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Rombouts Named Keirn WWII Museum Director

July 25, 2019 Tags: Academics , Arts and Humanities , Research , University News

New Keirn Museum Director, Dr. Stephen Rombouts poses on the steps of the Museum.The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University is proud to announce Dr. Stephen Rombouts as its new director.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to educate the campus community as well as the public about the many roles Americans played in World War II,” said Dr. Rombouts.

Serving 15 years as an adjunct faculty member teaching European history courses, his academic qualifications and his personal experience as a U.S. Army officer in Europe will serve him well as director. 

Dr. Rombouts hopes to draw connections between the war and the different academic disciplines within the University. He continued, “In addition to the study of the major events and historical figures associated with World War II, we’ll look at developments that were prompted by the war and would later have important peace-time applications, such as advances in aerospace technology and battlefield medicine.”  

In addition to Museum Director, the former Registrar of 23 years will oversee the University’s archives and help preserve and maintain the nearly 175-year-old history of Saint Francis University

About the Museum

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.

Keirn Family World War II Museum
160 St. Mary's Street  
Loretto, Pennsylvania

Call for hours
814-472-0740
Admission is Free


Keirn Family WWII Museum