Photo: El Paso Museum of History
Officials with the El Paso Museum of History are inviting the public to a Valentine’s Day event that celebrates the fourth anniversary of DIGIE, the nation’s only digital wall.
“Functioning both as a time capsule and a community digital archive, DIGIE allows for both El Pasoans and visitors to experience a unique borderland history,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov.
“DIGIE serves as an interactive experience for the community to utilize. We hope to celebrate many more DIGIE anniversaries, and invite the community to take maximum advantage of this resource.
On Thursday, February 14th, visitors can view vintage postcards from the Museum’s special collections, create their own postcards and Valentine’s Day crafts, take a picture in a photo booth, and enjoy treats.
In addition, the museum is giving away prizes through a social media contest.
The public can share the love of history by taking a picture by DIGIE, posting on Facebook and using the hashtags #iloveephistory and #DIGIEisturning4 to be entered to win a prize. People can also bring photos to the Museum to be scanned by the staff.
Since opening on Valentine’s Day in 2015, DIGIE has captured 45,781,386 touches and currently holds a collection of more than 14,000 images and videos.
DIGIE stands for Digital Information Gateway in El Paso. It is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present through a giant 3-D touch-sensitive TV screen at the Museum, an online database and the mobile Mini DIGIE.
Mini DIGIE, a portable version of DIGIE, is also available to help the Museum reach new audiences, so everyone has the opportunity to experience and be included in El Paso’s digital history. Mini DIGIE travels around the city visiting schools, libraries, community centers, and other educational institutions where citizens gather to learn about history.
DIGIE was the first project completed as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds and is one of only four digital walls in the world. The others are located in Copenhagen, Denmark; Cairo, Egypt; and Christ’s Church, New Zealand.”
For more information, call the El Paso Museum of History at (915) 212-0320 or visit DIGIE’s website.