Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better [person]. Benjamin Franklin
We at the Museum of the American Military Family would like to thank all of you who have helped us have a successful and wonderful year. We appreciate your kind words, support and participation! We look forward to a great 2015–
Some highlights from MAMF’s very busy 2014:
-Screened the Documentary Brown Babies at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM
Created two aprons for display as part of the Womyn’s Work Apron Project in Albuquerque
May through September
Exhibit: Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family at the National Nuclear Museum (seen by 17, 116 visitors)
Activities as part of the exhibit: Read the rest of this entry »
On November 15, 2014, the Museum of the American Military Family, the City of Albuquerque , ChoppHearse, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, and dozens of other organizations and groups collaborated on a “Salute to Our Heroes”. It was an amazing event.
The event started off with a motorcade and a flag line. Museum visitors joined cadets from several JROTC and ROTC units, the Young Marines and Bataan Military Academy. Distinguished guests from the National Guard, the City of Albuquerque and Service Organizations joined the procession into the Balloon Museum, where Director Sandor Cohen welcomed them, saying,
“WE ARE TRULY HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY AS PART OF A VERY SPECIAL OCCASION THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUR BELOVED VETERANS – DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDM – AND TO SUPPORT A VERY SPECIAL NEW MUSEUM IN THE ALBUQUERQUE AREA THAT NOT ONLY HONORS THE HEROES IN OUR MILITARY…BUT THAT ALSO TELLS THE STORY OF THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES, WHO EQUALLY EXEMPLIFY THAT SAME SENSE OF DUTY AND SACRIFICE AND LOVE OF COUNTRY THAT WE FIND IN THOSE WHO SERVE.”
As part of the program, there was a very moving flag folding ceremony followed by MAMF Director, Circe Olson Woessner accepting the flag, and reminding the audience,
“…So when celebrating Veterans Day, we should remember all of our Veterans, by thanking them for their service, listening to their stories…welcoming them home, but we also need to remember the ones who have died without ever telling their stories, the ones who are living in poverty on the streets, the ones that have no family or are being honored by strangers. Today, we specially honor them and welcome them to our family. ” Read the rest of this entry »
Albuquerque Military Veterans and Family Members Perform their Stories of Service in Telling, Albuquerque
Location: South Broadway Cultural Center
Dates / Times: September 11, 13, 19, 20 – 7pm
September 14, 21 – 2pm
Free to the Public
In 2014, The Telling Project w ill produce 8 original performances: Denver, CO; Portland, OR; Baltimore, MD; Albuquerque, NM; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; College Station, TX; and New York, NY. More than 70 military veterans and military veterans will speak to audiences of tens of thousands around the country.
Albuquerque, NM, is the third host for The Telling Project’s 2014 season, and is co-produced by the Museum of the American Military Family, in collaboration with Working Group Theater, underwritten by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Cast members include individuals who served in the Navy, Army, and Air Force. Audiences will hear stories from Vietnam combatants and conscientious objectors, women who served a full career in the military, as well as reflections by family members of military personnel. From helicopters, to ships, to the jungle floor; from broadcasting live through rocket fire, to playfully clanking bombs together in warehouses; from intimate battles to come to terms with experiences a lifetime ago, to the transformations that follow; Telling, Albuquerque will speak to a diverse range of military and military family experiences. All performers are Albuquerque residents who, wanting their communities to understand who they are and what they have undertaken over the last half-century.
Timed to coincide with the anniversary of September 11th, Telling, Albuquerque is a an opportunity to engage the Albuquerque area in an intimate, complex, and richly various conversation concerning military experience, veterans, military families, and war in a moment when the nation is contemplating these matters.
No press opening will be held, although access to rehearsals, interviews with cast and crew, and background information on The Telling Project and Telling, Albuquerque can be arranged in advance of the performance by contacting:
Max Rayneard, The Telling Project
541 556 4368
“We hear about war on the news, but we don’t hear the personal side, up-close, from those who lived it. That’s about to change.” Kyle Taylor, Baltimore Sun.
“Go see this play.” Mike Rosenberg, Washington Post.
“The best performance of the season, hands down.” Ben Waterhouse, Willamette Week, Portland, OR, 2010.
The Museum of the American Military Family is planning its next exhibit “Schooling With Uncle Sam” and is collecting short quotes for its panels. Over the next few months we’ll post a general category and if you’d like to contribute to the exhibit, feel free to post a short, complete thought under the post, along with the school/ year you were there. Please add if you were a teacher, student or parent. Additionally, if you have digital photos or movie footage to contribute to this exhibit or a possible documentary, either e-mail them to us or mail them to:
PO Box 5085
Albuquerque, NM 87185
Please indicate that all submissions become part of the museum collection.
Here are some quote Categories:
First Day of School
The Host Nation
Favorite Support Staff
By Iain McLellan
There is a museum celebrating military family history in Albuquerque New Mexico. It was founded by Army wife and mother and overseas “brat” Dr. Circe Olson Woessner and her father, DODDS administrator, Dr. Allen Dale Olson.
When asked about how the museum came about, Woessner recalls,
“One night I was watching TV while my son was deployed to Iraq and I thought about all the military families around the world who at that very moment had children or parents serving in harm’s way. All military families, from all generations, who have ever had a loved one deploy, have felt that curious blend of pride, of worry, of hope—and have had to draw on an inner strength to keep it all together outwardly, despite inner turmoil. That is something universal to military families throughout history.”
Upon this realization, Woessner put in some online queries about military families and came to the conclusion that she needed to create a museum entirely dedicated to the American Military Family.
“What we want to do in Albuquerque is to have a permanent, physical place where children, spouses, parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, partners of service members– from all generations, all branches–can visit and experience a museum entirely dedicated to their stories and their history.”
To Woessner, it is important for people to recognize these elements of service and appreciate the unique military family cultures and subcultures.
“We want to create a learning community where people can come and see history through a different filter, relive their own military roots, open dialogue between the generations and leave with a deeper appreciation of what it means to serve as a military family and to be a child moving from school to school, country to country as a ‘military brat.’”
Woessner believes that the lifestyles of the current generation of brats are very different from the ones she and older generations of brats knew.
“Although most of my brat peers are in their late 40s to late 60s and our experiences as brats are vastly different from the experiences of military kids today, we still have much in common –this is apparent when we meet—even as strangers—because we can instantly relate. It’s like that old saying: the more things change, the more things stay the same.”
In collaboration with the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, a Smithsonian affiliate, the Museum of the American Military Family created the exhibit, Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family. On its opening day, 300 visitors viewed the exhibit. In the months of June and July, approximately 15,000 visited the museum. After the exhibit closes at the end of August, the exhibit will travel to the Lea County Museum in Lovington, and to Los Alamos.
Although the Museum of the American Military Family is currently an online museum, the organization has been gifted seven historic military housing units from the early 1940ss and is in the process of fundraising to rehab them and set them in a permanent location in Albuquerque.
“With the help of grants and donations, we hope to have our groundbreaking in late 2014”, Woessner says. ‘We are really excited, so stay tuned! It is taking a village to raise this museum, and we are blessed to have so much support.”
Anyone interested in supporting this initiative should make contact with Dr. Woessner at firstname.lastname@example.org or at P.O. Box 5085, Albuquerque,
NM 87185. She can be reached by phone at (505) 504-6830.
Our friend, Dr. Simone in Germany sent this today:
I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying a nice summer.
Here is some interesting news, that might be worth a trip to Germany:
Our Franconian neighbor-town, Schweinfurt is now also saying farewell to their long term American community. They are planning an exhibition for “their” Americans”. Some of you have taught in Schweinfurt, some were there at school as children or teenagers, I’m sure you all have heard the town’s name before or have visited Schweinfurt. The exhibition “Amerikaner in Schweinfurt” will certainly be worth a visit.