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                                          Keirn Family World War II Museum

                                          The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, chronicles our nation’s decisive role in the greatest armed conflict in human history, and captures the spirit of the American virtues of courage and sacrifice that led to unconditional victory in 1945.?

                                          Contributions to the war effort made by men and women of Pennsylvania are featured in the museum’s exhibitions.

                                            • Museum Collage
                                            • Keirn Family WW II Museum Period Room
                                            • Keirn Family WW II Museum Timeline Room
                                            • Keirn Family WW II Museum Nazi Banner
                                          • About the Museum

                                            Pearl Harbor AvengersThe Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University 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.

                                          • Plan Your Visit


                                            Keirn Family World War II Museum Building

                                            Location

                                            160 St. Mary's Street?
                                            Loretto, Pennsylvania

                                            Admission:?Free


                                            Hours of Operation

                                            Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
                                            1:00pm - 4:00pm

                                            Request a Tour?

                                            814-472-0740
                                            ww2museum@francis.edu

                                          • Exhibits

                                            PERIOD ROOM
                                            In this room, you will be immersed in the atmosphere of a World War? II era living room that will provide insights and local stories about the home front.

                                            BUILD UP TO THE WAR
                                            These exhibits highlight the build up to war in Europe and Asia prior to U.S. entrance in December 1941. Our archival collection houses numerous German artifacts brought back by soldiers who served in the European theater.

                                            TIMELINE ROOM

                                            This room provides an overview of World War II, as told by local veterans in sources including oral history interviews, letters, photographs, mess kits, and weaponry.

                                            Special Collections

                                            ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
                                            We want to capture the memories of World War II from those who experienced it or from their family members. Please contact us if you are interested in sharing your story or your family members’ story. We have oral history interviews from local World War II veterans or their family members and we are very interested in conducting an interview with you!

                                            THE JOSEPH E. & SHIRLEY J. KEIRN WORLD WAR II COLLECTION
                                            Our generous donors, Joseph E. and Shirley J. Keirn, collected numerous artifacts and personal effects from World War II veterans. Their contributions have preserved numerous histories that would otherwise be lost.

                                            SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
                                            Several individuals, including Vincent Hagg ’50, and the family of Renato Ferretti ’43, have donated artifacts, papers, and personal items Please visit the museum to hear more about these and other collections as well as the donors’ wall of honor.

                                            DONATE AN ARTIFACT

                                            Our collection is continually growing and we accept certain donation of World War II artifacts, especially from Pennsylvanians. If you have any questions about whether an artifact might fit in our collection, please contact us.

                                            Educational Opportunities

                                            As a part of Saint Francis University, education and interaction are central to our mission. Local schools, veterans’ groups, and community organizations are welcome for personalized tours.? Please contact the museum in advance to make arrangements for your group visit.

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                                            Give/Honor

                                            We offer several options for preserving the memory of World War II and our community’s history:

                                            LEGACY DONATION
                                            Give a gift in honor of or in memory of a friend or family member. You can also give donations as retirement, graduation, birthday, anniversary, or in recognition of military service gifts. The name of the person honored or memorialized will be displayed on our website.?

                                            PROVIDE AN ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW
                                            We want to capture the memories of World War II from those who experienced it or from their family members. Please contact us if you are interested in sharing your story or your family members’ story. We have oral history interviews from local World War II veterans or their family members and we are very interested in conducting an interview with you!

                                            VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
                                            If you were a veteran, Rosie the Riveter, or served in some way during World War II, please consider speaking to students in our museum. You can contact us to let us know about your interest and we will arrange a visit.

                                            If you are interested in volunteering to help with archival work, museum curation, or special events, please contact us.

                                            GENERAL DONATION
                                            You can also make a one-time donation to support the preservation of artifacts and continued student research in our collections.

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