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Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for RFTW


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Our Museum is looking for memoirs for our Anthology

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Military Spouse Group to Form in Tijeras

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The Wall

Shaun Schipper is a songwriter who has just recorded an album, Vietnam


I walk along The Wall, tears fill my eyes

over 58,000 men and women, in Nam, they lost their lives

over 58,000 fellow Americans, they never made it home

over 58,000 buddies, their names carved on this stone

walking along The Wall, I drop down on my knees

I put my hand on that stone, on a name in front of me

I hold my hand on that stone, shaking and overwhelmed

if it wasn’t for this hero, I’d never had made it home

with paper and with pencil, I rub out my buddies name

he died a hero, he died and I was saved

I remember it like yesterday, can’t leave the past behind

my name should be upon The Wall, not this buddy of mine

I walk along The Wall, tears fill my eyes

over 58,000 men and women, in Nam, they lost their lives

Shaun Schipper

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Papermaking Workshop for Veterans in Albuquerque, NM

The Museum of the American Military Family, Off Center Arts and the College of Santa Fe present a transformational papermaking workshop “From Flags to Fatigues” made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and New Mexico Arts Commission. This program is inspired by the nationally-recognized Combat Paper Project.

Combat Veterans share a commonality of experience in the military world. After re-entering civilian and family life, and through working in small groups of fellow Veterans, creativity and transformation can be a catharsis for participants, both on an individual and group level. By deconstructing their old uniforms and transforming them into paper, Veterans participate in a healing mix of process and outcome. By making unique prayer flags out of their used fatigues, Veterans can create beauty, while working through painful experiences and memories.

No artistic background is necessary– all that is needed is an openness to share in this unique opportunity. Workshops consist of three Sunday sessions, and it is important for participants to attend all three sessions, which will be held at Off Center Arts (808 Park Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102)

There will be two workshops: one for male Veterans and one for female Veterans, and there will be a joint exhibit of their work during April at Off Center Arts. Male workshop dates are: January 29, February 5, and 12 from 10:00-4:30 and female workshop dates are: March 19, 26 and April 2 from 10:00-4:30.

Veterans are encouraged to bring cotton fatigues and t-shirts, which were worn during their military service. Lunch, papermaking equipment and all other materials will be provided. Participants should dress in clothing and shoes that can get wet, as papermaking is a messy and fun process.

Instructor Claire Lissance has a counseling background, and has been a hand papermaker since 1986. Her connection and dedication to the Veteran’s community began in 2002 when she began an arts program at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. Registration will be through the instructor. Her phone number is 505-450-1357. Email:   cdlune@aol.com


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Memorial Honoring Military Families Coming to Santa Fe

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) in Tijeras and the New Mexico National Guard Museum in Santa Fe are partnering together to create a unique memorial dedicated to America’s military families.

Construction began on the memorial on November 10 on the National Guard Museum grounds and will continue over the next few months.

Conceived by MAMF Director Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, the memorial consists of a small 8 x 10 house with five display windows, each showing an aspect of the military family—parents and grandparents, spouses and partners, children, active duty and veterans.  Visitors will be able to see artifacts and photos representing all eras and branches of military families through the windows.

“People from across the country have sent us artifacts and photographs over the past year for this memorial,” Woessner says, “I don’t know of any other memorial like this—it’s in the shape of a house –honoring the countless men, women and children who ‘kept, and continue to keep, the home fires burning’ while their loved ones are away in service to their country. There’s no better tribute than honoring heart and home and families.

“MAMF Museum board members and dedicated volunteers have created this wonderful tribute through grassroots efforts of fundraising, individual donations and a small grant from the Kerr Foundation. We still need about $3,000 to complete the project, so donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. All contributors will be acknowledged on the memorial signage”

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF) and the New Mexico National Guard Museum are proud to honor America’s Hometown Heroes by collaborating on this project.

For more information about the memorial, please email militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net or call: (505) 504-6830.

mamf-military-family-memorialMail to:

Museum of the American Military Family

Attn.: Memorial Fund

PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185

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A Buck A Brat Dandelion Challenge