Chieftains Launches New Essay Contest for Local 8th Graders

The Chieftains Essay Contest has been established to encourage young people to connect with the history of northwest Georgia and the relationship between European settlers and the Cherokee who had farms, homes, and businesses here.

Essays will be judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, citation of sources, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.


Major Ridge, a Cherokee leader, and William McIntosh, a Creek leader, came to similar conclusions about the need to leave Georgia for development by white settlers.  The writer should either support the Indian leaders’ conclusions or write in opposition, giving other possible strategies for dealing with the encroachment of the settlers on Cherokee and/or Creek land.


Students must be in an eighth grade curricular program and must be between the ages of 12 and 15. All work must be original and should reflect the student’s voice and personal viewpoints, supported by MLA citations.

All essays must be received by 5 PM on October 17, 2013, to the following address:

Chieftains Museum

501 Riverside Parkway

Rome, GA  30161

There will be a cash prize for the winners:

First Place: $75

Second Place: $50

Third Place: $25

For more information about the contest, please contact the museum by phone at (706) 291-9494.