Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association Hosts Annual History Fair Jan. 21

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Over 40 vendors will gather their local history for the community to enjoy this Saturday at the Annual History Fair of the Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association. Genealogy, coal mining relics, Civil War relics, local American Indian artifacts, antique bottles from the area and just lots of local history will be on display.

"Also, again we will host Tracy Knauss, 'The Photo Doctor,' from Chattanooga," officials said. "If you have issues with an old photo - torn, discolored and blurry, or any other problem with a photo, 'The Photo Docto' can eliminate the problem.

"Sam Hall, the 2021 Tennessee Historical Merit Award winner, will have his website running to show the many photos of not only Chattanooga, but throughout Hamilton County. The great thing about so many of Sam’s photos – they are from glass negatives. Stefanie Haire with the website will also be there with photos from across the county."

The event will be held at the Soddy-Daisy High School in the Commons area. There will be at least three rows of tables, each having around 22 tables full of history.

"The Soddy, Daisy & Montlake Historical Association is proud of our local history and we want to show it to everyone who will come and spend some of their day with us," officials said. "If you have an interest in the local history of Soddy, Daisy or the mountain communities of Mowbray, Montlake and Flattop, their unique history will all be included.

"Do you have anything we might find of interest? If so, please bring it along. We will have people who might be able to assist you in determining what your item may be. Old photos from these areas? Bring these along as well. We will have a printer on site and can copy any photo, so you can take your photo home with you. Curtis Cecil and Kelly Flemings with the Soddy-Daisy Library will be there to make these copies of any historical photo or document you may bring. We try to collect these items for our museum.

'The Historical Association opened a museum in the old Soddy Bank building in July of 2017. We continue to strive to display new photos as they are brought to us. We make changes in the museum following the History Fair and we will reopen on March 31 and April 1 – or sooner. "

The hours for the History Fair will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They ask for a $5 donation from each adult not a member of the Historical Association. Students seven years to 18 years of age will enter with a $3 donation, and children under seven are encouraged to come, but there is no charge for them; they ask that they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

"If you have a collection of local memorabilia, we would like for you to come and be a part of this event with a display. We have people coming from as far away as Nashville, Atlanta and Knoxville to spend a few hours in the area where they may have grown up, or maybe this is where their family lived," officials said. "Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the 21st."

If you have any questions about the event, call 423-718-0528.

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