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Become a member

As a member of the Trail of Tears Association, you will receive two newsletters a year, a discounted rate for the annual conferences, and automatic membership with one state chapter of your choice, as well as any publications your individual chapters publish. Additionally, Sponsors, Patrons, and Benefactors are listed prominently on the TOTA website and in two issues of the Trail News newsletter. The Trail of Tears Association offers chapter membership in the nine (9) states where the trail is located, to include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. These chapters hold regular meetings to research and discuss Trail routes and segments through their states.

Membership in the Trail of Tears Association automatically includes membership in the national Association, as well as membership in one (1) state chapter of your choice. Each additional state chapter membership is $10.00. Memberships are annual, January 1 through December 31. Payments to the Trail of Tears Association are tax deductible under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code.

Membership Levels

  • Basic Individual – $25 – $99
  • Sponsor – $100 – $499
  • Patron – $500 – $999
  • Benefactor – $1000+
  • Student – $10 (enclose copy of valid college student ID or, for minors, birth certificate)
  • **All levels of membership include one state chapter affiliation. Please send $10 for each additional state chapter affiliation.

Sponsors, Patrons, & Benefactors are also listed prominently on the TOTA website and in two issues of the Trail News, newsletter.

Click here to become a member of the Trail of Tears Association!

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