Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center

Together We Serve

Tijeras, NM   |  www.militaryfamilymuseum.org

Mission

Our Vision: The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center is where people with shared and converging paths come together as community, inspiring a sense of place and history. As a repository for their stories, we shape the future by preserving our heritage, recording its evolution, and inviting dialogue by sharing our experiences with the world. Our Mission The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served–America’s Military Families.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

505 504-6830 Circe Olson Woessner

Development Director

Dr Allen Dale Olson

Main address

546B Highway 333

Tijeras, NM 87059 USA

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EIN

45-0935775

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our focuses in 2020 are: Acquiring a permanent facility, building our membership and providing more outreach through our East Mountain Veteran/Family Collaboration. We are actively working with Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Boards and forming alliances with local service organizations and businesses. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have pivoted to bring programming and exhibits on-line to continue reaching our supporters.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SHOUT! The Play

2018-2019--In collaboration with a Richmond-based theater company and artists, developed a play created around the experiences of LGBT veterans and family members. In 2020 will create curriculum and a facilitation guide for use in theaters and classrooms

Population(s) Served

We have an active residency program that rotates every two years. Writers and Artists choose projects to work on for their two year rotations. Past projects have included exhibits, anthologies, workshops and theatrical performances.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of classes offered

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Writer in Residence/Artist in Residence

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The museum scheduled 10 events in 2019. It anticipated holding more in 2020 and due to COVID, will move events online. There will be at least 10 events/townhalls conducted via social media in 2020.

Number of training events conducted

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Writer in Residence/Artist in Residence

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, our Artist in Residence created a play SHOUT in collaboration with several organizations based in Richmond, VA, our Writer in Residence curated 30+ stories to create and edit an anthology.

Average online donation

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participated in giving Tuesday on the official page, but board members and supporters started their own fundraiser in support of that. In 2020, we hope to increase on-line fundraising.

Total dollars received in contributions

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Related Program

SHOUT! The Play

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We continue to build on SHOUT! projects. Over the years we published anthologies and created a play. In 2020 we plan to develop curriculum to accompany the play script/performances through grants.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We:

*Honor Military Families *Preserve their Legacies *Share their Stories *Educate the Public

Having undergone the Collections Assessment in 2018 and receiving a NEH grant for collections preservation, in 2020 we plan to acquire a bigger, more modern building so we can better preserve our collections, build a bigger community, and serve as a resource to those who wish to learn more about military family history. We are the symbolic home for those nostalgic for military family life and for those who wish to learn more.

We plan to continue to develop our programs and create imaginative exhibits which invite further community involvement and thoughtful dialog. In 2019, we developed a play which debuted in the Richmond area, created a short documentary film in New Mexico, and expanded our "Inside Out" exhibit in Texas and New Mexico. Additionally, we are collaborating with UNM Arts in Medicine Program and with a VA Hospital on several projects around arts and healing. Our 2019 Writer in Residence created an anthology titled : My Hero Dog. In 2020 we plan to develop curriculum around SHOUT and produce an anthology about Cold War Germany.

We have partnered with national, state and local organizations to collaborate on diverse projects. We try diligently to show all aspects of military family life, from all branches and generations--and from all perspectives.

We have reached out to academic institutions and to historic sites in order to affiliate our special collections library with a college, and to settle into a historic venue.

Our strategy is to do quality work, be open-minded and to continuously improve what we do.

Create interesting and relevant on-line programming and exhibits.

As a small non-profit with an impressive track record, and an affinity for collaborating, we feel confident that we will achieve our goals in 2019.

However, we know we cannot do this without the continued support of the many people who have faith in us and our mission, and help us through small donations of cash and/or artifacts.

We continuously do "voice of the customer" surveys to see what else we could be doing to improve our museum and engage with our visitors--both online and in person.

We have received many grants for our work in the arts and humanities. We have published four anthologies in the past two years. We created and built a memorial to military families which is located in Santa Fe, NM.

We have become a research destination for academics who are interested in military family studies. We have worked with several college internship programs and have won some awards for our work.

In 2019- a play, a movie and an exhibit using cartooning and collaging. Exhibits on addiction/recovery, LGBT veteran experience, host nation hospitality and collaboration with the Love Armor Project and UNM's Arts in Medicine. One anthology--Hero Dog and a theater workshop for military children. Received in 2019 --Award of Excellence-American Association for State and Local History

For 2020: Curriculum development-SHOUT!, Raise funds to buy/build a venue in a better location.

Financials

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Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Circe Olson Woessner

Allen Olson

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Sue Pearson

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Arthur Harris

Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center