Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center in Tijeras Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence

For Immediate Release


Circe Olson Woessner

546 B State Highway 333

Tijeras, NM 87059

Bethany Hawkins



Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center in Tijeras Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence 

NASHVILLE, TN—May 2020—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Museum of the American Military Family is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for  Addiction/ Recovery: Military Families Cope—an Experiential Exhibit and Ongoing Workshops The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.  

This is the third AASLH award in as many years for the museum, following up on its 2018 Albert B. Corey Prize, and its 2019 Award of Excellence. All  awards are given for programs and projects of merit. 

The 2020 award recognizes the museum’s ongoing programming focusing on  addiction and recovery.  The exhibit, a collaboration between the VA hospital and New Mexico state resources provides answers to questions such as “Why Does Addiction Happen,” “What Treatments Work,” “How Can I Help”, and “How I Should Respond to an Overdose.” 

In 2019, thanks to a NM ARTS grant, military brat and artist Kelly Barnes came to New Mexico from the East Coast to conduct face-to-face workshops at the museum, and participants created a series of decorated ACU pants to accompany the exhibit, and recently, Tacoma, Washington, Poet Laureate and military spouse Abby E. Murray created a series of poetry workshops for the museum’s podcast site. 

This year, AASLH is proud to confer fifty-seven national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.  The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-320-3203, or go to

The American Association for State and Local History is a not-for-profit professional organization of individuals and institutions working to preserve and promote history.

From its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, AASLH provides leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. AASLH publishes books, technical publications, a quarterly magazine, and maintains numerous affinity communities and committees serving a broad range of constituents across the historical community. The association also sponsors an annual meeting, regional and national training in-person workshops, and online training.