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Ridgefield Historical Society Announces 2024-25 Membership Campaign and the Catoonah Circle

Become a member of the Historical Society and join us in preserving Ridgefield's amazing history!

Since our founding in 2001 the Ridgefield Historical Society has grown significantly, from a small and committed corps of history-minded residents to a dynamic organization with town-wide impact. Not only do we actively collect the history of Ridgefield and preserve it in the remarkable vault below our historic 1714 Scott House headquarters, we also share it with the entire community, through an expansive calendar of events, educational programs, grant initiatives, and communications.

To ensure the work of the Ridgefield Historical Society continues for decades to come, we have created the Catoonah Circle, a sustaining membership tier for select benefactors of Ridgefield history and the community of Ridgefield. 

We would like to invite you to become an inaugural member of this group.

Ridgefield history is precious and profound. Your commitment to the Catoonah Circle will support the Ridgefield Historical Society’s long-term health and assure our history is captured and shared for generations to come.

Detail of the 1708 deed for the purchase of land from Chief Catoonah that would become Ridgefield.

Introducing the Catoonah Circle

Catoonah Circle is a new membership tier, celebrating individuals, families, and organizations who generously contribute $1,000 or more annually. Named in honor of Catoonah, the esteemed chief of the Ramapoo tribe, this level of giving acknowledges his pivotal role in the early interactions between Native Americans and European settlers in the area now known as Ridgefield. It also pays homage to Catoonah Street, the historic location of our Scott House headquarters for nearly three centuries.

Catoonah Circle Membership Signifies:

  • A deep belief in the mission of the Ridgefield Historical Society
  • A steadfast commitment to the preservation of our town’s historic buildings
  • Support for the conservation of rare Ridgefield artifact collections
  • Advancement of educational programs about Ridgefield’s history
  • Promotion of public awareness about Ridgefield’s remarkable past

Catoonah Circle Benefits:

  • Invitation to the “Opening of the Vault” Party, offering a rare glimpse of relics and treasures from Ridgefield’s storied past
  • A book of choice from the Jack Sanders Ridgefield Collection, signed by the author
  • Priority registration to limited-admission Ridgefield Historical Society events and complimentary entry to all open-admission events
  • All current Ridgefield Historical Society annual membership benefits

The Ridgefield Historical Society plays a vital role in preserving the unique story of Ridgefield, highlighting its people, architecture, resources, and rich history. Our members are the cornerstone of our efforts, helping us bring local history to life through a variety of engaging online and in-person offerings, including exhibits, lectures, genealogy services, tours, historic preservation, archaeology, school programs, and access to our state-of-the-art archives where over 10,000 Ridgefield artifacts are preserved.

Your membership contribution is essential to the future of the Ridgefield Historical Society, an independent non-profit organization, . By supporting our community through membership, you are helping to preserve the rich story of Ridgefield’s past for future generations.

We invite you to join the Ridgefield Historical Society for the 2024-2025 membership season.

Please note, beginning this year, the start of our annual membership campaign has moved from September to June to align with our fiscal year.

Your annual membership also comes with special benefits.

Annual membership benefits include:

  • A minimum 10% discount on Gift Shop items, Genealogy Research Services, Historic Plaques, and most ticketed programs
  • Priority registration and early access to ticket sales
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only events
  • Monthly eNewsletter
  • Scott House Journal
  • And a token of our thanks!

For more information about membership please contact: [email protected] or 203-438-5821.

We thank you for your continued support!


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