Picnooga Launches Its Collection Online

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Local history organization Picnooga will present its collection online on Jan. 14

The new website will serve as a one-stop resource for its more than two thousand objects, including historical photographs and images, paper ephemera, and 3D items from its physical archive.

  The website soft-launched with about 80 items as part of a beta period and new items are expected to be added on a daily basis throughout December and into 2018.  Users will be able to zoom in on images up to three times the size of what Picnooga has previously posted on social media, with expanded information and links to other historical resources.  Objects are also searchable and sortable by featured subjects and year.  Visitors can add additional history and share their memories by using the comments area on the bottom of each object page. Maps will be a future feature of the website.

Picnooga is the very first crowdsourced history collection of physical and digital objects anywhere. Founded in 2014, it has crowdfunded over $10,000 in 2017 to purchase new equipment, make new acquisitions, and build out the collection website.  Its mission is to bring unseen local history to the surface and make it available to everyone through technology and the web. 

Visit the new collections website at http://collections.picnooga.org/



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