Picnooga brings local history to the surface and makes it available to everyone.

Founded in 2014, Picnooga began as a grassroots effort to crowdsource a new layer of scattered, hidden, and forgotten imagery to reveal rare moments from Chattanooga’s past. Since then we’ve collected over 2,600 historical items.

Since 2014 Picnooga has been building a historical archive from scratch, introducing over 2,600 items into our collection.

We believe that even the smallest of artifacts unlocks a larger and more connective story of Chattanooga’s past, comprising of physical and digital objects with a photographic focus. But we also have a large collection of ephemera and a growing selection of objects that compliment our photographs to help tell a deeper story.

Items have been collected through direct donations and in 2017, we’ve begun taking physical items from the public.

In 2016 we began a crowdfunding campaign to catalog our collections online. The collection is now available in beta with a limited amount of items.  You can visit it here.

Most of our collection remains accessible on our Facebook page.  You can find much more on Flickr.

For even more Chattanooga history, visit Deep Zoom Chattanooga.

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. Visit here and give a gift of $10 or more to help sustain Picnooga’s future cataloging and preservation efforts.