Become a Chieftains Member

The membership brochure can be found below and will provide you with information about our Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future Campaign for 2023 and our membership benefits.

Membership Levels Available

  • Partner ($2500)
  • Benefactor ($1000)
  • Patron ($500)
  • Sustainer ($250)
  • Friend ($100)
  • Couple/Family ($75)
  • Individual ($45)

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 2023. You can also choose your membership level below and purchase a membership via PayPal.


Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is a National Historic Landmark and one of only a few private entities to be certified by the National Park Service as a site on the Trail of Tears. Major Ridge,  whose former home Chieftains now occupies, was one of the signers of the Treaty of New Echota, which resulted in the relocation of the Cherokee people.

Our mission is to preserve and interpret the story of the 19th century Cherokee through the life, home, and property of the Ridge family. Museum members are an essential part of fulfilling our mission at the museum.

The museum seeks your support in 2023 as we continue to find new ways to share our story with the world through new digital programs and events while preserving the house and grounds for all of our visitors.

We encourage you to become a part by joining the museum during our Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future membership campaign. Memberships purchased as part of this campaign are active from January 1 through December 31, 2023. A portion of your membership dues is tax-deductible for joining our non-profit organization. In addition to supporting the museum, members receive special benefits at each level of membership, which can be found in this brochure.

Your support will not only help us continue our mission today but will demonstrate the importance of the Chieftains Museum and our history to the rest of the community both now and in the future.