The Museum of the American Military Family came into being one winter night as I sat watching the news, thinking about my Army son deployed overseas. I tried to imagine being in his circumstances, and ended up scaring myself more than anything else. Like so many military moms, I hope my son will serve his country proudly, carry out the mission successfully and come home safe, sound, in one piece—and soon.
It occurred to me at that instant, other military moms were having the same thoughts as I. In fact, millions of other military mothers and military spouses, regardless of nationality, or where they were located on the globe, were having similar wishes and hopes for their loved ones.
And I thought: we military families are tough. We hold it together for the sake of our kids, for our spouses, for our parents–and for ourselves! If we fall apart, it affects our troops, and indirectly, the mission. So when the chips are down, we grit our teeth, brace ourselves and keep on going. Ever since there have been armies, there have been families supporting them–and supporting each other.
That’s when I got the idea: someone should dedicate a museum to the military family! And then the second thought: Maybe I should dedicate a museum to the military family.
And so the Museum of the American Military Family was born.
We incorporated in March 2011, formed a board of directors, created a mission statement, wrote our bylaws and our business plan. In April, we launched the virtual museum and on May 6, we created our Facebook page. We took over the management of Operation Footlocker™.
We have a physical location in Tijeras, NM right on historic Route 66.
So, how can you help?
We’d like you to send your photos, letters and memories to us. Please visit our Facebook page. Sign our guest book on our website . And most of all, spread the word!
We’d like your digital media—photos, videos, audio recordings as well as your written memories right now. If you’ve made a YouTube recording or have been interviewed for topics relevant to this museum, please let us know. If we feel that they are appropriate, we’ll post them. (Please make sure you have clear rights/or the permission to distribute the media.)
Please join us on our journey—one that spans 400+ years—from before the Revolutionary War into the future. Help us tell the story of the American Military Family!
Thank you for all your support and encouragement,
Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director
MAMF, PO Box 5085, Albuquerque, NM 87185 Phone: 505 504-6830