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Wanted: A Place to Call Home

IMG_0933The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center needs your help. We’ve found a building to buy in Albuquerque, NM, and can take immediate possession with $35,000 down, and open the doors this summer.

MAMF honors Military Families—of all branches and all generations—If we all pitch in, we can help create a permanent museum showcasing Military Families.

All supporters will be recognized in the museum in a permanent display. Together, we can do this!

We are an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit. Your contribution will help make this a reality.


We’ve Found the Perfect Space for our Museum; Please Help Us Buy It!

After years of looking, the Museum of the American Military Family has found a great building in a perfect location in Albuquerque, NM.

It will cost around $220,000 to buy. With your support, we can create a physical museum and library dedicated to our unique culture.

Your tax deductible contribution in any amount will help us continue to:

Honor America’s Military Families
Share their stories
Preserve their legacies
Recognize the countless men, women and children who stand beside America’s Service Members
We are a 501c3 nonprofit with an all-volunteer Board. Your support will be acknowledged in the museum building.

It will take all of us to create this unique museum–we appreciate your support!

please donate here:

University of Maryland, Munich Campus: College of SPECIAL and CONTINUATION STUDIES

This is an article written in 1954  By MABELLE BECK (The Diamondback) taken from the University of Maryland Campus Archives. To see more materials click here.

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CONSIDERING it too far to commute to College Park, 30 youthful dependents of United States military personnel in Germany are attending the Daytime College of the University of Maryland Munich Center.

These students, one of whom is a dependent wife, compose the class of 1954 which is the first class of the college which opened in October.

Similar to the evening program which is provided by the College of Special and Continuation Studies for the benefit of the military, the Day time School, too, operates an accelerated program. Continue reading ‘University of Maryland, Munich Campus: College of SPECIAL and CONTINUATION STUDIES’


In September of 1964, I’d graduated from high school in Rome, Italy, where my father was stationed at the American Embassy. It was time for me to go to college but my parents didn’t want me back in the states alone, so the University of Maryland at Munich was the obvious solution. I was 18 with no idea what I wanted. Naturally, I complained bitterly about “having” to go to Munich! The truth was I was terrified. I’d never been on my own, had no ambitions, didn’t speak German, and didn’t know which unknown to be afraid of most. So I was afraid of everything.

I remember being driven (crying) to the airport to pick up a military flight bound for Munich. I was surprised to see that all the passengers were American college students. Some were entering freshmen like me, but some were sophomores who could tell us where things were and what we needed to do next. I didn’t suddenly get brave, but I did start to ask questions, and that’s when I began to see that this Munich thing had possibilities. I had no idea then what a priceless experience it would turn out to be.

At the UM facilities on McGraw Kaserne, I learned that our dorm had once housed German SS troops. The classroom building, labs, meal hall, auditorium, and meeting rooms were all used by Nazi Germany. The year before I got there, The Great Escape had been filmed very near to us in Perlacher Forest. One U of M classmate’s father flew bombing raids on Munich and now his daughter was living in his former targets. The World War that had seemed distant when my parents talked about it became very real to me. Continue reading ‘ALUMNA LOOKS BACK FONDLY AT HER TIME ON THE MUNICH CAMPUS’

MAMF exhibit, “Schooling With Uncle Sam” needs your Memories…

By Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director, Museum of the American Military Family

As we continue to gather quotes and short memory pieces for our new exhibit, “Schooling With Uncle Sam”, we periodically post a topic for your collaboration—

Do you have short stories or memories you’d care to add to our exhibit panels?

  • If you attended a DODDS Boarding school when and where was it? What memories stand out?
  • Was your DoD school unusual in the sense it was in a repurposed building, like a tobacco warehouse, a Quonset hut, or a hotel? If so, what was it?

Over 17, 100 people visited our last exhibit, Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family over the summer—please help us showcase our unique schooling experiences!

Please post below or email us at Thank you!

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Please Contribute Your Thoughts To Schools Exhibit

The Museum of the American Military Family is planning its next exhibit “Schooling With Uncle Sam” and is collecting short quotes for its panels. If you’d like to contribute to the exhibit, feel free to post a short, complete thought under the post, along with the school/ year you were there. Please add if you were a teacher, student or parent. Additionally, if you have digital photos or movie footage to contribute to this exhibit or a possible documentary, either e-mail them to us or mail them to:


PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185



Please indicate that all submissions become part of the museum collection.

Here’s our quote category:


The Host Nation: (Think about language classes/teachers, field trips, holidays, student exchanges)

Attention UMMC Alums in College Park area!

Screen shot 2014-03-19 at 6.23.59 AMDear Munich Campus Friends & Alumni

At our Munich Campus Celebration reunion this past October many of you suggested that we gather more than once every 5 or 10 years! Hence, the Munich “Munch” – a Bi-Monthly weekend event at various  reasonably priced restaurants to share friendship, ideas and beer (of course!).

Our first event is scheduled for College Park Maryland at the Hard Times Cafe

Saturday 12 April at Noon. A private Banquet room is reserved for our group. (Details below.)

There are over two hundred Munich Campus alumni in the greater DC/MD/VA area and we hope to have participation from ALL Classes. Family and Friends are welcome.

WHEN: 12 April 2014 – Saturday 12 Noon

WHO: Washington / Maryland/ Virginia Area

Munich Campus Alumni – ALL CLASSES – Friends and Family

UMUC Staff

WHAT:     Bi- Monthly Munich “Munch”

WHERE:  Hard Times Café

4738 Cherry Hill Road

College Park, Maryland 20740


Directions & Menu

COST: Cash Bar – Cash Menu

12 Noon to 12:30 Reception / Special UMUC Guests

12;30 to 1:30 “Munch”

1:30 to 2:30 – Munich Celebration Reunion Committee Meeting


Philip Callahan (64-66)

Class Representative / Chair

Munich Campus Celebration

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The First Press Release About MAMF’s Exhibit Coming in May 2014

Sacrifice & Service

Beer For Breakfast

Photo: A George

Photo: A George

In the fall of 1977 I was a freshman , and I was also a founding member of the Munich Rugby Football Club, which was not at all affiliated with the university. As Rugby is a physically demanding game, I embarked on a modest conditioning regime.  I would rise around 5:30 and meet friend and classmate Bill Tellman, who lived in Bouvier Hall. We would bring gym bags with a change of clothes and our schoolbooks and make for Perlacher Forst, the woods nearby McGraw Kaserne. We’d leave the bags at a hidden spot and then go for a run through the forest, usually for about a half hour or so.

     After running through those lovely woods  ( sometimes taking the Par Cours course, more often just running at random), we would collect our bags and make our way to the Harlaching Hallenbad , the large indoor pool not far from McGraw. There we’d swim for about a half hour or so and then lie on the heated stone benches for a while…after which, a shower and then a walk back to the Kaserne.

     This left us about an hour before class, so we would then go to Building 7, which wore many hats for McGraw Kaserne. Mainly, it was the home to AAFES- Europe’s  headquarters. It also had a few “spooky” outfits up on the 5th  floor ( the 3855th Security Detachment being one) and was also home to the Community Club. Also housed in Building 7 was the late, much-lamented Keller, site of untold merriment and depravity. Happily, it was also home to the  small  Kantine (the larger Kantine being near the Motor Pool on the other side of the base.) Peter Maag, a James Caan   look- a -like, and his lovely brunette wife, Inge, ran the small Kantine.  After  our  morning exertions, Bill and I would repair to the  Kantine  before heading to class. I’d usually get a pair of Wieners, Kartoffelsalat ,a  pretzel, and a beer, followed by another beer. Sometimes I’d get the spicier Depreziner sausages, and on Tuesdays, I’d spring for the Weisswurst.

     So, after a morning’s run and swim, we would  fortify ourselves for class with a hearty German breakfast and a liter of beer. It would now be about 10 minutes before 9 o’clock. Bill and I would walk past the Snack Bar, Bowling Alley, gymnasium, auto repair shop, and library and enter the university…a few  minutes  later we’d be listening to Murielle Odle discourse about King Lear mad on the heath, or Pirandello or maybe J. Alfred Prufrock.

     The forest, swimming, sausage, beer, literature, friendship…all before 9:30…a lovely introduction to college for this former New Jersey resident.

  Chris Collins, 1977 – 1980, From the book, Noch Eins! 



SACRIFICES (tentative title) EXHIBIT,


Please send us your personal thoughts, stories, and straightforward poems for possible inclusion in narrative components of the MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY’S Summer 2014 Exhibit at the Nuclear Science Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We may lightly edit submissions for length, content and clarity.  Submissions may also become part of our permanent exhibit once we have procured our own building.

DEADLINEDecember 15, 2013                 

SUBMIT BY EMAIL TO:  Military Family Museum  Continue reading ‘WE’D LIKE YOUR STORIES’

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