A Veterans Day event hosted by the Keirn Family World War II Museum gave visitors the opportunity to talk to Veterans
from different generations. Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraqi
Freedom shared their experiences, showed off equipment, and answered questions.
Staffed by students and faculty of the Department of History and Political Science,
families as well as other veterans, walked throughout the museum and spoke with
the vets. “It’s always nice to have the opportunity to share our experiences
with the public,” said Iraqi Freedom vet and Army ROTC Instructor Captain Charles
The Keirn Family World War II Museum houses several special collections of artifacts
and oral history projects. The origins of the primary collection lie
with Altoona resident Joseph E. Keirn, a retired Command Sergeant Major in
the United States Army.
An avid preservationist of WWII memorabilia, CSM
Keirn used his collection as an educational tool, welcoming students and
community groups to tour it and learn about life during the war. In 2014, he
donated his collection to Saint Francis University to ensure that it would
continue to be used to educate future generations regarding the legacy of the
war. His once private collection, combined with additional donations, is
now available for public viewing and scholarly research.