Seven small houses sit in a construction lot ready to be moved onto their permanent location.

Seven small houses sit in a construction lot ready to be moved onto their permanent location.

Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director of the Museum of the American Military Family, has expressed deep appreciation to the Robert Rivera Construction Company for a generous gift of seven 1940s-era military housing units for use as the Museum’s permanent home. Dr. Woessner and her volunteer Board of Directors have been looking for a suitable site for the units and seem to have found one with help from city officials. “Just think,” she said,” we are on the brink of creating the first museum of its kind in the United States. We have the opportunity to bring thousands of people to Albuquerque to pay their respects to the unsung heroes who have stood behind our men and women in uniform.”

“However,” Woessner says, “we need to move those buildings and rehab them. We need to make sure they are up to code and are suitable for the programs we will use them for.”

The units will be assembled to resemble a housing area on a military installation and each of the houses will be dedicated to specific uses – such as housing permanent and revolving exhibits, classroom and seminar areas, a recording studio, administrative areas, and a library to include the collections of the American Overseas Schools Historical Society. “We also hope to put an adaptive playground in the complex,” Woessner said.

“What we need now are guardian angels,” she said. “We need corporations, companies, and individuals to help us generate funds to cover the movement and installation costs. We are launching a membership campaign, but it’s going to take a great many people and resources to bring this Museum to life.”

Anyone interested in supporting this initiative should make contact with Dr. Woessner at or at MAMF ,P.O. Box 5085, Albuquerque, NM 87185. She can be reached by phone at (505) 504-6830.


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