Over the years we have sought to bring educational and interactive programming to the community and we ask that you join with us in supporting this endeavor. We believe that museums can be exciting places for persons of every age and background. In the next few years we will be embarking on a new and exciting journey as we build a children’s museum and continue developing exhibits at the new McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Stayed tuned for more changes and feel free to contact us!
Quilt Expo opens Thursday! Runs Oct. 8-10 at Depot History Center
The first-ever Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Quilt Expo will be held at the Depot History Center on East Broad Street Oct. 8-10. It is being mounted in conjunction with the new Stitches In Time quilt exhibition at the Male Academy Museum.
There will be quilt displays and vendors.
Show admission for the Oct. 8-10 Quilt Expo at the Depot is $5, payable at the door.
For more call 770-251-0207 or to go to Upcoming Events. Details available at NCHS, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan,GA 30264, or stop by the NCHS offices at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST) at Depot History Center, 60 East Broad St., Newnan.
- Celebrating Hollywood — Continuing at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our current exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” featuring original movie posters created in-house by artists at the Loew’s Grand in Atlanta during the 1930s and ‘40s. For more click here.
- The Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Ave. beside the city park, is reopened with a new quilt exhibition. Among the many colorful quilts is one made by Coral Moses Hand, whose father founded the Male Academy school for boys in the 1800s. New interpretive panels have been developed for the exhibit, and the museum has been repaired and freshly painted inside. Also on display is the restored Civil War coat worn by Newnan resident Hugh Buchanan, and see furniture from the Zeke Smith collection that came to Coweta County in its settlement days by wagon from Virginia.The Male Academy is open 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
- Our Reel Past series on Coweta’s connection with Hollywood concludes with a talk 6 p.m. Oct. 20 by Craig Dominey, Camera Ready program manager/ senior film location specialist with the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. The event will be held at the Depot History Center at 60 East Broad Street in downtown Newnan. It is a joint effort with Senoia Area Historical Society and is made possible with a grant from Georgia Humanities. For more see upcoming events.
- Scraptacular — Join the fun with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society every third Wednesday of the month at McRitchie-Hollis Museum to preserve your family history in fun scrapbooks. The next session of Scraptacular is 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21.
- Simple Pleasures photography competition returns to McRitchie-Hollis Museum with winners from the fall competition in November, with an opening reception planned for Saturday, Nov. 7 – time to be announced.
- Pilliard Dickle’s 1 1/2 Man Show — Written and performed by local calendar artist Pilliard Dickle, also known as Joe Chandler, see the man the Today Show called “a born storyteller.” Developed at Brunswick Actors’ Theatre this summer, the 1 1/2 Man Show now comes to Pilliard’s hometown of Newnan for a one-night-only affair! Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. (EST) at Depot History Center. Tickets $15 (plus processing fee) at eventbrite.com. For more see upcoming events.
- Artist Millie Gosch will be presenting an exhibition of her work opening in early December.
- The annual NCHS member Christmas party for early December at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, date and time to be announced.
- The annual Palmette Ball returns on New Year’s Eve with live band music and refreshments leading to the big count-down.
For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.
Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum extended
A new interactive art exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” opened June 27 at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. This popular exhibition is being extended through December.
The pastel and watercolor art, made by in-house artists hired by the Loew’s Grand Theater in cinema’s early days, are from the collection of the late Herb Bridges. The 50-some posters are from the 1930s and ’40s. “Gone With the Wind” famously debuted at the Loew’s Grand Dec. 15, 1939.
Visitors can navigate the original works of pulp art through a special interactive booklet made especially for this exhibit, featuring QR codes connected to each painting. The codes take visitors to movie trailers and clips from the classic films that are being featured. The book also features the last published interview with local collector Herb Bridges, known worldwide for his “Gone With the Wind” collection.
Special “fun buttons” are also spread throughout the museum with sound files, music, dialogue, and excerpts from an interview with collector Herb Bridges, who collected the posters. The exhibit is made by special arrangement with Mrs. Eleanor Bridges.
Visitors can also try their hand at making their own movie poster.
A small “mini-Grand” has been set up, as well, showcasing the classic black-and-white comedy, “Love Crazy,” starring Myna Loy and William Powell. Visitors can watch the entire film as part of the exhibit.
Those more interested in modern-day Hollywood can see dresses worn by Chelsea Handler and Heidi Klum, on loan from Underground Runway. The Klum dress was worn during the season finale of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Forty of the posters have never been displayed before, and this is the first time this collection has ever been displayed in Coweta County.
Tours of McRitchie-Hollis Museum are $5 adults / $2 for seniors and students. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-12 and 1-3. The museum is located at 74 Jackson St., beside the new University of West Georgia campus.
“We have a newly-paved parking lot in the rear of the museum,” said Bishop.