WELCOMING THE COX COLLECTION AND A DECEMBER 10 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE IN THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY IN TIJERASPosted: November 30, 2017
Free Admission, December 10, 12:30 – 4:30
The tools, musical instruments, garments, art work, and personal effects gathered by Dorothy Alonzo Cox from Libya, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and England are on display in Tijeras at the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) and open to the public for the first time as part of a holiday open house in the Museum.
Visitors can tap out a tune on a Filipino Tallentang – eight brass gongs — and examine a leather camel whip. They can see a Victorian bug collection from England and a carved skull used for after-dinner drinks and the skin of a tiger shot by a police officer in India. There are brass trays, camel saddles, Coptic containers, and paintings of Arab and African village scenes and craftsmen. The Cox Collection has a little something for everyone.
Dorothy Cox lost her husband in the Korean War and decided to dedicate her teaching career to the Defense Department (DoD) Schools around the world; and just before her death in August 2016, she made it known she wanted to share her collections in a way where other DoD teachers and students, as well as the general public, could enjoy them, and her family presented them to MAMF. They are now on display in the MAMF Library right next to Schooling with Uncle Sam, a permanent exhibit tracing the history and evolution of the DoD schools, which includes descriptions by teachers and students about studying art with the Louvre in your front yard, or receiving your high school diploma in a Roman amphitheater, or making school field trips to Hiroshima or the Berlin Wall.
The history of the American military family is shown in a series of information panels spaced around a real house furnished just as a military family would have it – pictures on the mantel, starch and ironing board at the ready, uniforms handy, a wheel chair, cabinets loaded with beer steins, coffee cups, and tee shirts betraying where the family has been, and scrapbooks and photo albums from World War I to Iraq.
Other MAMF exhibits include panels depicting the sacrifice and service of military families, perspectives of military family life, and “G.I. Jokes,” which features a humorous look at military life through the pens of noted cartoonists and the characters they created.
The MAMF library also archives more than 500 books by and about military family life and folios of first-hand stories recounting events and experiences of the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, spouses, and others who have loved and supported a member of America’s armed forces. MAMF has provided historical and personal material about third-culture children to university researchers, filmmakers, and historians from California to Germany and hosts discussion programs enabling civilians and Veterans to share thoughts and insights about the effects of war on family life.
Those effects of war are visible in an intimate memorial to a 14-year-old Vietnamese girl shown in a painting by an American soldier who watched her die as a result of a cross-fire and lamented that he was unable to help her. At the Museum entrance is a model bamboo cage like those used for prisoners of war in Vietnam, serving as a further reminder of the effects of war.
MAMF has published four anthologies: From the Frontlines to the Home Front – New Mexicans Reflect on War; War Child – Lessons Learned from Growing Up in War; SHOUT! Sharing Our Truth; and Home Front Hearth, a collection of favorite recipes gathered from around the world by military families. The books are for sale in the museum gift shop.
The December 10 Holiday Open House runs from 12:30 to 4:30 and is free to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a military or international Christmas ornament to help decorate the MAMF holiday tree.
MAMF is a volunteer 501 c 3 entity with no paid staff. It has a Board of Directors and liaison contacts with military-related organizations as well a writer and an artist-in-residence. It has memberships and partnerships with a number of museum associations. The MAMF
website is http://www.militaryfamilymuseum.org.
MAMF is at 546B State Route 333 (Old Route 66), right next to Molly’s, in Tijeras. Normal hours are 12:30 to 5:00 Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. For information: Tel: (505) 504-6830. email@example.com. Admission is free.
A year ago today, the Museum of the American Military Family opened its doors in the village Tijeras, NM (Right next to Molly’s Bar). What a year it’s been! We’ve hosted nearly 900 visitors, and have hosted movies, book discussion groups and music events. We’ve opened our archives to researchers and have hosted numerous Naturalization ceremonies. We dedicated our Memorial to Military Families…This fall, we will publish two more anthologies: “War Child: Lessons Learned Growing Up in War”, and “SHOUT: Sharing our Truth”. We will open two new exhibits: “Inside Out” and “Host Nation Hospitality”. We will have our cookbook “Homefront Hearth” ready for the new exhibit.
We could not have done it without you—and we cannot continue without your support—it truly takes a village to create our Museum, dedicated to America’s Military Families.
If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook, visit our website, check out our blogs and podcasts…Share our info with your friends and alum groups…
If you like what you see, please consider sending us a story, becoming a member or sending in a tax-free donation…every little bit helps preserve the history of the countless men, women and children who serve alongside those who serve….
On July 9, 2017, the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) will have been in its current location on Route 66 for one year. Open on weekends and by appointment, 882 people have visited us. Our small all-volunteer board works hard to make our museum a relevant and welcoming presence, locally and online.
Since last July, MAMF has:
- Hosted a monthly “Mid-Month Movie” series
- Created and exhibited “GI Jokes: a Somewhat Light-Hearted Look at Military Life (now permanently on display at MAMF)
- Published our first anthology “From the Front Lines to the HomeFront: New Mexicans Reflect on War”
- Hosted numerous reading and discussion groups
- Conducted transformative papermaking workshops (Fatigues to Flags) for women veterans
- Sponsored and coordinated events for the New Mexico Midway Route leg of Run For the Wall motorcycle event
- Hosted 3 Naturalization ceremonies
- Built and dedicated a Memorial to Military Families, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico
What does the rest of the year look like?
- We are wrapping up our call for your stories for our two anthologies, “SHOUT: Sharing our Truth” and “War Child: Lessons Learned Growing Up in War” as well as our cookbook. (These will be published in October and November 2017)
- Our fifth exhibit, “Inside Out” will open in October 2017
- We are creating our sixth exhibit, “Host Nation Hospitality” which will open some time in December
We have done this through memberships, some arts and humanities grants and through donations from regular folks who want to help us continue to preserve and share our unique culture…
Please get involved!
- Share our museum Facebook page with your friends and family, visit our website and check out our many blogs, podcasts and other social media.
- Send us a favorite written memory to share on our blogs and preserve in our special collection library
- Become a member, or donate to our memorial fund.
- If you are cleaning out your attic or garage and you come across military family memorabilia you no long want—please consider donating it to MAMF.
We thank you all for your support of our very special museum…It’s been a wonderful year!