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The Historical Society seeks to highlight the significance of its amazing town, its people, its architecture, its resources, and its history. And that means you!

Members are an essential part of the work we do bringing local history to life through online and in-person offerings including school programs, exhibits, lectures, genealogy services, tours, our state-of-the-art archives, and much more.

The Historical Society is an independent non-profit that depends on grants and private funding. Your membership contribution is vital to the future of our organization. Thank you for supporting your community!

Annual membership benefits include:

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

Catoonah Circle, honoring the legacy of a prominent figure in Ridgefield’s history, celebrates individuals, families, and organizations who generously contribute $1,000 or more annually to advance the preservation, research, and educational initiatives of the Ridgefield Historical Society. Named after Catoonah, esteemed for his leadership as chief of the Ramapoo tribe, which once inhabited the area now known as Ridgefield, and for his pivotal role in the early interactions between Native Americans and European settlers, the circle pays homage to the rich heritage of our community. Notably, Catoonah Street was also the location of our historic Scott House for three centuries, from 1714 to 2000.

Membership in Catoonah Circle signifies a deep belief in the mission of the Ridgefield Historical Society and a steadfast commitment to its continued prosperity. Each member is indispensable to our work, providing vital support for the preservation of our town’s historic buildings, the conservation of rare artifact collections, the presentation of educational programs, and the promotion of public awareness about Ridgefield’s remarkable past, ensuring its legacy for future generations.

Catoonah Circle Benefits

  • Invitation to the “Opening of the Vault” Party, a rare opportunity to see relics and treasurers 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; complimentary entry to all open admission events.
  • All current Ridgefield Historical Society annual membership benefits (listed above).  

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