The Chattanooga Maker Center on the Move

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(Chattanooga, TN, November 20, 2018) In the absence of a physical venue, the Chattanooga Maker Center/Museum of Industry will soon take a small sampling of our educational curriculum on the road. Starting in the first quarter of 2019, we’ll crowdfund the restoration of a vintage milk, delivery, or bread truck, turning into a mobile history museum. The vehicle and its accompanying programming will be available to Hamilton County Schools, groups, and educational organizations. It’ll also serve as a resource to help with fundraising at community events and story-gathering purposes.

As with all of our creative endeavors, the local art community will be invited to participate in the overall design of the truck and educational collateral.

The Chattanooga Maker Center is an effort to make Chattanooga’s historical narratives more diversified, inclusive, and accessible. We’ll be seeking out new old stories and sharing existing collections related to Chattanooga’s industrial history.

The Maker Center of Industry to Focus on Manufacturing, Industry, Innovation, Women, and Downtown

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(Chattanooga, TN, November 8, 2018) The Chattanooga Maker Center/Museum of Industry will share stories from broader and often-underrepresented topics from Chattanooga’s history.

Industry, innovation, and manufacturing in the Scenic City will be the primary focus of exhibits and educational outreach programs. Other featured permanent exhibits will spotlight women’s roles in the local workforce and the evolution of Downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga’s historical footprint has been tightly focused on its local pioneers, business leaders, influencers, politicians, and the Civil War timeline. The direction of the Chattanooga Maker Center is to provide a deeper narrative that’s inclusive of all contributors to Chattanooga’s industrial and commercial legacy. A collection of recorded oral history will be an important tool to drive the stories.

A campaign to procure the City of Chattanooga’s surplus building at 1001 Lindsay Street to become the Chattanooga Maker Center and Museum has begun. The 8,500 sq ft building had been used by the Municipal Water Company for over 80 years. Before, it was home to a commercial printer. It was built in 1911, during the dawn of a hydroelectric boom that gave Chattanooga the nickname, “The Dynamo of Dixie”. The building now sits underutilized within the boundaries of the Innovation District, ready for its new purpose. In 2018, bandwidth has replaced water as an incubator of opportunity for new business and industry to choose Chattanooga as their home. The Center and Museum will bridge our past with the present and future, becoming an essential asset, a civic anchor, and a community gathering place within the Innovation District.

Along with a full time and comprehensive offering of educational opportunities for youth and adults, every student in the Chattanooga Public School System will be provided unlimited free admission to the museum. 

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