Picnooga Launches Searchable Collections Website

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Picnooga, the Chattanooga Historical Society, launches a searchable historical collections website making available over 350 postcards and portraitures from Chattanooga’s past.  Included is a small fraction of their collections donated and acquired over the past six years. In 2021, Picnooga hopes to have the majority of its archive accessible online.  EPB sponsored the website.

“This soft launch is just the beginning of something much bigger,” said David Moon, president of the Historical Society.  “We’ll be adding 120 items from our Paper Ephemera collection over the next few weeks and will be updating the resource often.”  

Picnooga’s historical archive is a diverse snapshot of Chattanooga’s history from the 1850s to today.  All photographs and artifacts were either crowdfunded or crowdsourced. The initial launch will include portrait examples from the 1860s to the early 20th-century.  Postal and postcards range from the 1880s to the 1960s. Included are two rare metal postcards and one made from deer hide. There is also a portrait of 19th-century popular actress Sarah Bernhart at Point Park on Lookout Mountain.  

Picnooga’s core mission is to bring local history to the surface and make it accessible to everyone.  Since 2014, they’ve continued a dedication to preserve area history.  The effort started as a Facebook page and soon became a search to find Chattanooga’s lost or misplaced history; the project turned into a registered 501(c)3 in early 2020.  

The Society has been a volunteer effort from the beginning. Over the next few years, they hope to be a full-time staffed organization.

The public can browse and search through Picnooga’s collection by visiting https://collections.picnooga.org/.  

Also, visit Picnooga on the web at https://picnooga.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/picnooga/.  



Picnooga Launches Searchable Collections Website

Earl Freudenberg: A WDEF-Kiwanis Club Christmas Party From 1951

John Shearer: Hotel Twin Of Covenant College’s Carter Hall Once Proposed In Alabama


Picnooga, the Chattanooga Historical Society, launches a searchable historical collections website making available over 350 postcards and portraitures from Chattanooga’s past. Included is a ... (click for more)

Baseball legend Joe Engel was one of the greatest promoters of all times. Mr. Engel headed up the Chattanooga Lookouts for decades. His promotions included Jackie Mitchell, one of the first female ... (click for more)

The romance of its days as a former hotel is still easy to grasp by gazing at Carter Hall at Covenant College atop its high point on Lookout Mountain. The picturesque structure, which has ... (click for more)



Memories

Picnooga Launches Searchable Collections Website

Picnooga, the Chattanooga Historical Society, launches a searchable historical collections website making available over 350 postcards and portraitures from Chattanooga’s past. Included is a small fraction of their collections donated and acquired over the past six years. In 2021, Picnooga hopes to have the majority of its archive accessible online. EPB sponsored the website. ... (click for more)

Earl Freudenberg: A WDEF-Kiwanis Club Christmas Party From 1951

Baseball legend Joe Engel was one of the greatest promoters of all times. Mr. Engel headed up the Chattanooga Lookouts for decades. His promotions included Jackie Mitchell, one of the first female baseball pitchers, striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game with the New York Yankees. Engel also gave away a house which stands today on Hixson Pike in the S ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Health Department Says It Has Many "First Dose" Appointments Still Available Through The Call Center

Most "first dose" COVID-19 vaccine appointments are booked online, but there are still many appointments available, Hamilton County Health Department officials said Sunday afternoon. Those seeking the appointments should call the appointment call center at 423-209-5399 beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m. Officials said, " If you get a busy signal, hang up and call again. When all ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Has No New COVID Deaths, 89 New Cases; Tennessee Has 2,841 New Cases, 40 More COVID Deaths

Hamilton County reported 89 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The new total of cases in Hamilton County is 36,978. There were no more deaths from the virus in the county reported since Saturday, leaving the total at 337. The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee is at 708,717 on Sunday with 2,841 new cases. There have been 40 more deaths from the virus, for a total ... (click for more)

Opinion

What's The Deal, Steve Highlander?

While listening to the school board meeting on Thursday night, School Board Member Steve Highlander made a comment that he had been teaching all day. I was a little confused and started searching. It didn't take me long to find out that Highlander teaches at Ringgold High School. So let me get this straight. He was teaching in person at a Georgia school, then came to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Open Our Schools!

There has never been a better time nor a better reason for Hamilton County to do away with the School Board. The group of nine wasted the better part of two hours Thursday night trying to decide whether to allow children to go back to school before tossing any decision back to superintendent Bryan Johnson. The School Board is worthless. It makes no decisions about anything other ... (click for more)