Chapter President

Charlotte Ellington

Our Mission

The Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge educates students and teachers about the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, inspiring them to preserve and advance our freedoms.

Our Vision

The Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge envisions an America where the rising generation loves their country and understands, values, and defends its founding ideals.

Who We Are

Mrs. Margaret Whittenburg Cooper, founded the Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge in 1968. She was educated in the Chattanooga Public School system and later served more than 40 years as teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Since her passing in 2008, the Chattanooga Chapter has continued to thrive under the leadership of several outstanding Chattanooga natives and the dedication of its members.

The Chattanooga Chapter sponsors 11th grade students to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at Valley Forge and gives awards to teachers to attend the Freedoms Foundation summer seminars. The chapter proudly participates in the Chattanooga Armed Forces Day Parade, provides awards to local citizens for outstanding service to the community, and collaborates with the Chattanooga Medal of Honor Museum.


Thousands of students from across the country have obtained a greater understanding and appreciation of American history and civic responsibility through Freedoms Foundation’s Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program.

Learn about democracy, the judiciary, the political process, founding documents, and the free enterprise system through innovative workshops and historical site visits that allow you to encounter our nation’s past, present and future. During your residential stay, you will also build leadership skills, engage in civil discourse, and identify how you can positively impact your community.

The Chattanooga Chapter sponsors juniors to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program. Students are selected to attend based on essays written from the Freedoms Foundation National Awards program. If you or a student you know is interested in applying for the March 7-10, 2024 program, please contact the chapter at


Expand your teaching repertoire with fresh, new resources and obtain direct access to prominent American history scholars and thinkers. Experienced by 14,000+ educators worldwide over five decades, Freedoms Foundation’s accredited seminars and history workshops provide compelling discussions and immersive site visits. These dynamic in-person seminars underscore the relevance of our Constitution and American history for your students. 

Energize your students’ discovery and preservation of their freedoms through your own renewed sense of civic purpose.

All applicants are eligible for full scholarships once accepted. 

The Chattanooga Cincinnati Chapter supports teachers who wish to attend a graduate seminars or workshop at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.  Please contact the chapter at if you are interested. 

Upcoming Events

More Events Coming Soon!

Seminar acceptances will begin on January 1, 2023.

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Nearly 14,000 educators, librarians, resource and special education teachers from around the world have participated in our accredited programs with nationally recognized scholars who provide engaging, entertaining and interactive lectures.

Check out Justin Chamberlain League Seminars to learn more about our teacher seminars.

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Chapter Awards

Annually, the Freedoms Foundation and its Volunteer Chapters recognize exemplary civic achievements through its National Awards Program.  Guided by an independent panel of expert jurists, the National Awards Program honors the exceptional efforts of individuals, organizations, and schools that promote or personify the ideals of responsible citizenship. 

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Get Involved

If you want to make a difference in the Chattanooga community, become a member of the Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. For nearly 50 years, our chapter, as part of Freedoms Foundation’s nationwide network of volunteer chapters, has brought the message of engaged citizenship and leadership to hundreds of thousands of Americans, students, teachers, and ordinary citizens. We encourage you to join us to help promote the ideals of our national heritage.

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Chattanooga, TN Donations

Supporting America’s first principles of freedom is essential to ensure future generations understand and cherish the blessings of liberty. With your donation, the Chattanooga Chapter will reach even more young people from the area with the truth of America’s unique past, its promising future, and the liberty for which it stands. Help us prepare the next generation of leaders.

Our fundraising goals for '23-'24 are $!0,000 to send 15 local students to the Spring 2024 Spirit of America Program!!

Please consider becoming one of these supporters:
"Purple Heart" Supporter: $525 (cost of the 4-day Spirit of America Program
"Gold Star" Supporter: $300
"Silver Star" Supporter: $200
"Bronze Star" Supporter: $100

Please send all donations made out to:
The Chattanooga Chapter of Freedoms Foundation
P. O. Box 21443
Chattanooga, TN 37424