The Baylor School holds amazing historical assets that testify to nearly 130 years of educational service. Throughout its history, the school has overcome financial panics, wartime disruptions, and outbreaks of disease, while maintaining a rigorous academic curriculum. The School’s history speaks to a tradition of academic excellence, as well as overcoming past challenges and adversity, in Chattanooga, TN. The Baylor School sought out HAI’s support in capitalizing on these assets to convey its rich history, including leveraging this content using groundbreaking digital technology to engage with current and prospective students and parents, alumni, the local community, and the global online public.
Our collaboration with Baylor School began in 2019 when HAI conducted a visioning session and archives assessment with stakeholders. HAI developed a strategic plan for archival preservation and policy development, along with story creation and engagement using the Pass It Down digital platform. The use of Pass It Down’s platform will deliver engaging interactive content to Baylor School students, staff, alumni, and visitors. Pass It Down provides an integrated platform to allow users to learn about the school’s history using mounted touchpads, web browsers, and smart devices. In addition, digital exhibits will be available through online access to share with a global audience.
HAI developed an initial set of digital stories in the Pass It Down platform to demonstrate how the school’s history would be shared. We developed a mosaic tile layout featuring moments in Baylor’s history and drafted various stories to begin to populate the site itself. As part of the prototype development, we suggested four compelling themes around which we could arrange their historical assets: 125 Years of Innovation; Overcoming Obstacles; Building Communities; and Baylor School All-Stars. Each theme would include around 40 to 50 stories. Time and costs to install the hardware components for this project and system testing were also included to provide a full packaged service.
Our initiative is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 health crisis. But we look forward to the future launch of the online and in-person digital exhibits to highlight the School’s incredible legacy of educational service.
“HAI is a valuable partner in our efforts to preserve and share our archives and history with Baylor School’s current, past, and prospective students, families, and community members. We now have a real plan for safeguarding our historical archives and creating digital immersive experiences that create modern, meaningful connections with our school.”
Emmie Treadwell, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Baylor School – Chattanooga, TN