The “Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future” 2020 membership drive is now under way and we can use your help! Memberships keep the lights on and the collections protected against decay. Most foundations and federal dollars do not fund operating expenses. Your Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home membership will help to keep our doors open.
In 2019 we focused on commemorating the 200th anniversary of Major Ridge coming to the house that is Chieftains Museum. As part of this anniversary, we hosted a number of dynamic programs both at the museum and in our community. This calendar of events helped us strengthen our current partnerships and forge new relationships with other organizations including the Oklahoma History Center, Atlanta Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Antonio J. Waring Archaeological Laboratory, Rome Area Council for the Arts, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, Rome Historic Preservation Commission, Northwest Georgia History Center, Rome Area History Museum, and our local One Book, Many Voices committee. Support from these organizations allowed us to bring Cherokee history to life in our community like never before. All of this was accomplished as we welcomed visitors and school children both near and far to learn the story of Major Ridge and the history of the Cherokee in our area.
Rome was also the host city for the Georgia Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in September, where valuable information was gathered about how to maintain and improve historic structures like Chieftains, a National Historic Landmark. With this in mind, we look forward to 2020 as we shift our focus from one of commemoration to preservation.
We encourage you to be the first to share our vision by becoming part of our Preserving the Past…Protecting the Future membership campaign. Each member of the museum is so important to the preservation of this non-profit National Historic Landmark and the fulfillment of our mission that we urge you to help us reach our goals in 2020 through your renewed or new support. Your support will not only help us operate and preserve the buildings, grounds and programs at the museum, but will demonstrate the importance of Chieftains Museum and our history to the rest of the community.
The membership brochure can be found below and will provide you with information about our Preserving the Past…Protecting the Future Campaign for 2020 and our membership benefits.
Membership Levels Available
- Partner ($2500)
- Benefactor ($1000)
- Patron ($500)
- Sustainer ($250)
- Friend ($100)
- Couple/Family ($75)
- Individual ($45)
- Student ($20)
Membership Brochure–Print page 1 and send the form with your payment to Friends of Chieftains Museum. Check out page 2 to see the new benefits for members in 2020. You can also choose your membership level below and purchase a membership via Paypal.