WHAT A NEW YEAR FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY AND LEARNING CENTER (MAMF)Posted: February 23, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and check out our website at http://www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org.