WHAT A NEW YEAR FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY AND LEARNING CENTER (MAMF)

By Allen Dale Olson, MAMF Secretary for Public Affairs

A few minutes with the Governor, a half-hour with the State Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development, another half-hour with the State Cabinet Secretary for Veterans Affairs, a full hour with the City Director of Cultural Affairs, and a series of meetings with the Albuquerque Director of the Special Library Collections and with the senior staff of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History are only a hint of our Board’s activities since the first of the year.

Jeanette Miller of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and Circe Woessner, Executive Director of MAMF plan the March 3 program.

Jeanette Miller of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History and Circe Woessner, Executive Director of MAMF plan the March 3 program.

Charles Lowery, Development Director, gives us a lesson in Fundraising

Charles Lowery, Development Director, gives us a lesson in Fundraising

That doesn’t include a round of discussions in the New Mexico Round House (Capitol Building) with State Senators and Representatives or the filing of four major grant applications for a building and a major exhibit scheduled for 2014 or our work with Brats Without Borders on a touring art exhibit throughout the nation. Add to that some spring projects with the Bradley Science Museum in Los Alamos and Operation Footlocker programs with the New Mexico Veterans Memorial and the Albuquerque Institute of Science and Mathematics, and you’ll get a rough idea of what’s going on in the big picture.

MAMF treasurer, Jayne Pilley takes notes

MAMF treasurer, Jayne Pilley takes notes

Circe and CPT Jerry Delmore discuss the CAP Cadets plans for Operation Footlocker

Circe and CPT Jerry Delmore discuss the CAP Cadets plans for Operation Footlocker

And the little picture is getting bigger all the time – interviews and story collecting, tax and state filing requirements, fund-raising, and talks throughout the area about finding a permanent home. We have adopted Vision and Mission Statements and have started to update our Business Plan. Efforts thus far have garnered a letter of endorsement from the State Secretary for Economic Development, personal encouragement from the Albuquerque Cultural Affairs Director, and promises of meetings with the Mayor, the State Tourism Director, and most likely the Governor herself.

Circe and Ole confer after attending a meeting with the State Cabinet Secretary of Economic Development in Santa Fe on February 15, 2013

Circe and Ole confer after attending a meeting with the State Cabinet Secretary of Economic Development in Santa Fe on February 15, 2013

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In March we salute Women Veterans with the showing of the film “When Women Come Marching Home” in the theater of the National Nuclear Museum; we submitted an apron to the Apron Project hosted by Womyn’s Work; in April, the Month of the Military Child, we launch a Flat Stanley/Stella Project with the city library system, and we’ll be taking Operation Footlocker to national “Gatherings” of Overseas Brats in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Laughlin, Nevada.

Albuquerque Special Collections Library Director and Claire Lissance, MAMF's Artist in Residence plan the April Flat Stanley/Stella program

Albuquerque Special Collections Library Director and Claire Lissance, MAMF’s Artist in Residence plan the April Flat Stanley/Stella program

The beautiful Special Collections Library in Albuqurque

The beautiful Special Collections Library in Albuqurque

And while all this goes on, we continue discussions with the officers of the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) about bringing their very special historical library along with pavers and markers to our Museum.

The final product for the 2013 Apron Project...

The final product for the 2013 Apron Project…

    But we continue our search for stories, documents, letters, and reports of family experiences when one of their own marches off to military service, a never-ending quest. Please send your own story to militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net and check out our website at http://www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org.

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