Meetings & Upcoming Events



CAHA is pleased to announce that we have found a new location for our meetings. the First Presbyterian Church, 554 Mccallie Avenue. We will be holding our meetings in the Chapel which is easy to access (no steps). Parking will also be easier and at no cost. Many of you will remember the Medical Arts Building and its parking lot; that building and the parking lot are now part of the church. For those who are not familiar with the area, the sanctuary is on the corner of Mccallie and Douglas; next to the church is a tall building, The Tower, and there is a small driveway between it and the larger building which is now owed by UTC. If you cannot find the driveway, call Marti at 423 595-4468; we will get you to the meeting.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Jay Mills with the National Park Partners of Chickamauga Chattanooga Moccasin Bend will speak about "The Archaeology and History of Moccasin Bend." Moccasin Bend has a rich history that Mr. Mills will discus in his presentation.

Saturday, September 14, 2024

Linda Hershey will be the speaker at the CAHA Annual Meeting. She will speak about "The Scopes Trial." Linda Hershey is a court reporter and she will do her presentation on the Scopes Trial based on the court reporters who were present at the trial. The CAHA Annual Meeting Luncheon will take place at The Mountain City Club at their new location downtown. Invitations for the Annual Meeting will be sent to CAHA members in the mail


Monday, May 13, 2024, 6 P.M.The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Curtis Coulter spoke about "The Origins of Hamilton County and the History of Sale Creek." Mr. Coulter will discuss the earliest settlements in Hamilton County and how Sale Creek had some of the earliest county settlers.

Monday, April 8, 2024, 6 P.M.The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Maurice Nicely spoke about his book Forging A New South: The Life of General John T. Wilder, which is a comprehensive picture fo Genaral Wilder's life.

Monday, March 11, 2024, 6 P.M.The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Anthony Hodges will speak about "Civil War Medicine and Early Chattanooga Hospitals." Mr.Hodges will give insight into medical practices <strongduring the Civil War.

Monday, February 12, 2024, 6 P.M. The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Retired City Court Judge Russel Bean will speak about "The History of Chattanooga City Court. Judge Bean was City Court Judge from 2000 until 2022. This meeting will take place at the usual meeting place at the First Presbyterian Church.

Monday, January 8, 2024, 6 P.M. The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Rodney Van Valkenburg will speak about "The 100th Anniversary of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre". Rodney is the current Executive Director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. This meeting will take place at the usual meeting place at the First Presbyterian Church.

There will not be a meeting in December 2023.

Monday, November 13, 2023, 6 P.M.

Gay Moore will speak about ''The History of Forrest Hills Cemetery.'' This meeting will take place at the usual meeting place at the First Presbyterian Church

Monday, October 9, 2023, 6 P.M.

Monday, October 9, 2023, Mike Loftin will speak about ''The History of Newspaper Work in Tennessee." Mr. Loftin is retired from the newspaper. This meeting will take place at the usual meeting place at the First Presbyterian Church.

Monday, September 11, 2023, we will be meeting at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain instead of at the First Presbyterian Church. 6 P.M.

Dr. Charles M. Hubbard will speak about "Lincoln's Dilemma: Slavery, Morality, and Politics." The meeting will be at Alexian Village at 437 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN 37377. There will be light refreshments and food and an artifact table at the event. Mr. Hubbard is the Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy. He is Professor of History and Lincoln Historian at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate, TN.

No program in August

No program in July

Monday, June 12, 2023, 6 P.M.

Sam Hall will present a hstory of Chattanooga in pictures.

Monday, May 15, 2023, 6 P.M. The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Shannon Nelms will share with us the hisory of the Lodge Cast Iron Cmpany; every Southern household has a piece of their cookware. One of our members recently toured their new museum and highly recommends this program.

Annual Luncheon will be on Saturday, April 22nd , Mountain City Club, 11:30am-1:00pm. Mark your Calendar; more details and speaker information soon!

Monday, March 13, 2023, 6 P.MThe First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Tyler Boyd will help us cel>ebrate Women's History Month with an intriguing story of Nellie Kenyon

Monday, February 13, 2023, 6 P.M.The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Morty Lloyd who basically grew up at Lovell Field will discuss the history of Aviation in Chattanooga.

Monday, January 10, 2023, 6 P.M.The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Linda Mines entertains and educates on the history of Speakeasies, Bootleggers and Prohibition in Chattanooga

Monday, November 14, 2022, 6 P.M.

Dr. Warren Dockter, President & CEO of the East Tennessee Historical Society, located in Knoxville, will speak on the work the ETHS is doing around the region, learn the origins of the word Tennessee, and hear about Dr. Dockter's trip to Great Britain. This will be an interesting and informative speech; we will look forward to hearing Dr. Dockter.

Monday, October, 10th, 6 P.M.

State Representative Greg Martin will speak about young Sam Houston. Greg is one of our favorite speakers and will not disappoint us with this presentation. This is not a lecture about the Alamo, but we will learn how the young Sam Houston grew into the role of Governor of Tennessee, 1st President of the Republic of Texas, and US Senator.

Monday, September 19th, 6:00pm The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Avenue.

Judge Neil Thomas, will explain how the March, 1906 lynching of Ed Johnson is tied to the Supreme Court's decision in returning abortion laws to the states. The Judge will also give us a brief overview of how the Court functions, and the influence the Ed Johnson decision has had on the Court.

No program in August

No program in July

Monday, June 13, 2022, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN.

David Cooper will discuss the 6 churches in Chattanooga during the Civil War. David is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church and for many years was a writer with the Chattanooga Free Press (now the Chattanooga Times Free Press). This program is a repeat for those who missed the March meeting. Several people were very disappointed in missing David's excellent presentation. David has kindly agreed to make his presentation again.

Monday, May 9, 2022, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN.

David Carroll will discuss his new book, Hello. Chattanooga, Famous People who have visited the TN Valley

Saturday, Apr. 23, 11:30 AM, Chattanooga, TN.

Annual Luncheon, Jim Ogden, General Ulysses S. Grant's stay in Chattanooga

Monday, Mar., 14, 2022, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN.

David Cooper, Chattanooga's Churches at the time of the Civil War

Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN.

Maurice Nicely, Power Point of downtown Historic Buildings

Monday, Jan., 10 2022, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN.

Judge Neil Thomas will tell about "...the rest of the story...". Ed Johnson and Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, "The Great Dissenter"

No program in December

Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN.

Chattanoogans are very familiar with "Hey, Earl"; that is Earl Freudenberg!! Earl spent over 50 years in radio news and has interviewed hundreds of business leaders, ministers, and politicians - the shakers and movers of Hamilton County. The Tennessee Legislature honored Earl at his retirement. In recent years, he has been inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. Earl will tell us some stories we either have not heard or will enjoy hearing again.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 PM, John Brown's Tavern, 703 Brown's Ferry Road.

Tricia Mims, the Executive Director of the National Park Partners, will present the history surrounding the Tavern and will let us know about its future. John Brown, a Cherokee businessman, built the Tavern in 1803 which makes it the oldest structure in Chattanooga. Its historical importance includes both American Indian and Civil Wars and the Trail of Years. It is on the National Register of historic places and is included as a stop of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

Saturday, August 7, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Annual luncheon at the Mountain City Club.

Monday, June 21, 6 PM, The First Presbyterian Church, 554 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN. .

Gay Morgan Moore is the author of Chattanooga's St. Elmo and Chattanooga's Forest Hills Cemetery. She will present the founding and history of the St. Elmo area.

Tuesday, May 4, 6 PM, John Brown's Tavern, 703 Brown's Ferry Road.

Postponed until July because of rain.

November 10 , 2020, 6 P.M. 6th Cavalary Museum 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, GA312901312901 

Tour of the Museum. Executive Director, Chris McKeever lead a tour. $5.00 donation suggested. The Museum is dedicated to the history of the Fighting Sixth Cavalry and has memorabilia and relics from World War II, the Women's Army Corps, a prisoner of war camp and the Black non-commisioned officers; all these groups were stationed at Fort Oglethorpe. A few of the people stationed at Fort Oglethorpe included Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower as well as General George Patton, Bing Crosby and Lana Turner.

Monday, October 12, 2020 Bragg Reservation, 6 P.M.

Bragg Reservation on South Crest Road. Bring a lawn chair. Jim Ogden, Historian of the Chickmauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, will be speaking of "The President visits the Army: Jeff Davis at Chattanooga, October, 1863"

September, 2020, Medal of Honor Museum Tour

Tour of the Museum at it's new site

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 11:30 AM at the Mountain City Club

The speaker will be Marsha Mullin, Vice-President of Collections and Research, Chief Curator from The Hermitage and will be discussing President and Mrs. Andrew Jckson as know throught their letters and other collections.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Cancelled because of the pandemic..

Mar. 9, 2020

Marshall Bandy will present WFLI, the golden oldies can still be heard.
Feb. 10, 2020

Naurice Nicely will discuss his latest book, Hoffa In Tennessee: The Chattanooga Trial That Brought Down an Icon
Jan 6, 2020

County Commissioner Greg Martin on Religion in Politics, 1st Amendment, Our Founding Fathers
Nov. 11, 2019

CAHA willl join with National Park Partners at the IMAX Theater at 7PM. Dr. Tim Smith from UT Martin will present the program "Chickamauga Battlefield and the Civil War Reconciliation Movement."
Nov. 4, 2019

Peter Stark, author of Young Washington, How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father
Oct. 7, 2019

The trail of Tears presented by Dr. John McBride, Professor of History at Baylor School and Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Tenenessee at Chattanooga

Sept. 9, 2019

Engle Stadium presented by Janna Jahn
June, July & August no meetings

May 6, 2019

Field trip to the newly redecorated Read House Hotel. It will include the history of the Read House and a tour. The management of the Read House requests that anyone with special memories of the Read House including Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, prom nights, etc. contact Tyler Logue at 478-972-6611 or

April 6, 2019

Annual Luncheon at the Mountain City Club.

Mar 4, 2019

Kris Erskine, Professor at UTC, will discuss his research on bakeries in the Southeast - Baking Cookies in Chattanooga

February 4, 2019

Rita Waller, the first African-American female to graduate and be commissioned by UTC'c ROTC program will describe her service in the United States Marines and the United States Army.

January 14, 2019, 6 PM Chattanooga Downtown Library

Commissioner Greg Martin will discuss the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution which prohibited the sale of alcohol; it passed on January 16, 1919.

November 12, 2018, 6 PM Chattanooga Downtown Library

Retired Army General Raines discussed "Vietnam Revisited" and the Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

October 15, 6 PM Chattanooga Downtown Library

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and history of railroads in Chattanooga

September 24, 6PM Chattanooga Downtown Library

Dr. Michael Birdwell, Professor at Tennessee Tech, on Alvin York, his actions in WWI and his life afterwards.

September 10, 2018, 6 PM Chattanooga Downtown LIbrary

Dr. Kody Cooper, UTC "" The Jeffersonian Constitution: Enduring Myths & Truths

May 7, 6 PM Chattanooga Downtown Library

Author Dr. Nancy McEntee will present and sign her book, Haversacks, Hardtack & Unserviceable Mules, The Civil War Journey of a Union Quartermaster in Tennessee

Saturday, April 6, Annual Luncheon at the Mountain City Club

The History of the Jack Daniels Distillery

Monday, March 19, 6 P.M. Chattanooga Bessie Smith Hall. Free parking is available adjacent to the building.

A presentation on the 112th anniversary of the death of Ed Johnson on the Walnut Street Bridge

Monday, February 19, 6 P.M. Chattanooga Public Library

County Commissionner Greg Martin on Alexander Hamilton

Monday, January, 22, 2018, 6 P.M. Chattanooga Public Library

Dr. Duke Richey, History Professor at McCallie School. Ralph McGill: A Conscious Voice From Chattanooga to the Segregated South.
Monday, December 4, 6 P.M. Chattanooga Public Library

John Scales, Author presenting and signing his new book "The Campaigns & Battles of General Nathan Bedford Forrest: Kentucky to Chickamauga, 1861-1863"

Monday, November 13, 6 P.M. Chattanooga Public Library

Terry Reynolds,
A Brief History of Surface Transportation

October 7, A special Saturday evening event

"Dinner on the Diner"

Railroad Museum 6:00 PM. Open to the first 40 members to sign up. Program by Mark Brainerd discussing culinary services on the trains in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

September 18, Maury Nicely

Patten Parkway, Cameron Hill and Underground Chattanooga

August 28, 6 PM Chattanooga Downtown Library

Mary Guffey, Dayton and Rhea County historian will discusss the Scopes Trial. Her great-grandfather was a physician who treated William Jennings when he collapsed. She has many interesting facts to share.

Saturday, June 10, 11:00 AM, Audobon Acres

Home of the C. F. Blevins Avian Jewels Collection, which includes exact replicas of eggs of over 1100 species of birds. There are also Indian artifacts and items from early settlers.

Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 PM

Minnie d'Erlanger Churchill tells the story of the d'Erlangers and the Churchills. She is the great granddaugher of the Baroness Erlanger and was married to the grandson of the late Sir Winston Churchill.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 11:30 A.M. Annual Luncheon, Mountain City Club

Dr. Michael Birdwell, Tennessee and World War 1

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, 6 P.M. Public Library

Chattanooga Vintage Dancers

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, Public Library

Kelley Cureton, Chattanooga Whiskey Company

The history of distilling whiskey in Chattanooga

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, 6 P.M. Public Library

Justsin Strickland, History of the Terminal Station in Chattanooga

Monday, October 17, 2016, 6 P.M. Public LIbrary

Georgiana Kotarski, Chattanooga Ghost Stories

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:30 A.M., Baylor School

Baylor is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. There will be a history discussion with an optional tour of the campus and lunch.

Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Gordon Belt from the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The role the Library plays in collecting and preserving our state's history. You will be surprised at some of the items housed in the library.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, Noon,

Annual Luncheon

Mountain City Club

Monday, Februrary 1, 2016, 6:00 pm, Public Library, Jerry Summers, author of

Rush to Justice? Tennessee's Forgotten Trial of the Century 1958 - Schoolfield

Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:00 pm, Public Library

George Ricks, mamber of the Hamilton County School Board

Our first public school and the affect it has had our community

Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library,

Dr. Andrea Becksvoort

The Dixie Highway and the Progressive Era.

Monday, October 12, 2015, 5:45 pm,

Linda Mines, County Historian

Will Conduct a Field Trip to the Brainerd Mission.

Bring a folding chair. Brainerd Road to Eastgate Mall. Turn between Starbucks & Fed Ex.

Pass Goodyear & 5700 Bldg. Mission abuts the 5700 Bldg. Park across the street.

Monday, October 5, 2015, 8:00 pm,

Dr. Adam King will give a presentation entitled “Gradiometers, Mounds and Copper Plates: Piecing Together a History of the Etowah Site.”

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Friends of Moccasin Bend

UC Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Jim Ogden, Chickamauga-Chattanooga Military National Park Historian

The Arrival of the First Railroad in Chattanooga - The Tunnel Hill, GA Story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2015, 4:30-6:30 pm, B'Nai Zion Synagogue (parking in rear)

Inspection and repair of Torah Scrolls by a Rabbi Yochanan Salazar, a Sofer, a qualified scribe trained in restoring Torah Scrolls. A unique and unusual opportunity for the Public and the CAHA membership.

Monday, June 1, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Dr. Smith Murray

An Interview with Shelby Foote.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Dr. Richard Jantz, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Kennewick Man, Smithsonian Magazine, September, 2014

Monday, April 6, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library

John Shearer

Haunts of Chatttanooga's Rich cand FamourMoccassin Bend

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:30 am, Chattanooga Choo Choo Roosevelt Room.


The History of the Macclellan Family and it's Contribution fo Chattanooga. Hugh Maclellan and Tom McCallie will be the Presenters.

Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Lawrence Alexander, Archeologist

Studies on Moccassin Bend and how it could merge with the National Park"

Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Ken Rush, Curator of the Duckktown Museum

"The Story of Copper Hill and the Ducktown Basin "

Thurs-Sat., November 6-8, 2014, UTC

"Symposium of the 19th Century Press"

(Raccoon Room, University Center)

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:00 pm, Public Library

"Tour of the Chattanooga History Center"

(across the plaza from the Aquarium)

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Linda Mines

"The War of 1812"

Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Clark White, PhD

"The Jazz Age in Chattanooga"

Monday, August 4, 2014, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Tom Griscom

"Honoring the Life and Remembering the Legacy of U.S. Senator Howard Baker"

Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:00 pm, Public Library

Dr. Jim Ward, Retired UTC Professor of History

"History of Railroads"

Monday, April, April 7, 2014 6:00 pm. Public Library

Dr. Jan Simek, President Emeritus of the University of Tennessee system

"Cumberland Plateau Cave Art

Monday, March 3, 2014 6:00 pm, Public Library

Sanford Winer "The Jewish Community's Contribution To Chattanooga's Economic Development

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 11:30 am, Choo Choo Imperial Ballroom

Annual Meeting: Ned Irwin, speaker

"Bottling Gold: Chattanooga's Coca Cola Fortunes"