Brand new video monitors with touch screen capabilities were recently installed as part of technology upgrades at the Museum of the Big Bend.

The new monitors, which are ADA compliant, were installed on Thursday, February 27 at a total cost of $25,000 and funded through the City of Alpine Hotel/Motel Tax.

The Museum utilizes six video kiosks that highlight short video segments about each of the permanent exhibits.

“We are extremely grateful to the City of Alpine for our longstanding partnership,” said Museum Director Mary Bones. “Thanks to the City’s support, the Museum now has six touchscreen monitors that show our classic videos as well as the West of the Pecos Cattlewomen, Texas Aerial Photography and Lobo Legacy films.”

Bones added that the Museum now has the capability to add more videos to the new monitors for future productions.

“With these upgrades, we now have consistency, professionalism and a beautiful design,” she said.

According to Bones, one of the goals for the video system upgrades is to help Sul Ross departments tell their story to visitors, parents and students.

Current videos on exhibit include:

  • Tall Rock Shelter: CBBS archaeologists performing site research at Tall Rock
  • Big Bend: Two videos, one highlighting the creation of Big Bend National Park, the other highlighting dinosaurs of BBNP.
  • West of the Pecos Cattlewomen: video about the history of the organization
  • Buffalo Soldiers: African American soldiers who served at Ft. Davis in the 1800s
  • Film of the Big Bend: Commercial films produced in the Big Bend region

Proposed videos highlighting programs and departments at Sul Ross include:

  • Tall Rock Shelter: New archeological work being conducted by CBBS
  • Big Bend: Current research work being conducted by Dr. Chris Ritzi and/or Dr. Kevin Urbanczk- plants, insects, water issues
  • West of the Pecos Cattlewomen: RAS research, Sul Ross Rodeo, Borderlands Research Institute
  • Buffalo Soldiers: Departments of History and Languages and Literature
  • Film in the Big Bend: Theatre of the Big Bend, Bret Scott and work of his film students

Museum Art, a company out of Dallas, provided the design of the kiosks and installation of the monitors.

City Manager Erik Zimmer said, “The City of Alpine remains excited about the support it provides the Museum of the Big Bend. The Museum provides a rich history of the area and highlights the many people that have helped develop our region.”

Zimmer noted that the monitor upgrades will further enhance the experience of guests of the Museum.

“The storyboards and depictions are fabulous and are in-line with the experience people seek in these venues,” he said. “We continue to point visitors to the Museum of the Big Bend as a Top 10 attraction in Alpine and the Big Bend area.”

For more information, contact Bones at (432) 837-8145 or email maryb@sulross.edu.

Also, visit the Museum’s website at www.museumofthebigbend.com and like the Facebook page @museumofthebigbend.