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In 1868, Etowah County was established.

In 1954, Marilyn Monroe married baseball player Joe DiMaggio, the first single by Elvis Presley was released, and the Etowah County Historical Society was formed.

In 2018, we're introducing 4K cinematography, streaming media, and mobile technology to the timeline.

The Etowah Historical Society

Elliott Community Center
2829 W. Meighan Blvd..
(U.S. Hwy. 431)

P.O. Box 8131
Gadsden, AL 35902

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Saturday, February 17th. In an age of ubiquitous selfies, pet portraits and images of prepared foods, it’s easy to forget what a big, bothersome and tricky deal photography used to be in the 1840s. Naturally, Presidents were among the first subjects. In his retirement, an elderly John Quincy Adams sat for daguerreotype portraits. The earliest surviving photograph of a sitting American President was taken this week in 1849 when James K. Polk, America’s 11th president, posed for his picture just before the end of his term in office. The photographer was Matthew Brady, whose extensive coverage of the Civil War would later make him famous. Even with the near universality of digital photography, some 36,500 Americans still make their living as photographers.
Wednesday, February 21st. In the early days of the telephone, knowing who had one and what the number was quickly became a problem. The first telephone directory in America was published on this date in 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut. It wasn’t a big list - there were only 50 subscribers. A little later, a directory also came out in San Francisco, with about 170 names. Today, of America’s 119 million housing units occupied by owners or renters, over 115 million, or some 97 percent, have cellular or landline telephone service. Eleven firms issue directories for the nation's personal and business phone numbers, which in 2010 already totaled more than 1.4 billion. Manufacturing telephones and associated equipment is a $6.6 billion a year domestic business.
Thursday, February 15th. For many Americans nowadays, it’s hard to conceive of life without computers. But such a life is within the living memory of America’s older seniors. The first electronic computer was demonstrated to the public on Valentine’s Day 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania. Inventors J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly developed the computer to help calculate the proper ballistic trajectory for artillery shells. Eckert and Mauchly went on to develop the first commercial computer - UNIVAC I - used to process the 1950 Census. Today, America is one of the most computerized nations in the world. Nearly 90 percent of America's 118 million households have a computer, and over 81 percent access the Internet.
First American Computer
First Telephone Directory
First Presidential Photograph