“INSIDE OUT” – LGBT Military Veterans Share Their Truth A New Exhibit at the Museum of the American Military Family

 

For Immediate Release

 For Additional Information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director (505) 504-6830

Inside Out: Memories from Inside the Closet, a new exhibit at the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in Tijeras, debuts on September 17 with a special music and spoken word program from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The exhibit is a collection of special works painted on military uniforms by LGBT military veterans and will launch the release of a MAMF anthology titled SHOUT! Sharing Our Truth — stories by LGBT veterans and family members about their experiences both in the military and in re-integrating into civilian communities. Anthology authors will read from their works during the program. The book is co-edited by Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, MAMF Executive Director, and Lora Beldon, Founder of Military Kid Art and Co-Director of Military Brat Institute.

Woessner explains that “MAMF is an all-inclusive Museum dedicated to present all aspects of life in and around military service. Through our anthology and this exhibit, we share with the public unique stories that haven’t often been told.”

Beldon says she is “honored to be able to be a part of the military family museum by co-editing the SHOUT Anthology. The military family museum does wonderful work for our communities, both military and civilian. Any time someone makes a huge effort to reach out to military brats young and old and then  reaches  even further to military communities that are more marginalized! People reach out so seldom, that you have to take notice of those people or groups that make that effort. The military family museum does it over and over and over.”

Woessner says the exhibit program is “exceptionally timely because of recent announcements from the White House about transgender citizens serving in the military and because it presents views of LGBT military life during the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era.’”

Inside Out” will run through mid-October and is free to visitors. Also on display are the MAMF permanent exhibits showing the sacrifices and service of military families, the history of elementary and secondary schools around the world for military kids, and a collection of humorous cartoons about military life.

MAMF is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 till 6:00 pm or by appointment. It is at 546B State Highway 333 (Old Route 66) in Tijeras right next to Molly’s Bar. Telephone: (505) 504-6830; e-mail militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net. More information is available at www.militaryfamilymuseum.org.

MAMF Celebrates First Year in Tijeras

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!

 

Run For The Wall to come through Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A massive group of motorcycle riders will be passing through New Mexico on May 18 and 19, and one of their stops will be the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, N.M.

The “Run For The Wall” will have thousands of motorcyclists crossing the country and visiting various communities and VA facilities as they make their way to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day weekend.

“Run For The Wall transcends the politics of man and agendas of individuals,” said Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director of the Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF). “The Run brings together people from all walks of life, from all branches of service, and of all ages for a couple of weeks a year to work together for a cause that makes America proud.”

Woessner is the New Mexico coordinator for the Run For The Wall Midway Route. The Midway Route will have 300 riders as it passes through New Mexico. Duke City Harley Davidson will serve as a fuel sponsor for one leg of the New Mexico run, and will host a dinner for the riders at their dealership on May 18. Rich Ford will provide a hearty New Mexico breakfast for the group on May 19. Many New Mexico service organizations from across the state, including the Veterans Canteen Service, will contribute food or fuel. Other stops in New Mexico for Midway will include Grants/Milan, Moriarity, and Santa Rosa.

Run For The Wall’s mission is to promote healing among all veterans, their families and friends; to call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA); to honor the memory of those killed in action (KIA) from all wars, and to support U.S. military personnel around the world. Platoons and Ambassadors from the group will visit the Museum of the American Military Family on May 19. The museum is located at 546 New Mexico Highway 333 (aka Route 66) in Tijeras.

For more information, please contact Dr. Circe Olson Woessner at (505) 504-6830

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