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New Exhibit, Anthology Coming in September 2017


Last Call to Submit Your Story for the 2017 Anthologies


***HOME FRONT HEARTH: Recipes from Military Families around the World

This cookbook will be published in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Host Nation Hospitality. Seeking recipes and stories to go with them, or food-related stories. Deadline: June 30, 2017.  Recipes/Stories should be sent to:

***WAR CHILD: Lessons Learned From Growing Up In War

Looking for first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members who were teenagers while deployed into combat, adults who, as children, grew up in a war zone, or children who experienced a parent or sibling serving in war.  Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and conflicts in between. All pieces should be from a child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience. We especially would like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving. Deadline June 30, 2017

To submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at

***SHOUT!  Sharing our Truth:  An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services

Seeking first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT Veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells parts of your story that which will help others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT military family experience. Stories should reflect military experiences and/or family life.

Deadline June 30, 2017.  Send submissions to: .


The Museum of the American Military Family is seeking stories for its anthology:

 SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

This anthology seeks first-hand experiences from LGBT veterans and/or family members, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells your story and might be helpful for others to read—others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT veteran experience. We are seeking submissions from all perspectives and eras.

You don’t have to be an accomplished writer to participate. Just tell your story in your own words. We can do some minor editing to polish your submission.


What Genres to Submit:




Artworksomething which will reproduce in black and white only


You may submit up to 2 pieces for consideration


This book may be sold commercially, but the focus of the book is for academic purposes, i.e. college textbook or LGBT group curriculum. In all cases, any and all proceeds will be split evenly and go to the non-profit Museum of the American Military Family and Military Kid Art Project.


The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017

Submissions become part of the MAMF Special Collections Library.

Stories and Inquiries can be sent to the editor at:


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Museum is seeking stories for two anthologies


New University of Maryland, Munich Campus Anthology

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The Tijeras-based Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center (MAMF) announces a publication of first-hand essays and reflections on deployment by New Mexico veterans, their family members, and other loved ones. Dedicated to the idea that the standards of military service are met not only by those in uniform but also by moms and dads, siblings and kids, and spouses and partners. MAMF wishes to share that overlooked condition of our national life.

MAMF Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod and co-editors Allen Dale Olson and Circe Olson Woessner have compiled From the Frontlines to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War. It contains some thirty narratives solicited from New Mexico veterans and their loved ones to project family involvement in military action. Its individual stories reflect how the induction of one soldier, sailor, or airman involves an entire family – something easily overlooked. Invoking both triumph and doubt, transcending mere flag-waving battle-glorification, the contributors pose hard questions and put combat in a domestic perspective.

“The stories are touching and powerful,” says co-editor and MAMF Director, Circe Olson Woessner. “They represent all branches of the military, reach as far back as World Wars I and II, and cover campaigns clear up to the present. They represent the voice of each author and register not only frontline experience but also first-hand triumphs and anxieties of those waiting at home.”

Adds Paul Zolbrod: “I am a proud participant in this project, not only as co-editor but also with a story of my own from the Korean War era. You don’t have to be a combat buff to enjoy these offerings. You just need heart strings as you realize that military action is a family affair. Whenever the nation is at war, we are all involved. We are all paying a price.”

The Museum will not sell the publication and plans to distribute it free of charge to reading and discussion group participants to remind readers that war exacts a toll not just on those who reach the front lines. In fact, MAMF has already planned four discussion groups, two in Tijeras, one in Santa Fe, and one in Albuquerque in which participants can compare the experiences of those in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam with more recent deployments. They will also discuss homecoming from combat and re-entering civilian life after these deployments.

In anticipation of a Veterans Day release, MAMF seeks sponsors with donations of fifty dollars to help offset book production costs. With more sponsorships, more copies can be printed and more discussion groups can be formed. Sponsors who donate before October 15 will be acknowledged in the book.

MAMF brings quality programs to the public, all free of charge. Anyone wishing to sponsor this project or who wants to learn how to participate in a reading discussion group can do so by making contact with the Museum.