4 Voices Performance at the Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center in ABQ

On March 27, MAMF Director, Circe and MAMF Writer-in-Residence, Caroline joined poets Jacqueline Murray Loring  and Karin Bradberry onstage to perform as “4 Voices”. The Apronistas, a collective of women artists brought along their healing dolls as part of Women’s History Month events. Here are some photos from the 27th.

 

 

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Talking Service: A Reading & Discussion Program for New Mexico Veterans

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Contact: Circe Olson Woessner at (505) 504-6830; Museum of the American Military Family

Contact: Michelle Quisenberry at (505) 633.7370; New Mexico Humanities Council

 Albuquerque, March 27, 2015– In a unique collaboration, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of the American Military Family to offer Talking Service, a new reading and discussion program for veterans to reflect on their service and the transition to civilian life.  The program will take place in April on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pn-8:00pm. At the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, veterans can come together to discuss military themed readings from the anthology, Standing Down. The discussions will be facilitated by Caroline LeBlanc, Writer-in-Residence of the Museum of the American Military Family.

Talking Service, hosted at the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, is part of a national initiative by the Great Books Foundation and state humanities councils to offer veterans the opportunity to reflect on their service and talk openly about their challenges and future aspirations.  It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities Standing Together initiative, which encourages humanities programs that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service.  The Great Books Foundation donated copies of Standing Down to state humanities councils, who in turn provide the textbooks to participating veterans in their states.

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Talking Service is free and open to past and present members of the Armed Forces. For more information about the program and how to join, please contact Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director , Museum of the American Military Family at 505 504-6830 » Read more

MAMF’s New Treasurer, Sue Pearson

MAMF’s new Treasurer, Sue Pearson, has 30 years with the Federal government as an Administrative and Financial employee; 18 years have been in the Medical Auditing arena. She is a military brat and the spouse of a retired 24-year active duty US Air Force veteran. During Sue’s affiliation with the military, she has had the opportunity to travel the world, engaging with other cultures.

She holds a Bachelors  degree in Finance from Liberty University; she has two Associates degrees in Computer Information Systems Management from Central New Mexico Community College, and a General Curriculum Liberal Arts from the University of Maryland.

Sue’s spouse is a 100% disabled veteran, which has given her a deep compassion for helping people.  Sue has served as the People with Disabilities Special Emphasis Program Manager at Kirtland AFB for over 15 years, and currently serves as the Kirtland AFB Blood Program Manager (Coordinator). Because of this, she has the pleasure of working with the Air Force Base and the Albuquerque civilian communities to have blood available as needed.

VETERANS INVITED TO READING AND DISCUSSION PROGRAM AT ALBUQUERQUE HISPANO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Talking Service Poster

 Albuquerque, March 23, 2015— In a unique collaboration, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of the American Military Family to offer Talking Service, a new reading and discussion program for veterans to reflect on their service and the transition to civilian life.  The program will take place in April.

At the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, veterans will come together over the course of four sessions to discuss a variety of readings about military service.  Each piece of literature from the anthology, Standing Down, is a jumping off point for vets to reflect on their own experiences in the military and returning home.  The discussions will be facilitated by Caroline LeBlanc, Writer-in-Residence of the Museum of the American Military Family.

 Talking Service is free and open to past and present members of the Armed Forces. For more information about the program and how to join, please contact Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director , Museum of the American Military Family at 505 504-6830 » Read more

Albuquerque Veterans Invited to Participate in Reading Program

Talking Service Poster

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of the American Military Family have joined with the New Mexico Humanities Council to offer Talking Service, a new reading and discussion program for veterans to reflect on their service and the transition to civilian life.

Veterans will come together over the course of 4 sessions in April to discuss a variety of readings about military service. Each piece of literature, from the anthology Standing Down is a jumping off point for veterans to reflect on their own experiences in the military and returning home. Caroline LeBlanc, Writer-in-Residence, Museum of the American Military Family, will facilitate the discussions.

Every participant will receive a copy of Standing Down. Call 505 504-6830 for more info, or to participate. Slots/books are limited, so reserve a slot today!

 

 

NEW MEXICO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HONORS MAMF WITH MEMORIAL BILL 28 IN THE STATE CAPITOL

Phot of entry to the New Mexico State Capitol

The “Whereases” kept coming, each one more laudatory than the preceding one as the New Mexico House of Representatives Chief Clerk read House Memorial Bill 28 “recognizing the Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center and the Importance of the American Military Family.”

HM 28 was sponsored and introduced by Representative Bill McCamley, Democrat of Las Cruces, and supported by several Members of both parties testifying in favor of this Museum which is focusing on experiences such as their own growing up with or being married to a person serving in one of the military services. Representative McCamley cited his own life in the military and the work MAMF is doing as his reasons for sponsoring the Bill. » Read more

Some highlights from MAMF’s very busy 2014:

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:

February

-Screened the Documentary Brown Babies at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM

 March

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 more

FAST-PACED FALL FOR MAMF

Allen Dale Olson, Secretary/Public Affairs

From Lovington to Los Alamos — “Sacrifice & Service,” the exhibit that attracted 17,116 visitors during its stay in the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History between Memorial Day and Labor Day, spent two months in the Lea County History Museum will spend December in the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.

 

 

“Sacrifice & Service” is very much on our minds these days, as it will return home to Albuquerque right after the New Year’s holiday, and though we have arrangements to store it, we are hoping to find it a permanent home.

Meantime, we have started another exhibit and we’re calling it “Schooling with Uncle Sam,” the story of the Defense Department Dependents Schools and the students and teachers who have experienced them. We hope to have it completed by spring 2015. » Read more

Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family is on Exhibit in Los Alamos through January 2, 2015

On December 4, 2014, Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family opened at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was the third venue for the exhibit, which debuted in Albuquerque on Memorial Day, traveled to the Lea County Museum in October and November, and will spend December in Los Alamos.

On December 1, the exhibit was delivered by Jim Harris, Lea County Museum Director, who drove the exhibit up from Lovington . On December 3, MAMF Director Circe, and board members Joan and Ole set up the exhibit, along with Mesa Public Library personnel.

It seemed a near impossible task to have everything ready for the December 4 opening, but it came together.

 

Between the MAMF team, Katy, the library director and and Keith, from Los Alamos County, the exhibit came together mid-morning on the 4th. The Albuquerque Journal sent a photographer to take some photos to accompany an article slated to run in mid-December. » Read more

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