Museum of the American Military Family 
Wins 2018 AASLH Albert B. Corey Award





For Immediate Release

Circe Olson Woessner
Museum of the American Military Family

Bethany Hawkins

Museum of the American Military Family 
Wins 2018 AASLH Albert B. Corey Award

NASHVILLE, TN—June 2018—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Tijeras-based Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center is the recipient of the Albert B. Corey Award for the program, INSIDE OUT: Memories from Inside the Closet. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 73rd year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The Albert B. Corey Award is named in honor of a founder and former president of AASLH and recognizes primarily volunteer-operated organizations that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship, and imagination in their work. The Leadership in History Awards committee presents the Corey Award at their discretion. This special honor also includes a $500 award for the organization.

“Inside Out: Memories from Inside the Closet,” is an exhibit at the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) which debuted on September 17, 2017 with a music and spoken word program. The exhibit is a collection of personal stories and art painted on military uniform shirts by LGBTQ military veterans and facilitated by psychologist Dr. Kyle Erwin, of El Paso, TX. The exhibit coincided with the release of a MAMF anthology titled SHOUT! Sharing Our Truth: Writings by LGBT veterans and family members of the US Military Services. The book is co-edited by Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, MAMF Executive Director, and Richmond, VA, resident Lora Beldon, MAMF Artist in Residence, Founder of Military Kid Art Project and Co-Director of The BRAT Art Institute. In late 2018, MAMF will collaborate with Richmond’s TheatreLAB, also with help from Diversity Richmond, on a play, based in part, from the anthology, and will launch its follow-up exhibit, “Still Shouting!” in New Mexico.

This year, AASLH is proud to confer forty-four national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, September 28. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to

The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history. From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, a monthly newsletter, and maintains numerous affinity groups and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national training in-person workshops, and online training.


We’d like your military family photos for our album!

Art workshops in March

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center and the Rio Grande Credit Union have partnered together to host a workshop: “Discovering the Self Through Self Portraits”. This workshop for veterans and military families will be facilitated by Santa Fe artist Amy Stein.

This innovative class helps participants find their inner-artist/self, with an exciting and eye-opening step-by-step approach to drawing portraits. Using a combination of drawing skills, visualization, and guided imagery, participants reach deep parts of themselves previously unavailable, and create striking and meaningful works of art.

The portraits will be on display in April at the museum, located at 546B state highway 333, Tijeras.

Exchange Celebrates Military Brats Throughout April for Month of the Military Child

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

NEWS RELEASE: 18-029                                                    March 21, 2018


Exchange Celebrates Military Brats Throughout April for Month of the Military Child

 In-Store Events, Giveaways and More Will Honor Sacrifices of These Special Heroes Worldwide

 DALLAS –The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is saluting military brats—our nation’s youngest heroes—throughout April with in-store events and giveaways as well as sweepstakes in honor of the Month of the Military Child.

“The resiliency of military children makes it possible for Soldiers and Airmen to remain focused on their mission,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “These kids are a special part of the military family—they are serving too. The Exchange is privileged to recognize their service and sacrifice.”

To honor Warfighters’ children’s service and fearless spirit, the Exchange is partnering with Vanguard on the first-ever military brat patch, available for free while supplies last at select Main Stores worldwide April 7. Stripes Alterations coupons valued at $5 will allow kids to have the patch sewn on a personal item.

Celebrations continue all month long. In-store family-friendly events let kids explore with Legos, Nerf and more. On April 18, participating Exchange restaurants will Purple Up for Military Kids, offering a free side item, fountain drink or dessert for kids wearing purple.

The Exchange, in partnership with vendors including Ashley, Habsro, Coca-Cola and more, is giving away nearly $50,000 in prizes via sweepstakes throughout April. Authorized shoppers can enter all sweepstakes at //

Each April, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the contributions of Warfighters’ children to the armed forces community. For information about the Exchange’s 2018 Month of the Military Child celebrations, visit //

Soldiers and Airmen can contact their local Exchanges for more information about the military brat patch giveaway, in-store events and the Purple Up treat. For information about your nearest Exchange, please visit the store locator page at //

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 56th-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at or follow us on Twitter at


Media Notes:

 For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or

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A Special February Class at the Museum of the American Military Family



Our museum will have a valentine making class for children and adults in the gallery on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 1:00- 3:00 pm. Learn to make a beautiful pierced-paper lace valentine. There will be other options to choose from.

The class will cost $2.00 per person (for supplies)

Contact number for reservations: 505-400-3849

546B State Route 333 (old route 66), Tijeras, 7 miles east of Tramway. (Next to Molly’s Bar.)



Looking Back & Moving Forward!

Some quick facts:

 Books in our Special Collections Library:  651

Folios of first-hand memories: 220

 Original Letters Home dating from WWI to present: 115

As we look back at our museum’s accomplishments for 2017, we are grateful for the support we have had over the past year, and we are also amazed at what we have accomplished with our very small, but determined all-volunteer Board of Directors.

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Built and dedicated a memorial honoring military families
  • Compiled and published 3 anthologies
  • Created SHOUT/Inside Out exhibit
  • Hosted the War Child/Battlefield Home weekend of reflection
  • Designed and constructed our Victory Garden and Brat-Hood project
  • Dedicated our Flagpole
  • Hosted 3 Naturalization ceremonies
  • Hosted 2 Open Houses
  • Presented Vietnam: A Tale of Two Wars
  • Conducted a transformative paper making workshop for women veterans
  • Started the 5th Thursday programs
  • Hosted a Leadership class retreat
  • Coordinated the New Mexico Midway leg for Run for the Wall

2018 is looking just as busywe plan to do the following:

  • Get an AV system for the memorial
  • Continue the 5th Thursday program
  • Participate in the Veterans’ winterfest weekend in Angelfire
  • Present a second exhibit: STILL SHOUTING!
  • Healing & Recovery Journey workshops and exhibits
  • Host quarterly Naturalization ceremonies
  • Valentine-making workshop for children
  • Create and publish a Christmas graphic novel
  • Film a short documentary
  • Create a stage play based on stories from SHOUT!
  • Collaborate with the Love-Armor Project for an event in Santa Fe


The museum counts on grants and small donations from community members to bring these events free of charge to the public. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, our 3 Podcasts and 7 blogs. You can link to all of them through our webpage at:

 Please consider donating to MAMF to ensure its continued success and the preservation of military family historyany amount is greatly appreciated!


Physical Donations:  We are especially looking for:


Letters from troops to their families (originals and copies)

Memory stories from military spouses, parents and children (e-mail or snail mail)

Memory stories from DODDS Teachers (e-mail or snail mail)

Books by spouses and brats for our library

Family member memorabilia (anything)

Your military story written on a postcard.


Our mailing address is:


Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center

PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185










Hudson “Bill” Phillips MAMF Brat Liaison

Hudson “Bill” Phillips is the eldest son of a thirty-year career Army Air Corps and Regular Army chaplain. He was born in the Territory of Hawaii at Schofield Barracks in 1933, when officers wore leather boots and Sam Brown belts. He lived at the Statue of Liberty when he was 3 and 4. He lived at Selfridge Field, Michigan while the Air Corps still had WWI two winged Stinsons. He was at Forts Sherman and Davis in the Canal Zone while the military did its business with bugle calls and still used horses and mules. He and his family were evacuated from Panama when it became a war zone in 1941. He experienced war preparation, sleeping in a sandbagged bomb shelter, dodging U-boats in the Caribbean and conducted regular life boat drills.

Bill spent much of the war years in the Miami Beach (South Beach) area among civilians. He visited his father at Camp McCall, North Carolina, where his father trained as division chaplain of the 11th Airborne and jumping out of planes preparing to fight in Europe and the Philippines.  Hudson also attended a massive review for the Free French general Giraud, who was second only to general De Gaulle. Hudson attended high school at Texas Military Institute in San Antonio and served on its honor guard, greeting General Douglas MacArthur (former TMI graduate) when he visited the school and the Alamo. Bill and his family were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany where he graduated from Heidelberg American High School in its first graduating class at the old Bunsen Schule in Mark Twain village in 1952. The ‘Cold War’ and Occupation period left a final impression when he witnessed the return of German prisoners of war, from the Soviet Union, at the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof.

Following graduation from Colgate University, as a History major, and with an advanced degree in Theology from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Bill paid his final visit to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and ended his military Brat status. Though he took Air Force ROTC and received an honorable discharge from the Oklahoma 45th Division National Guard, Bill did not serve in active military duty because of his ordination into the Christian ministry in 1959.

His work would lead him through the breadth of American life: the ending of segregation in the South, the peace movement, and the Draft, the emergence of the counter culture and extensive work with emotionally challenged youth and people with special needs.

Bill and his wife Betty returned to Panama to visit the former military bases, see his elementary school classroom and walk up the steps of the former Fort Davis home that he had been evacuated from in 1941. Still a Brat at heart, the Phillips live just outside of Austin, Texas.