Spring 2013 UpdatePosted: May 7, 2013
They say “no news is good news” and in our case, “they” are right, only I’d change the saying to “no news “means we are too busy to sit down and write it!
If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, you have, no doubt, seen our posts of some of the events we’ve attended, but social media doesn’t tell of the day-to-day activities our various board members and volunteers engage in to make this museum a vibrant part of our community.
After our March movie event at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, we spent the rest of the month conducting interviews for our podcasts, and attending functions. We elebrated the release anniversary of Juan Jacquez , former POW in Vietnam, and had dinner with the Rio Grande Blue Star Mothers. We took Operation Footlocker to the NM National Guard “Eggstravaganza” and our Writer-in-Residence, Caroline LeBlanc exhibited some of her artwork in a Veteran’s art show. Ole and Joan Olson were guest speakers at the Albuquerque chapter of Retired Army Intelligence Officers breakfast meeting and our other board members were busy behind the scenes.
In April, several of our board participated in a symposium with other community partners at the National Guard Armory in Albuquerque. We worked collaboratively with folks from Kirtland AFB, Alamogordo Public Schools, the New Mexico Department of Veteran’s Services and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to increase our support for New Mexico’s military families.
We launched our Flat Stanley Project mid-month and had a lot of fun working with the folks at the Albuquerque Special Collections Library. Our Artist in Residence, Claire Lissance made a kid-sized Stanley and Stella out of foam board—they were the hit of the party!
In addition to the Flat Stanley project, the staff at the Special Collections Library has also offered to help us establish our own special collections library as we partner with the American Overseas Schools Historic Society in Wichita, KS. We are beginning to move some of our books over to one of their facilities to start the cataloging process.
David Wilson, Ole, Joan and I attended the New Mexico Business Coalition function and met many people who are very interested in our unique projects. Here I am with David and his wife, Maxine.
We conducted more interviews and began collecting incoming Flat Stanleys and Stellas—it’s not too late; you can participate too! Click here to download our templates.
As of May 7, 2013, Our Operation Footlockers have been in:
· Richmond, VA with Operation Military Kid and the Red Cross
· Ft. Belvoir, VA with the DC Metro USO
· Norfolk, VA beginning its tour as part of Operation Military Kid art show
· El Paso, TX touring several elementary schools
The Civil Air Patrol Cadets at the AIMS Academy made us the most splendid Footlocker filled with interviews, artifacts and a lot of TLC. We are so impressed and thankful to them, and to their teacher CPT Delmore.
In April, MAMF also conducted its Quarterly Board Meeting .
In May we have meetings with City and State officials and legislators to determine our next steps. The need for a building is our highest priority as we move forward to build our special collection library and prepare for some upcoming programs. We will be having a Flat Stanley story time at the Tijeras, NM, public library, as well at the Ft Drum, NY, library.
Currently, we have applied for 10 grants, and are seeking funding from state and local organizations.
We really count on contributions for individuals to cover some of our operating expenses, for example, it costs about $50.00 to ship a footlocker each way—and with our popularity these days, it adds up! Please click here to donate.
So, your museum board has been really engaged and excited these past months—we thank you for all of your encouragement—It truly takes a village to raise a museum!
Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director, MAMF