June News 2014

Ribbon Cutting with Adults and Children Sacrifice & Service 2014

This Winter whistled past us in a flash– we had so many programs going on, and much preparation was underway towards our exhibit: Sacrifice & Service. On May 26, the exhibit opened at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, and 300 people came to see it the first day. On May 30, we had a gala reception and 145 friends and supporters joined us in cutting the ribbon. Guest speakers Commissioner Wayne Johnson, Brig. Gen. Judy Griego, Nuclear museum Director Jim Walther and Museum of the American Military Family Director Circe Woessner made remarks. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Santa Fe Chapter posted the colors and the Patriot Guard Riders and Blue Star Mothers created a wonderful Flag Line. It was a truly beautiful celebration.

 

Second Lady Jill Biden and Senator Tom Udall each sent a letter welcoming visitors to the exhibit.

Since the opening, we have had visitors from China, Finland, Germany and from the United States write nice comments in the exhibit guest book.

We are already making plans to travel Sacrifice & Service once it closes.

It has been exciting to go into the exhibit and see where people have put pins into a world map showing where they have lived as military families…Gentleman in flowered shirt pinning pin to map

 

 

Veteran author and blogger Sparks and his wife Judy came to visit us and to do a book reading in conjunction with the exhibit. We also had book readings later in the month by J Allen Whitt and R Sam Baty.

 

Our board members were very busy throughout the communities during the Spring.

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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.

Tribute to American Military Families Opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Memorial Day, May 26th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELogo City of Albuquerque

May 9, 2014

 

 

Tribute to American Military Families Opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Memorial Day, May 26th

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The City of Albuquerque is a sponsor for a new exhibition opening on Monday, May 26th at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Entitled “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” the special exhibition, which will be on display through August 31st, celebrates America’s rich military history through the voices of military families.

A collaboration between the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and the Museum of the American Military Family created this inspiring exhibition that through written word and interactive elements allows visitors to experience the joys, sorrows and sacrifices of those unsung heroes who also serve—the military families.

Remaining behind while fathers and mothers sisters and brothers are deployed for long periods, traveling and living in far-flung corners of the world, uprooting and relocating—and establishing new homes, friends and connections over and over again—these families often receive little attention.

The Museum of the American Military Family is on a mission to bring attention these men, women and children who throughout our country’s history have served in the background, exhibiting incredible resilience through moves, losses and stresses of separation—all the while exhibiting pride and embracing the honor of supporting a loved one who is serving in uniform.

In addition to the exhibition, a number of special events have been planned:

May 31st           A book reading by Steve Sparks, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

June 1st                        Steve Sparks returns with a reading of his book at 2:30 p.m.

June 15th          R. Samuel Baty reads from his book, Footsteps to Forever, joined by J. Allen Whitt reading from Notes from the Other Side of the Mountain at 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m.

July 4th:            Celebrate our Nation’s birthday with Poetry & Spoken Word by 4 Voices at 2 p.m.

August 14th       The film “Brothers at War” and a Q & A with filmmaker Jake Rademacher at 1:30 p.m.

August 23rd       View the film “We Served, Too” and a Q & A with filmmaker Jill Bond at 1:30 p.m.

 

In addition to the City of Albuquerque, sponsors for this special exhibition include Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Raytheon, Bernalillo County, Elks Lodge #2500, and Marriott Residence Inn.

 

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank SE at the entrance to Sandia Science & Technology Park. “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” is included in the price of admission to the Museum, which is $8 for adults and $7 for senior and youth. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served—American’s Military Families. The Museum is gathering artifacts and recollections from American military families who served through war and peace in past decades and those who serve today in anticipation of the creation of a permanent facility in Albuquerque that will celebrate their lives and sacrifices for generations to come. For more information, please visit www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.nuclearmuseum.org

 

The event is sponsored in part by the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation and supported by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information on events and activities, please call 311 or visit http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices. TTY Users call Relay NM or 711.

 

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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.

From our Brat Liaison, Joe Condrill…

Hi Friends of the American Military Family!

Hope your Spring is off to nice start for you!

… Reflection on our special heritage.     It all began as an idea:  Why not try to help others just like us and develop an organization that focuses on involving and serving those with our special heritage?     In the days before the internet and Social Media, this meant utilizing ‘traditional media’ (i.e. print or broadcast) to get the word out, and lots of phone calls and ‘regular snail mail’ to follow-up.     Tuesday, April 8th marks the 28th anniversary of the founding of OVERSEAS BRATS.     What began as a hobby has grown into a seven day a week job serving the needs of thousands of those connected with the American Military Family.

…How can we help you?   Where can we get you involved?

Facebook groups where you can meet those who share your heritage living in the same State.    Facebook groups for exist now in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC have been created thanks to the hard work of Barbara Walker Bartlett.  Just type in:  (State) Military and Overseas Brats in the search section of Facebook or ask Joe at: joeosbpres@sbcglobal.net for the specific link.  (We plan to additional State groups in the future.)

 Sponsorship for reunions.     These are possible!  Ask Joe at: joeosbpres@sbcglobal.net for ideas.

Upcoming events:    Does your school/base/community have a reunion in your future?  Let OVERSEAS BRATS (OSB) know at: joeosbpres@sbcglobal.netOSB can provide FREE help.     -Want to get a mini-reunion or reunion going?  Ask: joeosbpres@sbcglobal.net .

“Brats Oktoberfest,” Oct. 2-5, 2014 in New Braunfels, TX.

-Homecoming 2016 happening Aug. 4-7, 2016 at the Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Weekly OSB updates.            Get these by ‘liking’ on Facebook:  Official OVERSEAS BRATS Fan Page.

Join us at:  www.overseasbrats.com/membership.htm .

Have a terrific day!

Joe Condrill

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