The El Paso Museum of History received the 2016 MUSE Gold Award for Multimedia Installations from the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Professional Network for DIGIE, the nation’s only digital wall that is housed at the Museum of History.
“Our digital wall created a new way for museum visitors to interact with El Paso’s History and actively participate in capturing the stories and images that add depth and detail to our history,” said Tracey Jerome, Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. “This recognition demonstrates how El Paso is leading the way in using technology to encourage people to directly engage with our museums.”
MUSE awards recognize outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums (GLAM) media. The international Alliance Media & Technology Professional Network’s annual awards are presented to institutions or independent producers who use digital media to enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences.
The MUSE awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness. DIGIE competed against museums in Australia and the Netherlands for this honor.
In 2015, DIGIE won the Technology Exhibit award from the Mountain Plains Museum Association and the silver award for interactive applications in the New Zealand Best Design Awards sponsored by the Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Since the grand opening on Valentine’s Day 2015, DIGIE has received more than 19 million screen touches and increased its collection to more than 10,000 photographs and videos.
The museum staff encourages the El Paso’s community and surrounding regions to share their story at the wall by uploading their files to www.digie.org. The website works as social media, is user friendly, and easy to navigate.
People can also bring photos to the museum to be scanned by staff. For more information on how to share your files on the DIGIE, call (915) 351-3588.
The El Paso Museum of History is located at 510 N. Santa Fe St.