American Maple Museum Wins Prestigious Award

American Maple Museum Wins Prestigious Award

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The American Maple Museum in Croghan has won a sweet award for its audio tour. 

The museum beat out 200 applicants from around the world to win the Media and Technology MUSE Award - an award won by the Smithsonian last year.

"I think of it as the Academy Awards for museums," said Christine Colon, museum executive director.

John Aviste designed the user-friendly audio tour through the museum.

It describes exhibits, using the voices of local maple producers.

"The idea was we wanted to hear in their own words, their stories, experiences. I think that's what makes it authentic," said Aviste.

Here's how it works: you find the number on the exhibit; you push the number on the player, and you hear a story.

Aviste also went to sugar houses and recorded the sounds of maple making.

"We were literally walking with him through the forest while he taps the trees and that creates an immerse kind of experience for a visitor here," he said.

It's the experience that Colon says sets its audio tour apart from other audio tours.

"You're actually in your mind experiencing being in a sugar house," she said.

Colon will be going to St. Louis, Missouri in May to accept the award and she plans to bring it home and put it on display for all visitors to see. 

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