MAMF Military Child Picture Book Project

April is the month of the Military Child and the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) will be showcasing books by and for brats throughout the month. As part of our showcase, we want to honor the military child through the creation of picture books. During the month of April, we want to encourage you to make a picture book of your life as a military child, or the life of another military child. Once the book is complete, you can share it with your family and friends. Of course, the museum would love to have a copy and will be proud to preserve and display your story.

My name is Cheryl Avila, and I am the museum’s Storyteller. I have created a picture book on PowerPoint to show you how simple it can be. Click on this link to see the picture book I created to honor my brother, Karl Morton.

If you would like to create your own picture book, start by collecting photos of the military child. If the images are already digital images, save them on a new folder on your desktop. If the images are not digital, you can take a picture of the photo with your camera and save it that way. If you have the capability to scan the photo, that would be good, too. You need at least twice as many photos as pages in your picture book.

Open a blank presentation on PowerPoint. 

For the cover of your book, include the name of the military child and perhaps a statement about the person. Click on New Slide for the pages of the book.

I used the “Two Content” option for most of the pages. If I only wanted one photo, I used the Title and Content slide.

Use the photo icon on the slide to insert a photo. You can add additional photos on the page by using the Insert tab and selecting Picture. 

I then added a sentence to each page explaining the photos. Since it is a picture book, I tried to keep the sentences simple. I then went to the Design tab and clicked on “Design Ideas.” 

I scrolled through the various design options until I found a design I liked for that page. Save your PowerPoint and it is ready to share. You can print your book or share over email.  It was that easy!

You can now share your picture book by attaching it to an email to your family and friends. You can also print out the book if you prefer a hard copy of your book. If you would like to share your picture book with MAMF, we would love your digital contribution to the museum. If you create your book using PowerPoint, it will need to be converted to a pdf to put on the MAMF website. To convert your ppt to a pdf for the museum, click on the down arrow in the box under the name of your file. A drop-down box will appear and click on PDF (*pdf).

Send your pdf to Put “MAMF Military Child Picture Book” in the subject line of your email. Please put your name and contact information in the email. If you prefer printing your story, you can send it by mail to:

Museum of the American Military Family, 546B Road 333 (Historic Route 66 next to Molly’s Bar), Tijeras, NM 87059.

All of us at the museum look forward to seeing what you come up with!

C, Army Wife, Fort Sill, Ok, 1988

Dear Mommikins,

Well, I attended the “Welcome to Lawton/Fort Sill” meeting today. I am in shock. We were handed books on military protocol… It is heavy stuff. Now I’m all worried. Gloves, hats, specific clothing requirements. My wardrobe is insufficient! I am really lacking some basics. I keep getting larger and larger in. I can’t fit into many of my things. I’m down to three skirts and two dresses!! I don’t really know why I’m gaining weight!

I joined an aerobics class and really enjoy it.

I also have volunteered for the Field Artillery Association. I start working Wednesday. I have my first dinner party tomorrow. Send me your Fast and French Recipes and Phyllo and Puff Pastry Recipes.

My menu:

Cheese sticks/Kir Royale

Chicken in wine cream sauce


Poached pears and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream.

I’m the only wife there with prior “military experiences.”

Please send me my thrift shop money as soon as possible, I need it desperately.

Please send me the nicest box of stationary you can find. I think I need it for formal replies…

I miss you guys and E– is still asking to go home to Heidelberg. It’s been hectic here!

Love, me

PS is this an uptight post? Ask Dad to ask. Commander Halliday is in charge. General Marcy 2nd in command. “They” passed out protocol books today.

C, Army Wife, Fort Sill, OK, April 1988

Hi Folks,

Well, our first day in our new apartment. It is cozy-ish. I found out that we will get our household goods 4 to 6 weeks from when we “order” them. So, things are looking up. Lawton is a small town of rip-off joints and a few decent shops. Just a sprawling metropolis. B– and I opened the cranberry liquor  tonight and drank a bottle of champagne and Boggs cranberry—Delicious! It snowed a little today. Sehr Kalt.

For supper we had ham and cheese omelettes, broccoli, carrots and Tartare (cheese.)

Well, B—is still on for Germany. His orders are coming on Friday or Monday. E—is  the only one who has a blanket or pillows – – Lucky kid!

We have the heat on tonight. I hope our featherbeds arrive ASAP. We bought an electric skillet, and coffee pot.

Love, me

PS: I love and miss you, as does E–. He cries that he wants to go back to his “old” house in Heidelberg.



MAMF Turns 10 on 3/23/2021!

Military Museum in Tijeras, NM Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Call for Stories from Military Families

by Erica Asmus-Otero
The Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF), located in Tijeras, New Mexico – is celebrating its 10th anniversary in March 2021.

In celebration of the anniversary, the museum is asking military families, both active and retired, to submit a memory to the MAMF about their military service on a postcard or birthday card.

“We want to connect with families through their stories and cards but cannot have a big
celebration out of an abundance of caution with the pandemic,” said museum founder and military family member, Circe Woessner.

Founded in 2011, the MAMF collects, preserves and displays memorabilia and nostalgic
stories donated by military families, providing ongoing support through podcasts, books,and other mediums.

“Many Americans don’t understand the sacrifices that the families of service men and
women make – how many times their families are uprooted, have to assimilate with new
cultures and customs, make and lose friends, and change schools or jobs on a regular
basis,” said Woessner. “The MAMF brings to life the stories of these families through their memorabilia, while providing a support network of families who can truly relate with the many challenges and emotions we’ve all experienced.”

Postcard and birthday cards will be accepted throughout the month of March and will be
carefully curated in a commemorative 10th anniversary album and posted on the
museum’s Facebook page: @MuseumoftheAmericanMilitaryFamily. Birthday greetings
can be sent directly to: 546B State Highway 333 Tijeras, NM 87059.

The Moore Family, Rome (and Pennsylvania) 1950s

About the Museum of the American Military Family

MAMF has partnered with Community One Auto


Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center Selects One Community Auto to Handle Vehicle Donations 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, November 15, 2020—The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center (MAMF)  announced today an affiliation with One Community Auto to increase the value of vehicles donated in support of the organization’s mission. MAMF will work with One Community Auto to promote the program to their supporters, detailing how the fast-track program works to bring in monies for their critical missions.

One Community Auto repairs and refurbishes the donated cars and other vehicles, then sells them in their monthly online auction. The online sales effort means quicker sales, getting the monies raised to specific charities to provide additional critical funding. 

“We are appreciative of the opportunity to be part of this program,” says MAMF Secretary/Public Affairs Dr. Allen Dale Olson. “One Community Auto is a veteran owned business and works hard to support military and veteran organizations in New Mexico. Even though One Community Auto is in Albuquerque, it can accept donations from anywhere in the US. We look forward to working with One Community Auto.”

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.

MAMF encourages its supporters to learn more about the opportunity to turn cars into cash to support its mission by visiting

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For Additional Information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director (505) 504-6830

Museum of the American Military Family.  546B State Highway 333  Tijeras, NM 87059

The Museum of the American Military Family has many blogs and podcasts

The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center, located in Tijeras, NM, just east of Albuquerque collects  stories in a variety of formats. Check us out, and if you’re interested, send us a story…or two…or three! We will accept short video or audio files, as well as written posts for our blogs. Query us or send a written story  to:

 Our Podcast site is at

 Audio Podcasts: Together We Serve: “Service” stories from Brats, Vets, Spouses & Others, Schooling With Uncle Sam: Teachers & Students talk about their DOD school stories, America Remembers ‘Nam: Veterans and their families share their thoughts on Vietnam, Brat Time Stories: Can’t sleep? Check out our middle-of-the-night bedtime stories, written by, about and for the insomniac Brat

Video Podcasts:  One Takes: Like the name implies, people share their stories in a short, unedited format, Kitchen Table Convos: The best conversations happen around the kitchen table,  At Ease!  Arts, Entertainment, Literature & Travel-there’s a little something for everyone…

Our Blogs:

At Ease: Books & More for Brats and their families, We Served Too

Passports & Pedagogy: Schooling with Uncle Sam; The American Military Family

Letters Home, America Remembers ‘Nam, MAMF Projects


Please send us a favorite memory!