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.


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Roy Exum: A Pitch Called ‘The Defector’

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