Museum News: May 8, 2011

The Museum of the American Military Family came into being one winter night as I sat watching the news, thinking about my Army son deployed overseas. I tried to imagine being in his circumstances, and ended up scaring myself more than anything else. Like so many military moms, I hope my son will serve his country proudly, carry out the mission successfully and come home safe, sound, in one piece—and soon.

It occurred to me at that instant, other military moms were having the same thoughts as I. In fact, millions of other military mothers and military spouses, regardless of nationality, or where they were located on the globe, were having similar wishes and hopes for their loved ones.

And I thought: we military families are tough. We hold it together for the sake of our kids, for our spouses, for our parents–and for ourselves! If we fall apart, it affects our troops, and indirectly, the mission. So when the chips are down, we grit our teeth, brace ourselves and keep on going. Ever since there have been armies, there have been families supporting them–and supporting each other.

That’s when I got the idea: someone should dedicate a museum to the military family! And then the second thought: Maybe I should dedicate a museum to the military family.

And so the Museum of the American Military Family was born.

Right now, the museum is in its infancy—we incorporated in March 2011, formed a board of directors, created a mission statement, wrote our bylaws and our business plan.  In April, we launched the virtual museum and on May 6, we created our Facebook page.

We are marching forward towards our goal of having a physical museum space in the Albuquerque Metro area by 2013.

So, how can you help?

Initially, we are a virtual museum, which means that all of our collections will be on-line. To keep the museum site dynamic, we need to continually add posts to our Facebook page, populate our photo galleries and our blogs. We have three: this one—which is the official museum news page, “Peanut Butter, Passports, and Pedagogy” about schooling overseas and “We Served Too—a Forum for Military Families”.

We’d like you to send your photos and memories to us.  Please visit our Facebook page. Sign our guest book. And most of all, spread the word!

Some people ask if they can give us uniforms or other memorabilia, and the answer is “yes—but not yet.” We are in the process of locating a physical museum space, but until we have funding and support we can’t move into a permanent location. So, please hold on to your treasures for a little longer. We will post a donation form on our website when we’re ready.

We’d like your digital media—photos, videos, audio recordings as well as your written memories right now.  If you’ve made a You Tube recording or have been interviewed for topics relevant to this museum, please let us know. If we feel that they are appropriate, we’ll post them. (Please make sure you have clear rights/or the permission to distribute the media.)

Some people have indicated they’d like to write a short memory but don’t know where to start. I have added a page to this news site with possible writing prompts.

Please join us on our journey—one that spans 200+ years—from the Revolutionary War into the future.  Help us tell the story of the American Military Family!

Thank you for all your support and encouragement,

Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director


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