The Public Library is collecting stories for the Chattanooga Memory Project. (Photo: Ashley Day)

Locals can soon contribute to The Public Library’s Chattanooga Memory Project, which is aimed at preserving stories and the history of the area.

“The Chattanooga Memory Project is designed to capture the city’s history from individuals,” Executive Director Corinne Hill said in a prepared statement. “We know everyone who lives here has their own story to tell, and we want all of those viewpoints included in Chattanooga’s story.”

Beginning Feb. 8, area residents and organizations can contribute to the project by submitting stories, photos, videos, oral histories and memorabilia to an online platform, which local company Pass It Down created.

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Community members can upload photos, videos, voice recordings, texts or a combination of these.

Hill said no memory is too small to preserve.

“We want the whole Chattanooga story,” she said.

She also said that the project has the potential to help boost citizens’ 21st-century skills, such as the ability to create media products and apply technology effectively.

Hill said:

Learning about other Chattanoogans’ personal histories will help community members develop social and cross-cultural skills, too. It gives people the opportunity to experience their city through perspectives they may not have otherwise encountered, and it captures the messiness of life that makes Chattanooga the wonderful city it is today.

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

For more information, click here or here.

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