A New Face Comes to Chieftains

Date(s) – Jan 11 2013 until Feb 28 2013
All Day

On January 17, 2013, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will enter into a new phase with a new face as Heather Shores begins her appointment as Executive Director for the museum and historic site. A native of Floyd County, Ms. Shores holds a B.A. and an M.A. in History/Public History from the University of West Georgia. She has worked in the museum field for the past twelve years for institutions such as the Atlanta History Center, the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, and most recently at the Bandy Heritage Center at Dalton State College.

Ms. Shores joins Chieftains Museum as part of the new vision of the institution, which has plans to restore the original 1828 historic home and grounds in the near future, as well as eventually constructing an interpretive center on the eight acres of property.  “I am thrilled to be a part of the upcoming changes at Chieftains Museum,” said Shores.  “To have a chance to preserve something that is part of my community and our national heritage for future generations is an honor.”

Ruth Demeter, board president, commented that “Heather has a great diversity of experience in developing museums and programming, and maintaining collections and historic accuracy. We look forward to our growth and development as a nationally significant historic home and property.”

Chieftains Museum seeks to become a nationally recognized destination to experience the 19th century life of a leading Cherokee family and their role in the events that led to the “clash of cultures” that culminated in the Trail of Tears. To this end, the museum will begin new programs and initiatives in spring 2013 to facilitate new audiences and new interest in the museum.

To book tours or confirm visiting hours,  call 706-291-9494.