BODCAW, AR (July 8, 2016) — Klipsch®, a tech driven audio company, announces today the formation of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association (KHMA) as a non-profit corporation. The KHMA was established to preserve and study the materials from the Klipsch Museum of Audio History that has stood in Hope, Arkansas since 1979.
The Klipsch Museum of Audio History includes the original Klipsch factory and its surrounding property as well as the archives of company founder Paul W. Klipsch. The KHMA’s mission is to preserve for posterity and display the ideas, research, designs, documents, accomplishments, and loudspeakers by Paul W. Klipsch and Klipsch and Associates, as well as to host educational activities and events.
“This is an important and necessary step in our quest to preserve the legacy of Paul W. Klipsch who is one of the founding fathers of the audio industry. His genius has stood the test of time, serving as an inspiration to myself and countless others. As we look to the future, it is important that generations to come have the opportunity to learn from his incredible work,” said Paul Jacobs, CEO for Klipsch.
Jim Hunter, who will retire at the end of 2016 from Klipsch Group, Inc., will serve as curator of the museum. He has tended to the archives for the past 37 years while serving as the Klipsch Historian as well as a product engineer and program manager.
“Our vision for the Klipsch Museum of Audio History is to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the example of Paul W. Klipsch. I was fortunate enough to work alongside him for years and it is truly my pleasure to continue my life-long passion in preserving his genius,” said Hunter.
Official efforts to form the KHMA were announced on May 21, 2016 during the annual“Klipsch Pilgrimage” which is a gathering for Klipsch enthusiasts from all over the country. In June 2016, the KHMA was officially incorporated in the state of Arkansas. Later this month, the KHMA plans to establish their bylaws, and solicit tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service
The KHMA is not currently soliciting members or funds. Once those capacities are in place, another announcement will be made.
For more on the museum and its contents, visit http://www.klipsch.com/museum.