cause.

Art workshops in March

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center and the Rio Grande Credit Union have partnered together to host a workshop: “Discovering the Self Through Self Portraits”. This workshop for veterans and military families will be facilitated by Santa Fe artist Amy Stein.

This innovative class helps participants find their inner-artist/self, with an exciting and eye-opening step-by-step approach to drawing portraits. Using a combination of drawing skills, visualization, and guided imagery, participants reach deep parts of themselves previously unavailable, and create striking and meaningful works of art.

The portraits will be on display in April at the museum, located at 546B state highway 333, Tijeras.