In January, 2014 Picnooga began as a grassroots initiative to crowdsource vintage and historic photography of Chattanooga. Since, our focus has evolved into a diligent hunt for a variety of historical items to catalog, research, preserve and share with the community. Our overall goal is to provide publicly accessible resources to educate and stimulate an ongoing conversation about our regional history.
Crowdsourcing is still an effectual method that we use to collect and gather materials for research. To date, we’ve encouraged thousands of items for donation. We believe that even the smallest of items contributes to the larger and a connective story of Chattanooga’s past.
Direct acquisition has become an increasingly important source of our collections. Up till now, efforts have been funded through the generosity of public and private support. We’ve collected over 800 items into our archive in the past year and a half.
Most recently Picnooga has begun a push to open a Chattanooga history museum in Downtown Chattanooga. We believe that Chattanooga is deserving of an interpretive venue to experience local history.