History Center

The Campaign to Build the Cherokee County History Center

The Project

The new Cherokee County History Center will be an exceptional cultural asset, a dynamic education resource, and an economic development driver for historic downtown Canton and Cherokee County. History in the Making is History Cherokee’s plan to build a multi-functional facility to meet the challenge of protecting, preserving, and sharing Cherokee County’s unique and compelling history.

The Campaign

History Cherokee is seeking funding to build a high-quality History Center that will create new revenue streams and strengthen the Historical Society’s ability to fulfill its mission. The initial fundraising goal of $2.8M, payable over a five-year pledge period, was necessary to fund the complete renovation of the former Canton Police Department building. As of today, the History in the Making capital campaign has raised 92% of our goal thanks in part to the generous investments by organizations, families, businesses, and individuals throughout our community.

Get Involved

History Cherokee is excited to offer numerous naming rights, recognition opportunities, and exclusive membership benefits to ensure you are a part of history with us!

For more information about how you can get involved, please contact:

Ready to be a part of history? Make a donation or make a pledge to help build the Cherokee County History Center!

Read our complete case for support here.


Investment Levels & Benefits

History Cherokee encourages you to familiarize yourself with the Investment Levels & Benefits listed below. If you have any questions regarding your future investment in the new Cherokee County History Center, please do not hesitate to contact us at 770.345.3288.

LevelBenefits
1831 Founders Circle
$35,000 and above
1831 Founders Circle Benefits
Wall of Honor 1831 Founders Circle Recognition
Walk of Fame Entrance Plaza Recognition

– Invitations to Insiders receptions, tours, and presentations
– Framed print chosen from our digital photo archive
– All Gold Founders Benefits – 5 years
– All membership benefits – 5 years
Gold Founders Circle
$25,000 to $34,999
Gold Founders Circle Benefits
Wall of Honor Gold Founders Circle Recognition
Walk of Fame Entrance Plaza Recognition

– Complimentary Cherokee County history book signed by author
– All Marble Founders Benefits – 5 years
– All membership benefits – 5 years
Marble Founders Circle
$15,000 to $24,999
Marble Founders Circle Benefits
Wall of Honor Marble Founders Circle Recognition
Free admission for up to six guests on each visit for 5 years

– All Copper Founders Benefits – 5 years
– All membership benefits – 5 years
Copper Founders Circle
$10,000 to $14,999
Copper Founders Circle Benefits
Wall of Honor Copper Founders Circle Recognition
Free admission for up to four guests on each visit for 5 years

– Advance access to History Camp Registration
– All membership benefits – 5 years
Etowah Founders Circle
$5,000 to $9,999
Etowah Founders Circle Benefits
Wall of Honor Etowah Founders Circle Recognition
5 Year Membership Benefits:

– Free admission for up to two guests on each visit
– Subscription to CCHC Quarterly Newsletter
– Annual Membership Picnic at private historic site
– Advance notice of all upcoming events and programs
– Reciprocal benefits at museums throughout the United States

Naming Rights & Recognition Opportunities

History Cherokee encourages you to familiarize yourself with the Naming Rights & Recognition Opportunities listed below. Thank you to our generous donors who have already contributed to the new Cherokee County History Center.

If you have any questions regarding your future investment with us, please do not hesitate to contact us at 770.345.3288.

Naming OpportunityInvestment AmountReserved By
History Center Main Hall & Classroom/ Conference Area
The Main Hall is the expansive heart of the Center where guests explore our history through multimedia and interactive touchscreens. The Classroom/ Conference Area is a multifunctional space for children’s camps, educational programming, and meetings.
$600,000– Ken & Myra White
History Center Main Entrance
The guests’ first impression of the History Center at the main public entrance and in the lobby of the Center.
$400,000Naming Opportunity Available
History Center Archive
The home to 120,000 historic artifacts and documents that will be preserved in a state-of-the-art climate-controlled environment.
$250,000Naming Opportunity Available
Outdoor Exhibit & Garden
The exterior space that will enhance the Main Entrance to the Center and be visible to visitors of downtown Canton.
$200,000– The Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation
History Center Galleries
The main exhibition galleries displaying artifacts and interpretation of our history; from Native American inhabitation through the modern age.
Four Naming Opportunities Available
$150,000– Bill & Nell Galt Magruder
– Anonymous
History Center Research Library
The extensive, publicly accessible library and research resource for students and visiting academic and recreational researchers.
$100,000– Skip & Helen Spears
Individual Exhibitions
The exhibitions within the History Center galleries.
Three Naming Opportunities Available
$50,000– Lamar Roberts
– Black Airplane – Michael Caldwell
– William & Sylvia Teasley
– Mark & Peggy Moore – McClure Foundation
– Joe E. Johnston Foundation
– Anonymous
– NJ Wilbanks Family
– Grant Design Collaborative
– Synovus Bank
Outdoor Exhibitions
Outdoor exhibitions along the east exterior wall of the History Center, visible 24/7.
$50,000– Chick-fil-A – Kevin & Gwen Williams
– The Sewell Family
– Southeast Restoration