About CAHA

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association is a citizen’s group concerned with preserving the history of the SE Tennessee Region with special interest in sites within a fifty mile radius of Chattanooga.

Chartered in 1948, the primary purpose of the Association has been to foster preservation of records relating to the history of Chattanooga and the surrounding area.

Prior to the CAHA organization, there had been two other historical groups in this area. The Chattanooga Historical Association was Chartered in 1889, and the Chattanooga Historical Society was organized in 1905. Both organizations were instrumental in collecting and preserving historical records, a heritage which CAHA strives to continue.

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association offers an excellent opportunity to become involved in the preservation and knowledge of our regional heritage. The Chattanooga area is rich in historical significance, from Indian civilizations, to DeSoto, to the Civil and Revolutionary Wars up to the present.

In addition to our annual luncheon, CAHA offers programs and bus trips of historical interest. Meeting places vary with prominent speakers knowledgeable in their topics.

Membership in CAHA is open to the public. Join us and help preserve regional history!


To learn more about area history
To help preserve area historical records
To aid in collection and preservation of documents pertaining to regional history.
To enjoy regional historical tours.
To hear addresses by outstanding speakers.
To receive CAHA’s Newsletter and Journal.
To aid in publishing articles and books pertaining to area history.
To enjoy the fellowship of others who are interested in history and preservation.



Primary and secondary source materials including newspapers, diaries, letters and Census records, have been collected by CAHA and deposited in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bi-Centennial Library.
CAHA seeks to cooperate with area, state, regional, and national groups whose purposes are related which have included joint meetings with East Tennessee, and Tennessee Historical Societies and joint projects with area genealogical groups.
Outstanding materials preserved have been the David M Key Papers (1830-1903)
Among publications sponsored by CAHA are “An Illustrated History of Chattanooga” by Dr. James Livingood; “Chattanooga, Yesterday and Today”, a three volume set by Heiner Printing Company; and “A Walk With History, a bibliography of Chattanooga history, compiled by Mrs. Joan Franks, former president of CAHA.
Addresses given at the annual luncheon have been published in pamphlet form as well as in the Bi-Annual Journal which also includes articles by members and others with historical knowledge.

For more information, contact:
Chattanooga Area Historical Association
Post Office Box # 8755
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37414-8755


Chattanooga Area Historical Association
2020 By-Laws

Article I

The name of the corporation is the Chattanooga Area Historical Association (hereafter referred to as the "Association.")

Article II

Corporate Status
The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Tennessee and has sought all the rights appurtenant thereto.

Article III

The location of the principal office of the Association has been in the County of Hamilton in the State of Tennessee.

Article IV

A. To collect, preserve, and own such records, books and manuscripts, charts and other materials as may be deemed worthy of a place in its archives.

B. To print, publish, and distribute pamphlets, books, and papers of a historical nature.

C. To provide educational programs for members and fellow citizens to further improve the research and corporate knowledge of the history of the Chattanooga area.

D. To limit our activities to one or more of the purposes described in Section 501(c)(3), ensuring that our activities specifically further one or more of these purposes.

E. To refrain from participation in any political campaign for public office.

F. The Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Article V


Section 1. The Association shall have active and honorary members. Members may be accepted from any part of the United States or foreign countries.

Section 2. The activities of the Association focus primarily on an area within one hundred (100) miles of Chattanooga.

Section 3. Active members shall have the right to vote and hold office.

Section 4. Honorary members will pay no dues and will not be entitled to vote or hold office.

Section 5. Active members shall be divided into the following classes, and shall pay dues as indicated:

Life Members: No longer accepted
Business/Corporate members: $200.00
Regular Members: $20.00
Family Membership: $25.0

Article VI


Section 1. The following officers shall be elected by the regular membership at the Annual Meeting:

Vice President

Section 2. All officers shall assume office immediately following the Annual Meeting and continue to serve until their successors are elected and qualified.

Section 3. All officers shall have authority and perform such duties as prescribed by the Board.

Section 4. The Board shall have the power to appoint such other officers as are deemed necessary.

Article VII

Membership Board of Directors: Membership and Requirements

Section 1. The Board of Directors (hereafter, the Board) shall consist of not more than twelve (12) members.

Section 2. The Board shall consist of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and up to eight members-at-large chosen by the foregoing officers and voted into office at the Annual Meeting.

Section 3. Vacancies on the Board may be filled by the Board. Members may be reappointed.

Section 4. The Board shall have full power to act for the Association in the interim between membership meetings. Any action of the Board will be subject to review, consideration, and action by the membership of the Association at the subsequent meeting.

Section 5. The Board shall appoint all standing committees and such special committees as may be determined to be desirable.

Section 6. A majority of the Board members present at any Board meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Section 7. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the president, upon one dayís notice.

Article VIII


Section 1. The following standing committees shall be appointed by the Board:

Program Committee
Membership Committee
Publicity Committee
Editorial Committee
Nominating Committee

Section 2. The Board may appoint such special committees as may be determined to be desirable.

Article IX


Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the members of the Association shall be held before May 1st of each year, at such time and place as may be designated by the Board

Section 2. Special meetings of the members may be called by the president at any time, with notification of members by any such method as he/she may decide.

Section 3. Fifteen (15) percent of the active members of the Association shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting.

Article X


Section 1. The Board shall be responsible for raising monies in such manner and by such means as are in conformation with the organizationís not-for-profit status.

Section 2. The treasurerís report shall be made part of the Minutes of each meeting.

Section 3. The president shall call for an annual internal audit to be presented for approval at the first Board meeting following the Annual Meeting.

Section 4. Upon dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the organization is located.

Article XI


In all matters and questions relating to procedure for all meetings of the Association (Board or otherwise), the latest edition of Robertís Rules of Order shall control.

Article XII

Amendments to Bylaws

Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote at any regular Annual Meeting of the members of the Association.

Section 2. Notice of proposed changes to the by-laws must be delivered to the members of the Board in writing not less than two (2) weeks prior to the meeting at which the changes will be considered.

Section 3. A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board is required for consideration of a proposed amendment to the by-laws. If approved, the Board will present the proposed amendment to the regular membership at the Annual Meeting.