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 Chattanooga's Enriched Society

With that title I am referring directly to the Jewish population of our city. This population had apparently begun its good work long before my time. My father was born in a very rural community in1884 and his family remembered "Leboits" - a peddler, who spoke with a strong "old world" accent. "Leboits" traveled to the most rural parts of North Georgia well before 1900, reaching ... (click for more)

Chester Martin Remembers Dr. Karel Hujer

When Dr. Karel Hujer arrived in Chattanooga shortly after WWII he was easily the most highly educated member of the University of Chattanooga faculty. His degree was "Doctor of Science", (D.Sc.) from Prague's ancient Charles University in Czechoslovakia. He received further education in Ancient Astronomy in many parts of the world, including Paris, London, Egypt, Mexico, and Peru. ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damages Listed At $15,000; Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman was shot while driving on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a vehicle when the vehicle was struck by gunfire. She  ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)