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
“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.
It 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 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.
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
Speaking of moving, where are we moving to?
MAMF Writer in Residence Caroline LeBlanc recently spoke to a group of women Veterans at the Kirtland Air Force Base Women Veterans Appreciation luncheon. Here’s what she had to say:
I am very happy to be here with all of you women veterans and to have the honor of speaking to you today about writing opportunities for women veterans in Albuquerque.
Every woman in this room has a story—actually many stories. Some you tell freely. Others, you hold close. Some you may even put on paper. In a journal, perhaps. In letters or family histories. More self-revealing souls, in another kind of bravery, write for strangers to read. You may write fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry, plays, memoirs or blogs—all of the above or something I have not named. » Read more