June 2012 NewsPosted: June 28, 2012
May and June have been busy months here at the museum. We are in full fund-raising mode. We have two major projects we’re working towards: the five-month exhibit at the National Nuclear Museum and the construction of a permanent space in the Albuquerque metro.
As we meet with service organizations, military families and state and local officials, we have been encouraged to continue our mission to tell the stories of our military families.
We sat down with liaisons from the Albuquerque Mayor’s Office Constituent Services, and members from both the Planning and Parks & Recreation Departments to determine what we will need to do to build a physical museum in the metro area. We have had several productive and encouraging meetings and we plan at least two more in July—each of which will move us closer to our goal of having a building in 2013.
We met with two construction firms, describing what we would like in a structure, and both builders gave us very reasonable initial bids. Because we are in the beginning phase, the blueprints and renderings will be adjusted and tweaked. (Right now we are looking at around $200,000.)
A realtor showed us a possible museum site over in the neighboring city of Rio Rancho, and we also explored other potential locations in nearby East Mountain communities.
Our board met on June 23 to discuss our fundraising progress and to vote on adding another board member to our team. We agreed that the addition of “Brat Liaison” Rachael Cleveland, founder of ABQ Brats, would be super for our organization.
Also, on the 23rd, we spent the afternoon with a group of subject-matter experts developing our strategic plan—we identified our long-term goals and discussed sustainability, our financial perspective and much more. We will meet again in July to complete the mapping. Again, our community’s generosity and support of our purpose is clear: These busy people volunteered an afternoon of their time to help us.
Additionally, we were interviewed by the Rio Rancho Observer in May and the Mountain View Telegraph in June and appreciated the positive media attention.
In July, if we meet our fundraising goals, we will begin designing and building our exhibit under the tutelage of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. We are so excited and honored to have such a strong and generous partner!
So, just into our second year, we continue steady progress. With the further support of generous individuals and institutions, we will continue to celebrate 200+ years of American Military Family history—remember: They Served, too!