Historic Preservation

In 2016-17, we helped preserve our past with $45,158 in support of the Heritage Museum archives & Philomathean Room.

Our Founders were true visionaries of their time, serving as pioneers for women as scholars, leaders and philanthropists. This is why protecting and preserving the history of Phi Mu is one of the Foundation’s most cherished responsibilities. Added to our mission in 2014, historic preservation is at the heartbeat of what we do each day. Ensuring our members can connect our past and present to our future is critical to educating future generations on the legacy of our Phi Mu sisterhood.

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National Headquarters

Phi Mu’s National Headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia, a planned community south of Atlanta, was first occupied in June 2005. The official dedication of the building was held on September 24, 2005. Phi Mu Fraternity and Phi Mu Foundation share equal ownership in the beautiful 31,672 square foot facility built on five wooden acres.

After Phi Mu’s permanent home was completed in 2005, a Building Endowment Fund was established. This endowment maintains and refurbishes the Headquarters as needed. Donors may make contributions designated to the Building Endowment Fund.

 

MuseumHeritage Museum

Phi Mu Foundation maintains, preserves and promotes Phi Mu’s history in the archives and Heritage Museum located in the National Headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia.  Some of the items on display in the Museum include the President’s Chair from the Philomathean Hall at Wesleyan College, the original Philomathean badge, favors from past National Conventions, and a textile collection of Past National Presidents’ dresses. A volunteer archivist catalogs and maintains the historical collections of Phi Mu.

 

 

Philomathean RoomPhilomathean Room at the Cannonball House

The Cannonball House is a historic Civil War era home preserved in Macon, Georgia. The two main parlors in the home are devoted to displays featuring the two national women’s fraternities founded at Wesleyan College – Phi Mu and Alpha Delta Pi, formerly known as the Philomathean Society and the Adelphean Society.

The front parlor of the Cannonball House is known as the Philomathean Room, which is a memorial to the Philomathean Society. The Foundation is responsible for the maintenance and insurance of the Philomathean Room as well as the restoration of many archival items.  The Foundation also provides brochures that describe the room and furnishings for visitors who tour the house.

History IT Project

In an effort to modernize our records, work is underway to fully digitize our archives and make them more accessible to our membership. Through this project, hard-copy documents, photographs and images currently stored in folders at Phi Mu National Headquarters will be digitized and searchable online through a protected database. Phi Mu Foundation has provided funding to embark on this endeavor which will initially present 400 pieces of the collection for online viewing and also result in a strategic plan to prioritize the future digitizing of our extensive collection. The Historic Preservation Committee is assisting with this project to showcase our beloved artifacts and make them accessible in the amazing ways that 21st century technology permits.  This project will be ongoing as funding permits.

You can make a gift directly toward these efforts by clicking Give Now and selecting ‘Historic Preservation’ from the drop down menu.