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:
The 1940’s houses were TLFs on Kirtland AFB through the late 1990s.
They are 25X30 square feet
These are the seven houses that the Rivera Construction company donated to MAMF
Speaking of moving, where are we moving to?
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”.
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