Picnooga is the very first crowdsourced history collection of physical and digital objects in Chattanooga or anywhere.
Founded in 2014, Picnooga began as a grassroots effort in public history to crowdsource a newly found layer of scattered, hidden, and all but forgotten imagery of Chattanooga’s past. We believe that even the smallest of artifacts unlocks a larger, deeper, and a more connective story of our area’s history.
We hunt for historical photographs and artifacts from the Chattanooga area, with an emphasis on sharing our collection and making it available to everyone as a free and open public resource. In a partnership with Deep Zoom Chattanooga, we’ll be providing a searchable database of historical newspapers from the Chattanooga area in mid to late summer, 2018.
Our future path includes a incubator space to encourage new history projects and initiatives, with a public gallery for rotating exhibits and educational programs.
In 2017 we successfully crowdfunded a campaign to catalog our physical collections to present online. In part, the archive is available with more artifacts being added on a regular basis. The vast majority of our physical and digital collections are accessible on our Facebook page and on Flickr.
In an alliance with Deep Zoom Chattanooga, in the Spring of 2018, we successfully crowdfunded an effort to make over 6,000 digitized pages of historic local newspapers available online. This searchable resource will be available by the end of Summer, 2018. Digitalization was made possible by Tom Tryniski and the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
The majority of our funding comes from the public. But we’ve also run into project sponsorship opportunities from The UNFoundation, EPB, River City Company, and Epson.
We need your continued support to grow. Please give a gift of $10 or more to help sustain Picnooga’s future cataloging and preservation efforts.