Fraternity Modernizes Archival Experience with Interactive Digital Museum
PORTLAND, ME (August 11, 2021) — HistoryIT and Pi Kappa Alpha are excited to share the launch of the Fraternity’s digital museum. PIKE’s partnership with the innovative digital preservation company ensures that the organization’s history and legacy are accessible to members and alumni across the globe.
Since its founding in 1868, Pi Kappa Alpha has created a community dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect, success and high moral character. Members, alumni and future-members can now easily discover the evolution and meaning of that lifelong fraternal experience through online exhibitions, images, documents, memorabilia and more.
“Preserving the history of our Fraternity and making it available is critically important to countless brothers around the world,” said Justin Buck, Executive Vice President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. “Doing so will ensure that it is appropriately preserved and made accessible for generations of ΠΚΑ’s to enjoy both now and well into the future.”
The Fraternity’s digital museum is the culmination of years of dedicated work interviewing stakeholders, assessing collections, developing a digital strategy, and digitally preserving more than 40,000 items. With those records now secured in Odyssey, HistoryIT’s proprietary digital preservation software, they are easily accessible and searchable by anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Pi Kappa Alpha is among the first men’s fraternal organizations to invest in digitally preserving, and thus safeguarding, their legacy for future generations. PIKE’s digital museum will continue to grow as HistoryIT’s team of specialists process and preserve the Fraternity’s historical collections. The collaborators are currently expanding the Digital Gold Star Memorial and exploring the preservation of PIKE’s chapter histories.
“HistoryIT is proud to partner with Pi Kappa Alpha as they take steps to fully own their history. PIKE understands the important role that preserving and sharing their archival collections plays in the process. We are honored to assist them with building and growing their digital museum,” said Dr. Kristen Gwinn-Becker, Founder & CEO of HistoryIT.
Explore the stories of Prominent PIKES, search for chapter members, family, and friends or simply explore the vast collections of photographs and artifacts at pike.historyit.com.
HistoryIT gives history a future. We offer a comprehensive set of services and software that enable any organization to transform archival materials, from whatever state they are in, into a 21st Century digital collection.
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