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Front Page - Friday, February 23, 2018

Library’s Chattanooga Memory Project opens to public




Postcard of four people on Umbrella Rock at Lookout Mountain, ca. 1910 - Photograph courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library

The Chattanooga Public Library has created a platform to collect stories, photos, videos, oral histories and other memorabilia from local residents and organizations. The website, www.chattanoogamemory.com, is now open to the public.

“The Chattanooga Memory Project is designed to capture the city’s history from individuals,” says Corinne Hill, executive director of the CPL. “Everyone who lives here has a story to tell, and we want all those viewpoints included.”

The CPL is asking current and former area residents to visit the website to contribute their personal Chattanooga stories and memories. Community members can upload their memories as photos, videos, voice recordings, text or a combination of these.

Hill said the purpose of the Chattanooga Memory Project is to archive the city’s history – and no memory is too small to preserve. “We want the whole Chattanooga story,” she says.

Modeled after the Singapore Memory Project, which launched in 2011 to capture that country’s history, the Chattanooga Memory Project platform was built by Pass It Down, winners of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Spirit of Innovation Award.

“The Chattanooga Memory Project will give people the opportunity to experience their city through perspectives they may not have otherwise encountered,” Hill says.

In addition to individuals, the Chattanooga Memory Project will also collect moments and memories from local organizations, associations, companies and groups.

The Chattanooga Memory Project website can be accessed from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet. All branches of the CPL provide free computer and Wi-Fi access to the public during regular hours.

Information: www.chattanoogamemory.com, chattlibrary.com.

Source: The Chattanooga Public Library