Brat Liaison Joe Condrill to Host Get-together

Brat Friend,
Got some activity to share with you about
our annual get-together of Brats in New Mexico
happening on February 20!
As of today:
-22 Brats & Educators who now live
in New Mexico are interested in this function.

     Here’s how will make it worth your while
to come:
     *Every Brat gets recognized!
     *With this crowd, you get immediately accepted because we share your heritage!
     *We’re going to introduce you to some wonderful Brat people — who want to meet
     *This is a day that VALIDATES your special heritage!
   Join us: 
Thursday, February 20 – 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Cervantes Restaurant
5801 Gibson Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 
Restaurant telephone: 505-262-2253.
    *Pricing remains similar to previous years!
    *Early registration deadline is February 15.
     Details are at:
     To register:
     -Scroll down to:  Albuquerque, NM, Wed, Feb. 20, 2014.
     -Complete brief info.
     -Click Add to Cart.
     -Click on Check out.
     -Click on Don’t Have A PayPal Account.
     -Complete credit card information.
      Looking forward to uniting you with the
Brat community!
      Have a terrific day!
                         Joe Condrill
                         OVERSEAS BRATS

Our Friends at the Apron Project Invite You to Create!

Announcing the Third Annual Apron Project Exhibit as Part of the NHCC Women & Creativity Month

Flyer Womyns Work: The Apron ProjectLast year a number of Brats, Veterans, Military Family Members, Poets & Writers exhibited in our installation at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  It would be wonderful if we had more this year.  These are aprons with messages:  in words or visual images.  Some are very artistic.  Others are very simple.  You can see pictures of last year’s installation as well as more information on this year’s installation on our website: .  The Submission Form is also available online at: .  Drop off at 123 A 9th St SW by February 12, 2014.   This year’s installation is going to be on the corner of 9th and Gold in the same empty lot we used in 2011, our first year.    Opening Reception:  March 7, 2014 6-7 PM.  If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Quinn at 505 247-2537 or email her at

Hope to see your apron waving in the wind.

Caroline LeBlanc, for Apron Installation & Womyn’s Work




2013 in Review

Military Family Museum Logo2013 was a wonderful year for us at the Museum of the American Military Family.  We continue to grow and mature as an organization. We are very thankful for all of our all-volunteer board members, our friends, supporters and sponsors. We appreciate our writers who sent in stories for our blogs and cards for our Postcard Project. Thanks to donors, we met our $20,000 goal to create our 2014 exhibit, “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family, which is being built in collaboration with the National Nuclear Museum of Science and History in Albuquerque.

Here's where our exhibit will be

Here’s where our exhibit will be

We have begun to design the exhibit, and Caroline, our Writer-in-Residence, has completed much of the text panel script. On January 3rd, she and I will sort through all of the quotes we have gathered from military family members over the past several years, and add them to the panels.

Jim Walther, Director of the Nuclear Museum, has begun the set/ elevation drawings and I have started inventorying and collecting artifacts for the display. Of course, we need to extend our gratitude to David, Toby, Sandy, David, Greg, Casey, Charles and Jennifer from the Nuclear museum—all of whom are working alongside us each step of the way, lending their expertise.

Sacrifice & Service:  The American Military Family will open on Memorial Day, 2014, and run through Labor Day at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. The exhibit, much of it interactive, will illustrate the achievements of, and the issues faced by, the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and other family members of the men and women who have served the nation’s military since World War II. Themes will include Pride, Culture, Loss, Sacrifice, Deployment, and Reunion, and will offer visitors an opportunity to share their own stories about when a loved one goes off to serve. » Read more

Presidential Proclamation — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2013



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More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our resilience, and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the men and women who selflessly sacrificed for our country, and we show our enduring gratitude to all who fought to defend freedom against the forces of tyranny and oppression in the Second World War.

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor and to defend our Nation against future attacks, scores of young Americans enlisted in the United States military. In battle after battle, our troops fought with courage and honor. They took the Pacific theater island by island, and eventually swept through Europe, liberating nations as they progressed. Because of their extraordinary valor, America emerged from this test as we always do — stronger than ever before.

We also celebrate those who served and sacrificed on the home front — from families who grew Victory Gardens or donated to the war effort to women who joined the assembly line alongside workers of every background and realized their own power to build a brighter world. Together, our Greatest Generation overcame the Great Depression, and built the largest middle class and strongest economy in history.

Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Reasons for Thanksgiving

As the Museum of the American Family all-volunteer board sits back and reflects on the past few months, it is apparent that we have a lot to be thankful for.
Our biggest news is that the Rivera family, of Robert Rivera Construction in Santa Rosa, NM, have generously donated seven 1947 military family housing units for our museum.  While they are structurally sound, they will need to be moved to our building site, gutted and rehabbed before we can occupy them.  This will take a significant amount of money. We will continue our fundraising in order to rehab these little treasures.  We would very much appreciate donations of money, building materials or labor as we move forward. To donate directly to our website, please click here:

Speaking of moving, where are we moving to? 

 Drawing of site of old houses
The City of Albuquerque has suggested a site in a park near Kirtland Air Force Base, the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial and the VA Hospital.  An architect has provided a preliminary drawing and is in the process of refining it.  The various City departments are meeting to see if our museum will be a good fit in this location.  We are confident that all parties will come to an agreement very soon, and we can begin to apply for permits and begin the building’s physical move to their permanent “home”.
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