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El Paso Museum of History to Celebrate Digie’s Anniversary on Valentine’s Day

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.

El Paso’s ‘Digie’ Honored Once Again

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.

Digie to Feature Copenhagen, Cairo, as part of International Museum Day

International Museum Day will bring the world to El Paso when the nation’s only Digital Wall will display the cultural landscapes of Copenhagen and Cairo from May 18 through May 22.

“El Paso has a unique opportunity to share our history with the world through our Digital Wall. By hosting Copenhagen and Cairo, our residents can visit the world without leaving their backyard,” said Ben Fyffe, Interim Director of the El Paso Museum of History.

Every year on May 18, the International Council of Museums hosts events at more than 35,000 museums in more than 145 countries to celebrate museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.

Each participating city will host the digital wall of the others, allowing each to explore the vastly different cultural landscapes. The guest walls will each occupy their own touch screen segment of the host wall, so that visitors can interact with each of the three city walls.

Public Invited to Celebrate Digital Wall’s One-Year Anniversary

The El Paso Museum of History invites the community to celebrate the one-year anniversary of El Paso’s Digital Wall with a family picnic from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, at Cleveland Square.

There will be live performances from Tonatiuh folklorico dancers, Kids-N-Co, Abe Mac Country Band, Contratiempo Latin Music and others. There will also be arts and crafts and child activities. Visitors are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy at the park.

As part of the celebration, the museum will offer free family programming and cake and ice cream inside the museum. In addition, the Digital Wall in Copenhagen, Denmark will have El Paso’s streetscape for 24 hours on Saturday, and one of the Digital Wall panels in El Paso will show Copenhagen’s streetscape as well.

“When the community approved Quality of Life Bond funds to bring the digital wall to El Paso, we knew this would provide a new and innovative way to interact with El Paso’s History,” said Assistant Director of Museum and Cultural Affairs and Interim Director of the El Paso Museum of History Ben Fyffe.

As the first anniversary approaches, the museum is working to reach 10,000 images on the Digital Wall. To upload photos, visit www.digie.org to create an account. Once the account is created, be sure to use keywords to make it easier to search the photos.

For more information or to see the event program call the El Paso Museum of History at (915) 212-3162 or click HERE

Effective Sunday, February 14, the Digital Wall will change its operating hours to the following:

Sunday – noon to 5 p.m.

Tuesday – Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday – extended hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday – Closed

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