The Keirn Family World War II Museum

The Keirn Family World War II Museum Archival Collection on World War II
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Free Admission! We are open 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons through Friday, August 11. After that, we will take a brief break and will reopen with the school year on Wednesday, August 30. Our fall hours (starting August 30) will be 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Cody Turnbaugh (SFU, History, '19) will be working at the museum this summer before he heads to Southern Mississippi to ...
05/17/2019

Cody Turnbaugh (SFU, History, '19) will be working at the museum this summer before he heads to Southern Mississippi to pursue his PhD in History! Our May hours will be: Mondays and Fridays, 12-5; Wednesdays, 12-7, and Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4.

History Senior Award winner Cody Turnbaughh.

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.

Looking for something fun to do with friends and family who are in town for Christmas? Come by the museum for a tour! We...
12/20/2017

Looking for something fun to do with friends and family who are in town for Christmas? Come by the museum for a tour! We will be open during our regularly scheduled hours of Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:30pm-4:30pm over the university break. Remember, admission is free!

Christmas Break open days:
Dec 20, 21, 22
Dec 27, 28, 29
Jan 3, 4, 5
Jan 10, 11, 12

We had a special visitor at the museum recently. Norma Imler generously shared the story of her husband Ross Imler and h...
11/20/2017

We had a special visitor at the museum recently. Norma Imler generously shared the story of her husband Ross Imler and her brothers in an oral history interview. Ross Imler was stationed in Japan during postwar occupation. He was one of Imperial Japanese General Hideki Tojo's prison guards. Ross even thwarted Tojo's suicide attempt in 1945. Norma's four brothers Stanley, Harrison, Bob, and Clyde Claycomb also served in World War II or the postwar period. Tragically, Stanley died in combat during the war.

Pictured: A wartime photo of Ross Imler. Diane Seery and Museum Director Sarah Myers with Norma, looking at some of the items she donated to our archival collection. Photos of Norma - courtesy of John Betting.

Saint  Francis University HiPS (History and Poli Sci)  Department
11/13/2017
Saint Francis University HiPS (History and Poli Sci) Department

Saint Francis University HiPS (History and Poli Sci) Department

We continue our Veterans Day commemorations. The Keirn Family World War II Museum's Veterans Day activities are featured on the front page of the Altoona Mirror today. The article quotes Adam Farabaugh, who served in Afghanistan, as he looked around the museum: “I’m just flooded with recollections of the things I’ve used or seen.” http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2017/11/veterans-tell-stories-at-saint-francis-university-museum/

In honor of Veterans Day, we are hosting a Living History event at the museum where local veterans will share their expe...
10/12/2017
Veterans Day Event Planned at Keirn Family WWII Museum | St. Francis University

In honor of Veterans Day, we are hosting a Living History event at the museum where local veterans will share their experiences. This event is free and open to the public! Please join us!

https://www.francis.edu/Events/2017/11/Veterans-Day-Event-Planned-at-Keirn-Family-WWII-Museum/

In honor of Veterans Day the Keirn Family World War II Museum is hosting an event Friday, November 10th from 2:30 -4:30 p.m. Local veterans from WWII to the Iraq War will be stationed throughout the museum willing to share their experiences serving in the military.

08/30/2017

We are open today! Our hours this school year are 1:30pm-4:30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! CSM Joe Keirn will be available for tours on Wednesdays and Fridays! We look forward to seeing you all here! Remember, admission is Free!

A new book chapter on World War II by museum director Sarah Myers: “‘The Women Behind the Men Behind the Gun’: Gen...
08/25/2017
The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military (Routledge Histories)

A new book chapter on World War II by museum director Sarah Myers:
“‘The Women Behind the Men Behind the Gun’: Gendered Identities and Militarization in the Second World War” in The Routledge Handbook of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military, ed. Kara Vuic (Routledge, 2017). https://www.amazon.com/Routledge-Handbook-Military-History-Handbooks/dp/1138902985

The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the US Military is the first examination of the interdisciplinary, intersecting fields of gender studies and the history of the United States military. In twenty-one original essays, the contributors tackle themes including gendering the 'other', gender a...

08/03/2017

Our last day of summer hours will be Friday, August 11. We will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm through August 11. After that, we will take a brief break and will reopen for the school year on Wednesday, August 30. We look forward to seeing you and hope you all are enjoying the remaining days of summer!

06/06/2017

Today we remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice at Normandy. Below are interviews with veterans who were there. Also, remember that we open officially for the summer tomorrow - June 7! CSM Joe Keirn will be there every Wednesday giving tours.

Sheldon Bare from Altoona, PA (Listen from 7:28 to 20:18 for his story) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a9Tj5aau6E

George Heller in an interview conducted by the West Point Center for Oral History http://www.westpointcoh.org/interviews/a-screaming-eagle-jumps-into-europe-d-day-market-garden-and-the-bulge

05/23/2017

Summer Hours in June & July: We will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm from June 7 to July 28. Wednesday afternoons will be particularly special because CSM Joe Keirn will be there to give tours, answer questions, and share insights about the experiences of Pennsylvanians during World War II. We look forward to seeing you all!

Saint Francis University
05/09/2017

Saint Francis University

A flag dedication ceremony at The Keirn Family World War II Museum was held on Friday. Ashville VFW Post 4315 generously donated a flag to the museum. Guest speakers at the event were CSM Joe Keirn and
World War II veteran Vince Hagg (SFU '50). #BecomeThatSomeone

Students in Dr. Sarah Myers' HIST 301: Public History course presented their exhibits on Communication in World War II o...
04/26/2017

Students in Dr. Sarah Myers' HIST 301: Public History course presented their exhibits on Communication in World War II on April 25. These exhibits featured local stories of communication between the home front and soldiers overseas.

We had a fantastic guest speaker at the museum this afternoon! Chris Juergens, a PhD Candidate from Florida State Univer...
03/24/2017

We had a fantastic guest speaker at the museum this afternoon! Chris Juergens, a PhD Candidate from Florida State University, talked about his experiences interviewing a German World War II veteran. We had 52 students and faculty attend! To read more about his research and travel experiences, please check out his blog: http://germanhistorian.com/

02/27/2017

We are closed this week for Spring Break. We will reopen on Wed, March 8!

Thanks to Jared Frederick for this fantastic image!
01/15/2017

Thanks to Jared Frederick for this fantastic image!

On Saturday, January 7th, we celebrated Duke Wiley's 94th Birthday at the museum with his family. Duke's granddaughter, ...
01/08/2017

On Saturday, January 7th, we celebrated Duke Wiley's 94th Birthday at the museum with his family. Duke's granddaughter, Saint Francis University Environmental Engineer and Lab Manager Kelsea Green organized the visit. It was an honor and pleasure meeting this wonderful family! (Photos courtesy of Kelsea)

National WASP WWII Museum
12/08/2016
National WASP WWII Museum

National WASP WWII Museum

Cornelia Fort later joined the WASP program and lost her life serving our country.

This year, Nike designed uniforms for the Army-Navy game with inspiration from the WWII paratroopers in the 82nd Airborn...
12/06/2016
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This year, Nike designed uniforms for the Army-Navy game with inspiration from the WWII paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division.
https://www.beatnavyuniform.com/

Army, Nike team up for 2016 Army-Navy Game Uniform Honoring the 82nd Airborne Division.

News coverage of our museum!http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2016/11/saint-francis-unveils-wwii-museum/http:...
11/15/2016
Saint Francis unveils WWII museum | News, Sports, Jobs - Altoona Mirror

News coverage of our museum!

http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2016/11/saint-francis-unveils-wwii-museum/

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/ww-ll-museum-opens-with-hundreds-of-artifacts

http://www.tribdem.com/news/wwii-collection-donated-to-new-museum/article_f22fb82a-a8a1-11e6-be1d-6f476d56be85.html

Saint Francis unveils WWII museum Local News Nov 12, 2016 William Kibler Staff Writer [email protected] Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Visitors enter the Keirn Family World War II museum after the dedication ceremony Friday at Saint Francis University in Loretto. LORETTO — At the dedication he...

The Keirn Family World War II Museum
11/13/2016

The Keirn Family World War II Museum

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160 Saint Mary's Street
Loretto, PA
15940

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 19:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(814) 472-0740

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