What’s a boy from South Jersey doing writing about Chattanooga and Tennessee? I don’t always have a clear answer to that question. However, I did reside in the Chattanooga area for seven years, from 2005-2012, but my infatuation with the area’s history didn’t begin until a few years after I left. In 2014 my new found interest prompted me to start Picnooga on Facebook, sharing historical photographs of Chattanooga. The Facebook page turned into a larger effort to crowdsource, then crowdfund an archive of Chattanooga history from scratch, creating a higher level of access to Chattanooga history at no cost through the internet. 3,700+ old photographs, paper ephemera, and 3D artifacts later, the hobby has become a full-time effort. I also helped to crowdfund the digitization of over 30,000 of pages of Chattanooga’s newspapers in public domain in partnership with ChattanoogaHistory.com and the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
For the past twenty years, my professional background has been in digital and traditional marketing. A few years back my career path was sidetracked, but am currently looking for a full-time history position in marketing, administration, or social media.
This website is an extension of my personal interests. I plan to use it as a space to exhibit local history, Tennessee history, and history elsewhere when the opportunity arises. Initially, the content will be Chattanooga area heavy, but in time I hope to balance it out with stories, artifacts, and historical places from around the state.
My mother and her parents were born in Tennessee. My grandmother was born Oliver Springs, my grandfather in Coal Creek, and my mother in Clinton.