What a wonderful gift! The staff of the Bridgeport History Center got an idea. One hundred years ago, World War I started. We wanted to do an exhibit. Just after the initial thought, the phone rang.
I answered and heard the voice of Vincent Keating. “Would you be interested in a diary and other things from World War I?”
“Would I?” The answer was “YES!!!”
The Connecticut Post came into the library, and writer Frank Juliano and photographer Autumn Driscoll helped me document the occasion. The scrapbooks, photographs and daily account of a young Bridgeport soldier in World War I is priceless. The soldier was Vincent Keating, the father of Vincent Keating, Jr.
The items cannot be handled, but they will be on display and carefully transcribed. After all, the diary made it from a young soldier’s bag across war torn Europe and back to Bridgeport. We need to treat it with care!