About Us

As our nation continues to serve as a beacon of hope to peoples around the world, for which we honor our men and women in uniform, we too often fail to recognize the personal sacrifices they – and their families – undergo while fulfilling their missions.

Beginning in 1776, American mothers, wives, and sisters watched and supported their fathers, husbands, and brothers as they went off to war. In modern times, military service has become inclusive of men and women, widening the spectrum of family involvement and sacrifice. Military leaders tell us over and over that combat missions could not succeed without the support and strength of the family members behind their soldiers.

That’s why we need and want to tell the story of the American Military Family. We want to inspire young people to learn about and uphold the ideals of national service and to inform the general public of the cost and sacrifices our military families experience as part of our national security.

Our modest beginning was as a virtual museum; we now have a place to which you can come, do research, meditate, and learn. We collect, preserve interpret, and share the life stories of the people and families who have stood behind their soldiers in both peace and war throughout our nation’s history. We host and manage Operation Footlocker ™.This is the official news site  for the Museum of the American Military Family.


… You can tell us your stories or blogs – of heroism, of compassion, of hardship, of humorous times, of tragic times, of special thoughts and experiences in your life as a member of a military family. We have several WordPress Blogs:
“Passports and Pedagogy” ,  “We Served Too”, “Letters Home”, “New Mexicans Remember WWII” and “Americans Remember Vietnam”

… You can send us photos, letters, documents related to your family members– past and present– who have worn our nation’s uniform.

… You can identify people we can interview or refer to concerning resources or personal experiences about military family life.

… You can inform your local school staff or historical society both of our need for material and our availability as a resource for information about military families.

… And of course, you can donate to our Museum to help us move this project into a permanent facility as a continuing tribute to our military families. We are an incorporated not-for-profit organization, located in Tijeras, NM.

Contact us at militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net for more info.

Our Website is: http://militaryfamilymuseum.org

Our mailing address:

MAMF                                                                                                                                                              546B State Highway 333 (Old 66)                                                                                              Tijeras, NM 87059


11 Comments on “About Us”

  1. gpcox says:

    I am not at all in the class of a museum, but I DO honored the men and collect as many histories as I am able. Hopefully we can work together in this quest. A sincere pleasure to meet you.

    • americanmilitaryfamilymuseum says:

      Thank you! We are still small–and growing out here in Albuquerque, NM. We know we can’t do it all alone, and that this museum is a labor of love to so many people–it is truly taking a village to make this museum develop. We want to collaborate with like-minded people, so yes! We can work together–because we collect stories, any of your posts that you feel would fit our categories–we’d love to repost and link back to your blog, of course. If you approve, we can make a photo copy of some of your posts and put them in a folder which will travel across the country in our “Operation Footlocker”. If you see a post of ours, you can repost–and link to us from your site. You can e-mail us at militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net. If you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear them!

      • gpcox says:

        I appreciate the immediate response. This will take some thinking, as so many of the posts are dear to me – especially the ones about my father, his letters and his unit, 187th Regiment/11th Airborne Division; US Army Air Corps, WWII

      • americanmilitaryfamilymuseum says:

        Take your time. Many of our readers resonate with our WWII blog or our Letters Home Blog because they had parents who served in WWII. My dad is 84 and served in Occupation Germany and I grew up in Europe during the Cold War.

      • gpcox says:

        That was a very shaky situation back then. I’ll need to check out your other sites too.

      • gpcox says:

        Oops, I didn’t realize those sites were yours – I’m already following those – so now I have all 3!!

    • americanmilitaryfamilymuseum says:

      Here’s our website. We have quite a few blogs under families…


  2. Harmon Dow says:

    Do you have a physical museum? Can’t find an address on your web site.

    • americanmilitaryfamilymuseum says:

      We are largely virtual and do programming in many venues. We are in the process of finding a ” home”

  3. Jim Biggs says:

    Do you have a brick and mortar museum now or strictly virtual? If so, where is it in ABQ? Thanks.

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