Albuquerque, Tell Your Story

Telling Project flyer with woman with microphone in black T shirt

 

 

 

THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY (MAMF)

 Invites all generations of veterans & military family performers,

 Community members and businesses to participate in the                                                             TELLING PROJECT ALBUQUERQUE

South Broadway Cultural Center, September 11, 13, 19 & 20, 2014

THE TELLING PROJECT ALBUQUERQUE is a testimonial theatrical performance that brings together all generations of veterans, military family members, artists, community partners, and volunteers to increase the understanding between military and civilian community members.

A small group of local volunteers have been already been hard at work to make Telling Albuquerque a success. We invite you and your organization to contribute to its success by helping us with any of the things below. Contact Caroline LeBlanc, wildernessheart@msn.com for more information.

VOLUNTEERS TO PERFORM: VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS, 18 years of age and older, who are interested in telling their stories on stage. Men and women are invited to interview with our director, Max Rayneard, who will help you turn your story into a performance during the rehearsal process. If you wish to perform, email info@thetellingproject.org .

CIVILIAN AND MILITARY VOLUNTEERS TO HELP with various tasks before the performance date and/or during the performance as ushers, etc.

DONATIONS of money or services in kind for such things as space rental, promotional & printing costs, and food for veteran/family member performers during rehearsals.

SPREAD THE WORD OR SEND US INFORMATION on how tocontact others who may be interested in learning about the TELLING PROJECT ALBUQUERQUE or helping to make it happen.

INDIVIDUAL AND BUSINESS SPONSORS: Contact Caroline LeBlanc for further information

STAFF:   National Producer: Jonathan Wei, Executive Director, The Telling Project

National Director: Max Rayneard, New York

Local producer: Caroline LeBlanc, wildernessheart@msn.com

 

The TELLING PROJECT is supported in part by a grant from The Bob Woodruff Foundation, National partners include The Veteran Artists Program and The Veterans History Project.

MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY, PO BOX 5085, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 87185

CIRCE OLSON WOESSNER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 505-504-6830.

The Museum of the American Military Family and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History Present: Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family May 26 through August 31, 2014

Photo of Sacrifice and Service at Nuclear Museum Poster

 

“Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” is a special exhibit that will open Memorial Day, May 26, and run through August 31 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuqurque, NM.  This inspiring exhibition celebrates America’s rich military history through the voices of America’s military families. Through written word and interactive elements, visitors will experience the joy, the sorrow and the sacrifice of America’s steadfast and unsung heroes, the military family.

There is no additional admission cost to view the exhibit beyond regular Museum admission of $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.

For more information, please visit nuclearmuseum.org.

MAMF NEWSLETTER, March 2014

Press Release: American Military Families Receive Tribute in Special ExhibitionIt may be just a coincidence, but we think it’s serendipity that the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History released the first press announcement about our summer-long exhibit on the very day we were setting up for our film presentation of “Brown Babies” at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. “Brown Babies: the Mischlingskinder” documentary is our Museum’s first big event done in partnership with other entities such as the City of Albuquerque, the Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Don Chalmers Ford, and the Residence Inn of Marriott, and our exhibit at the Nuclear Museum, opening on May 26, will be our second big event and by far the biggest in our short history. That both events received press attention on the same day shows that our stars are aligning. » Read more

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

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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