The Keirn Family World War II Museum

The Keirn Family World War II Museum The Keirn Family World War II Museum will be closed until University policies concerning on-campus classes are reviewed in the near future. We regret any inconvenience that this change in schedule might cause.

Thank you for your understanding. Open to the public! Free Admission!

Operating as usual

The Keirn Family World War II Museum            at Saint Francis University                  commemorates               ...
07/02/2020

The Keirn Family World War II Museum
at Saint Francis University
commemorates
Independence Day, July 4, 2020
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It is with gratitude and pride that the Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

That act of courage and vision provided the foundation of an exceptional nation of such nobility of purpose as the world has never seen before or since.

Guided by Providence, the United States of America would establish “A New Order of the Ages” and advance the cause of human dignity more than any other nation in history. Americans would improve the lives of more people than had ever been achieved, and commit themselves to the liberation of people from tyranny around the world – even at the cost of their own lives. And the United States of America would raise the hopes of the hopeless to more lofty heights than had ever been thought possible.

And so, on this two-hundred forty-fourth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, let us give thanks to God, and to the heroic Founders of Our Nation whose courage and faith made it possible for us, today, to celebrate this most important national holiday in freedom and fraternity.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum's cover photo
07/01/2020

The Keirn Family World War II Museum's cover photo

THE KEIRN FAMILY WORLD WAR II MUSEUM at SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY remembers D-DAY . . . JUNE 6, 1944.The American-led inv...
06/03/2020

THE KEIRN FAMILY WORLD WAR II MUSEUM at SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY remembers D-DAY . . . JUNE 6, 1944.

The American-led invasion of France on D-Day was the beginning of the end of the four-year German occupation of western Europe that followed Germany’s victory over the combined French and British forces in May and June of 1940.

The first day of Operation Overlord, as the invasion of France was designated, involved the landing of more than a hundred thousand soldiers on the coast of Normandy, and would lead to the defeat of Germany and the liberation of western Europe less than a year later.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum salutes the courage and sacrifice of all of our soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served on D-Day, with special recognition of four local men who distinguished themselves while serving with U.S. Army Ranger units at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy: Alexander Barber of Johnstown; Sheldon Bare of Altoona; Vincent Hagg of Tyrone; and Jack Kuhn of Altoona.

THE KEIRN FAMILY WORLD WAR II MUSEUM                            AT SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY                      OBSERVE...
05/06/2020

THE KEIRN FAMILY WORLD WAR II MUSEUM
AT SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
OBSERVES "VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY"

On May 8, we observe “V-E Day.” Victory in Europe Day commemorates the official surrender of Germany on that date in 1945, ending World War II in Europe.

As on the Eastern Front, the war on the Western Front had begun well for Germany. In May and June 1940, the German army defeated the combined British and French forces in six weeks. The British army was driven into the sea; France surrendered; and Germany added France and the Low Countries to its new European empire.

That remained the situation in western Europe for four years, until the American-led “Operation Overlord” dislodged the German forces from their defensive positions on the coast of Normandy in western France, leading the way for the defeat of Germany and the liberation of Europe.

And so, World War II in Europe would end nearly six years after it had begun, and eleven months after American troops stormed ashore on the beaches of France on “D-Day,” June 6, 1944.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum salutes the American service members who fought in the European theatre of operations. And we mourn, with gratitude, those among them who gave their lives in service to our country.

NOTES ON THE PHOTOS:

TOP: German General Alfred Jodl signs the preliminary surrender document at General Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims, France on May 7, 1945. The final instrument of surrender would be signed in Berlin the following day.

LOWER LEFT: General Eisenhower displays the fountain pens used in the signing of the surrender document.

LOWER CENTER: The front page of The New York Times on May 8, 1945. The top story of Germany’s surrender shared the headline with a report on the battle for Okinawa in the continuing war against Japan in the Pacific.

LOWER RIGHT: New Yorkers in Times Square celebrate the German surrender.

03/13/2020

I regret to announce that the Keirn Family Museum will be closed until further notice in order to comply with Saint Francis University's current policy addressing on-campus classes and activities in response to prudent concerns about the coronavirus.

I apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary measure might cause. Please be assured that the museum will open again as soon as possible. Steve Rombouts, Museum Director

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the opening of a new display:   ...
02/26/2020

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the opening of a new display:

"The Psychology of Wartime Propaganda:
the Art and Science of Persuasion”

The display incorporates two original propaganda posters from the Keirn museum collection that were published by the U.S. Office of War Information in 1943:

“Doing all you can, brother? BUY WAR BONDS”

and

“A careless word . . . A NEEDLESS SINKING”


The posters are accompanied by narrative descriptions that explain how each poster appealed to human psychology on multiple levels in an effort to influence the behavior and attitudes of the American people through the carefully calculated use of words and images.

IWO JIMA 75th ANNIVERSARYThe Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University remembers the 75th anniversary...
02/20/2020

IWO JIMA 75th ANNIVERSARY

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University
remembers the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Iwo Jima was a strategic island in the Pacific theatre of operations during World War II. United States Marines successfully captured the island from heavily-entrenched Japanese forces, but at the cost of 6,800 men killed in action.

The dramatic raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi on the southern end of the island on February 23, 1945, was immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. That iconic image became one of the most famous photographs in American history and would inspire the United States Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

The squad of Marines who raised the flag was led by Sergeant Michael Strank of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Sergeant Strank was killed in action a few days later, on March 1, 1945, and would later be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

A New Exhibit at             The Keirn Family World War II Museum                      at Saint Francis University      ...
01/24/2020

A New Exhibit at

The Keirn Family World War II Museum
at Saint Francis University

THE JUNE 6, 1944 ROOM

The “June 6, 1944 Room” is a permanent exhibition in honor of the courage and sacrifice of the U.S. Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on D-Day.

The display includes wartime photographs; original tactical maps; commemorative artwork; and original American and German military artifacts, many of which belonged to local soldiers who served with distinction at Pointe du Hoc on June 6,1944.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum                                     at Saint Francis University                  Ho...
01/17/2020

The Keirn Family World War II Museum
at Saint Francis University

Hours for Spring Semester 2020
Monday, January 20 -- Wednesday, April 29

Open 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Excluding days that fall during class vacations:

Spring Break
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – March 2, 4, and 5

Easter Break
Thursday, April 9, and Monday, April 13

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  The Keirn Family World War II Museum remembers December 7, 1941, when naval and air force...
12/06/2019

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum remembers December 7, 1941, when naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the American fleet and ground installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the United States into World War II.

Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.
11/10/2019

Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.

Tonight, I recognized November 10, 2019 as Sergeant Michael Strank Day, on what would have been his 100th birthday. Sergeant Strank was one of six American heroes photographed raising the American Flag atop Mt. Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima. Six days later, Sergeant Strank was killed in action.

We can never forget his bravery and heroism, as well as all men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom and democracy. 🇺🇸

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University salutes our veterans of the armed forces. We thank you ...
11/10/2019

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University salutes our veterans of the armed forces. We thank you for your service to our Republic, and for the sacrifices you have made to preserve the freedoms won by previous generations of veterans. The Museum will be open Monday, November 11, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University salutes Sergeant Michael Strank, US Marine Corps, Mount...
11/09/2019

The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University salutes Sergeant Michael Strank, US Marine Corps, Mount Suribachi flag raiser from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, November 10, 1919, in Jarabina, Czechoslovakia. Killed in action on Iwo Jima, March 1, 1945, in the service of his country.

Victory Over Japan Day    (VJ Day)On September 2, 1945, representatives of the Empire of Japan signed the instrument of ...
09/02/2019

Victory Over Japan Day (VJ Day)
On September 2, 1945, representatives of the Empire of Japan signed the instrument of surrender on board the American battleship, USS Missouri, officially ending World War II. The United States had been drawn into the war on December 7, 1941, when Japanese forces attacked the American fleet and ground installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Keirn Family World War II Museum
05/07/2019

The Keirn Family World War II Museum

Today our great student volunteers helped visitors determine if scenes from popular WW2 movies were "fact or fiction"!
04/24/2019

Today our great student volunteers helped visitors determine if scenes from popular WW2 movies were "fact or fiction"!

01/30/2019

We are CLOSED today (Jan 30) due to the weather. We hope everyone can stay warm and off the roads!

01/22/2019
Ebensburg Borough & Community

Ebensburg Borough & Community

Are you a direct descendant of a soldier that fought during the U.S. Civil War?

If so, Daughter’s of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW) Clara Barton Tent #64, Ebensburg, meets on the first Saturday of the month at 11 am at Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse Ebensburg. If interested, contact Mandy Conklin Koenigsberg at [email protected] or 814-659-5632.

Thank you to all of the veterans who spoke at our Living History event today and thank you to the veterans, students, an...
11/13/2018

Thank you to all of the veterans who spoke at our Living History event today and thank you to the veterans, students, and community who attended!

In honor of Veterans day, The Keirn Family World War II Museum had Veterans discussing their military experience, ranging from the 1940s to current day, with attendees. #History #Veterans
https://www.francis.edu/Keirn-Family-World-War-II-Museum/

We want to extend a message of sincere thanks and gratitude to the men and women who have served in the military. Some o...
11/11/2018
'Great War changed everything': Johnstown region gave much to global conflict

We want to extend a message of sincere thanks and gratitude to the men and women who have served in the military. Some of those veterans will be sharing their experiences in the museum tomorrow between 1:30pm-4pm. This event is free and open to the public.

On this historic anniversary of World War I, we remember some of our local veterans:

From the coal mines and steel mills, farms and general stores, bustling city of Johnstown and small rural communities, they left Cambria County and went into the trenches, onto the

Pictured below is Joseph P. Doyle and Mary P. McGuire Doyle. Joseph served in the Army and throughout the war he was sta...
09/26/2018

Pictured below is Joseph P. Doyle and Mary P. McGuire Doyle. Joseph served in the Army and throughout the war he was stationed in the Philippines, Australia, and New Guinea. Mary served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II with the 4104th Army Air Force Base Unit as a clerk typist. After World War II Joseph and Mary were married on November 6, 1945. Eventually they moved back to Altoona, where they raised four children.

Due to some unforeseen event,   The Keirn Family World War II Museum will be closed Friday, July 13th.   We apologize fo...
07/12/2018

Due to some unforeseen event, The Keirn Family World War II Museum will be closed Friday, July 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

07/06/2018

Due to some unforeseen issues, the attendant of the museum will be tied up from 1:30 - 3 pm today. If you are looking forward to a tour during that time, please call 814-472-3050 and ask for Jackie. She will show up within 5 min. to assist you.

Thank you for your understanding.

The museum will be closed next Wednesday for the 4th of July.During WWII, the Declaration of Independence was evacuated ...
06/29/2018

The museum will be closed next Wednesday for the 4th of July.

During WWII, the Declaration of Independence was evacuated from D.C. under the supervision of armed guards and was sealed in 150 pounds of protective gear. Until 1944, the document was housed in Fort Knox.

05/22/2018

We will be officially open for the summer the week of Memorial Day on May 30!

SUMMER HOURS: 1pm to 4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Come see our two new exhibits on wartime relationships and production!

05/02/2018

It's that time of year again - summer is getting so close! We are open this week and would love to give you tours of some of the new projects we are working on! We will be closed next week (May 9, 10, 11) for finals and then we will be posting our summer hours. We hope you all are enjoying this wonderful weather!

03/28/2018

Today is the last day to get a tour before we are closed March 29 and March 30 for our Easter Break. We hope everyone has safe traveling and a Happy Easter!

03/21/2018

The Museum will be CLOSED today (Wed, March 21) due to the weather.

Have you ever seen the movie Pearl Harbor?  Do you remember the African-American who manned the gun on the ship?  Well h...
02/15/2018

Have you ever seen the movie Pearl Harbor? Do you remember the African-American who manned the gun on the ship? Well he was based on Doris "Dorie" Miller, a cook for the U.S. Navy who shot down incoming Japanese bombers during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He became the first African-American awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism.

02/07/2018

The Museum will be CLOSED today (Wed, Feb 7) due to the weather.

This is a hard post to share, but we wanted to let you all know that US Army Ranger, World War II veteran, and Saint Fra...
01/08/2018
View Vincent Hagg's Obituary and express your condolences

This is a hard post to share, but we wanted to let you all know that US Army Ranger, World War II veteran, and Saint Francis graduate Vince Hagg passed away. He was actively involved with the museum and our students. He generously donated his D is for Dog book which is on display in the museum and he graciously interviewed with us in 2015. We are so grateful for his time, kindness, and service to our country.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/vincent-hagg-obituary?pid=187746500

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O4Hl7aQe8o (his interview with us in 2015)

Vincent Hagg passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 92 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. Funeral Home Services for Vincent are being provided by Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc. - Tyrone.

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