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Staff at Chieftains Museum, the former home of Cherokee leader Major Ridge, have gotten a crash course in digital museum planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Heather Shores told members of the Rome Exchange Club Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, that several virtual fundraisers this year have almost raised as much as their live and in-person predecessors.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is once again hosting its BBQ To Go Sale.

The sale will offer smoked baby back pork ribs and whole hens to raise money for the nonprofit museum, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Customers may now pre-order wood-smoked whole racks of baby back pork ribs as well as whole hens through the museum’s website at or by phone at 706-291-9494 through Sept. 16.

Racks of ribs will sell for $35 each with whole hens selling for $25 each. Customers may choose one of two time slots for picking up their smoked meats when ordering online.

Those who purchase barbecue may drive by to pick up their orders at the museum in two shifts on Saturday, Sept. 25.

New fundraising initiatives are essential for nonprofit organizations like Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home, where visitation has been hit hard by the COVID-19 health crisis in 2020-2021.

“We thought this curbside sale would not only provide a way to sustain the museum but provide our community with a delicious meal for their family and friends,” said Chieftains Museum Executive Director Heather Shores. “We appreciate all of the support the museum has gotten in the past two years and want to make sure we can sustain this important historical site in the years to come.”

The Chieftains BBQ to Go Sale is hosted by Friends of Chieftains Museum, Inc. with all proceeds going directly towards maintaining the museum. For more information about the Chieftains BBQ to Go Sale or the museum, visit their website at or call 706-291-9494.

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