History Makers Award Honors the McCallie Family Legacy

Awards Ceremony November 6

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Chattanooga History Center has announced that its 8th Annual History Makers Award will honor The McCallie Family Legacy. 

The award recognizes local individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to Chattanooga, the region, the state, or the country.  Past honorees include; Ruth Holmberg, Rev. Paul McDaniel, and Dalton Roberts; Mr. & Mrs. Jack T. Lupton and the Lyndhurst Foundation; the Howard High School Student Led Sit-Ins of 1960;  Fletcher Bright and the Dismembered Tennesseans; the Legacy of the William E.

Brock, Sr. Family; Chattanooga Venture and Vision 2000; and the Legacy of Mose and Garrison Siskin.  

The award, represented by an original sculpture by Cessna Decosimo, will be presented at a luncheon at 11:30am-1:00pm, Wednesday, November 6th, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  The History Makers Luncheon is the History Center’s only operations fund raiser of the year.  Individual reservations will be accepted beginning October 1st.  Table sponsorships are available.  For information, call 265-3247.

The Honoree

"I was brought to Chattanooga, Tenn, or as it was then more commonly called, Ross' Landing, March 1841..."

In his 1901 memoir looking back on a life sustained by family, faith, and moral conviction, T.H. McCallie, the grandson of Scottish immigrants, son of one of Chattanooga's first merchants, and himself a Presbyterian minister during the Civil War, described the core of a family and of the community of Chattanooga and the ways these two grew together.  His emphasis on finding a middle ground, on being of service, and on understanding grace in the face of turmoil became the themes upon which later McCallie generations built schools, developed hospitals, preserved land, and fought for social justice.  Such is also the story of our city.


Chester Martin Remembers Pollution In The City

Ever since Man found out how to cook there has been atmospheric pollution by the human race. Chattanooga used to be much more polluted than it is today. In fact, Chattanooga is immaculately clean now compared to a few decades ago. Even so, I never really thought of our town as being   "dirty". Back in the 1960's and well into the '70's you could drive into town through ... (click for more)

Chester Martin Remembers His Father, Woodfin B. Martin

There was   never a more conservative man who walked the earth than my dad - and he would be proud of that fact, if not boastful. When I was seven, and at a family gathering of some sort, my cousin, Bill Leath, would ask his father for a dime (for ice cream), and get a quarter. I, on the other hand, would ask my dad for a dime and get a nickel! Also, my dad would boast of ... (click for more)

Large Hole Develops In Lane Of I-24 Eastbound Over Chestnut Street; Emergency Repair Undertaken

 A large hole developed in the I-24 eastbound bridge over Chestnut Street in Chattanooga on Sunday evening. Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said, "The hole is such that we are having to close a lane to protect traffic.  This will cause a significant backup in traffic, especially given the holiday.  "This is the same bridge, but different location that we recently did ... (click for more)

12 Lost Hikers Rescued At Rainbow Lake, Edwards Point

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Parking Discrimination Downtown

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Roy Exum: One Nameless Ghost

One hundred years ago the United States was at war. The most intense fighting during World War I was on what was called The Western Front. The Germans wanted to invade France from the north and in order to do it, they had to push through Flanders province in Belgium. It has been described as a hell unequalled in raw hand-to-hand combat, In just four months on Flanders fields, ... (click for more)