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Keirn Family WWII Museum Hosts Veterans Day Event

November 13, 2017 Tags: School of Arts and Letters

Vet Day 2017 KeirnA 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 Dunlevy.

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.