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!
‘Home Is Where My Heart Is’ author to speak at McRitchie-Hollis
Newnan’s own Norma Chapman Haynes, a friend of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for many years, has announced the publication of her book, “Home Is Where My Heart Is,” a compilation of her popular newspaper columns from The Newnan Times-Herald. She will give a presentation on her new work and have copies available for signing at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum next Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m.
Haynes, a lifelong resident of Newnan, says she began her writing career on the staff of the Newnan High School Tiger Tracks in 1955. Tiger Tracks was printed in the Times-Herald weekly and told of the activities of the students. Today, Haynes said she maintains a deep love for Newnan and the people who have lived there. Some of her best loved memories are recorded in the pages of the book, Haynes said.
“Readers will be taken back to a time when young people enjoyed Picture Show Parties on the Court Square, when homemakers could ring up any downtown grocer and have the day’s food delivered right to their kitchen, and when the Georgia Bulldogs would stop in Newnan on their way down to play Auburn,” said Haynes. “They will enjoy strolls through the downtown area and revisit many stores of the Newnan of yesteryear.” Haynes also writes of childhood afternoons spent in her father’s barber shop, the anxious times of the World War II years in Newnan and, more recently, of her own passion for honoring local public safety officials.
The cover of the book features artwork by Newnan artist Martin Pate and includes the Coweta County Courthouse, the old sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Chapman’s Barber Shop, the Carnegie Library, the Municipal Building, Lee-King Drug Co. and Johnson Hardware. The back cover features a drawing of the Central Baptist Church by her husband of more than fifty years, J.T. Haynes, Jr.
The book retails for $20, which includes the sales tax, and copies are available at the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 Court Square, Newnan; Grannie Fannie’s, 15 Greenville St., Newnan; and Lee-King Pharmacy, 18 Cavender St., Newnan. Copies are also available for order online from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Copies will also be available at Tuesday’s event. Light refreshments will be served.
Hats and Hooves’ fundraiser May 2
Benefits Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools of Coweta County is holding its “Hats and Hooves” Derby-themed fundraiser at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum May 2. For details and tickets go to http://www.ciscoweta.org/
Hank Williams expert to speak
May 7 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum
“The Hank Williams Reader,” a new book on the country music legend, will be the topic for University of West Georgia History Department professor and chair Dr. Steve Goodson May 7 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
Goodson will be speaking about the new book he co-edited on late country music star Hank Williams at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. in Newnan.
Musician Daniel Williams will perform some Hank Williams favorites in the McRitchie-Hollis gazebo preceding the talk, at 6 p.m., in a special acoustic performance.
Goodson specializes in the areas of U.S. Social and Cultural History, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era as a member of the UWG history department faculty. He received his Ph.D from Emory University in 1995.
Goodson’s work focuses primarily on the history of commercial entertainment in the United States. He is the author of “Highbrows, Hillbillies, and Hellfire: Public Entertainment in Atlanta, 1880-1930” (Georgia, 2007), and now co-editor of “The Hank Williams Reader” with Patrick Huber and David Anderson (Oxford, 2014).
When Hank Williams died on New Year’s Day 1953 at the age of 29, his passing appeared to bring an abrupt end to a saga of rags-to-riches success and anguished self-destruction. As it turned out, however, an equally gripping story was only just beginning, as Williams’s meteoric rise to stardom, extraordinary musical achievements, turbulent personal life, and mysterious death all combined to make him an endlessly intriguing historical figure. For more than sixty years, an ever-lengthening parade of journalists, family and friends, musical contemporaries, biographers, historians and scholars, ordinary fans, and novelists have attempted to capture in words the man, the artist, and the legend.
“The Hank Williams Reader,” the first book of its kind devoted to this giant of American music, collects more than 60 of the most compelling, insightful, and historically significant of these writings. Among them are many pieces that have never been reprinted or that are published here for the first time.
The selections cover a broad assortment of themes and perspectives, ranging from heartfelt reminiscences by Williams’s relatives and shocking tabloid exposés to thoughtful meditations by fellow artists and penetrating essays by prominent scholars and critics.
Over time, writers have sought to explain Williams in a variety of ways, and in tracing these shifting interpretations, this anthology chronicles his cultural transfiguration from star-crossed hillbilly singer-songwriter to enduring American icon.
“The Hank Williams Reader” also features a lengthy interpretive introduction and the most extensive bibliography of Williams-related writings ever published.
For more information on the event and directions, call the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 770-251-0207.
History program at Newnan Carnegie Library
Local historian Elizabeth Beers, a past president of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, will present her monthly second Wednesday program at Newnan Carnegie Library May 13 at 10 a.m. The topic will be “The Doors of Newnan: Heritage Architecture.” Call the Carnegie at 770-683-1347 to reserve a spot. The Carnegie is at 1 LaGrange St. at the Court Square in downtown Newnan.
Evolution of Tea in the South program at McRitchie-Hollis Museum
Author and tea enthusiast Angela McRae will be presenting a program on the evolution of tea in the South 2:30 p.m. May 16 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
Join the new NCHS Scrapbooking club
Join the fun with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society every third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. at McRitchie-Hollis Museum to preserve your family history in fun scrapbooks.
Exhibitions at McRitchie-Hollis
See the Simple Pleasures Photo Exhibition
The Spring 2015 Simple Pleasures Photography Competition winning photos are on display in at McRitchie-Hollis Museum in “The Nature Show” through May 2 after the April 11 opening and awards presentation. There will be no closing reception.
“You’ll see an ibex, majestic waterfalls, flowers in bloom, and nature scenes from all over the world, taken by your friends and neighbors from Newnan and Coweta County, for the most part,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, now headquartered at 74 Jackson Street. “There’s even a photo of a hammerhead shark, taken by one brave soul.”
For more about the contest go to www.simplepleasuresphoto.com.
This old post card view shows McClelland Academy, a Presbyterian-sponsored black school once located on Duncan Street, now Richard Allen Drive, in Newnan. The school operated for some four decades and was the brainchild of the Rev. Benjamin Louie Glenn, a black Presbyterian pastor.
Simple Pleasures Photo Contest Exhibition
The Spring 2015 Simple Pleasures Photography Competition winning photos are on display at McRitchie-Hollis Museum through May 2 after the April 11 opening and awards presentation. There will be no closing reception.
Celebrating spring, this is a nature-themed photography exhibition with some 53 beautiful photographs on display.
For more about the contest go to www.simplepleasuresphoto.com.
Museum entry is $5 general admission or $2 for students and senior citizens.
“We have a newly-paved parking lot in the rear of the museum,” said Bishop.
Award winning photographer Billy Newman served as judge for the spring contest, and some of his work is also on display.
“We’re looking to engage new audiences by not focusing solely on history, but also on the arts and local culture,” said Bishop. “It’s a new direction for us. Come join us.”
Hats, hats and more hats…
See a sampling of hats from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s collection, given by State Rep. Lynn Smith, at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Hours are 10 a.m to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The spring lingerie exhibition of bridal trousseau items and our exhibition on early African-American schools will be up a few more weeks as well, and there is a sampling of folk toy reproductions from the 1950s that were recently donated to NCHS.
‘Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture’
150 years of lingerie at McRitchie-Hollis Museum
These 1920s lingerie items from her mother’s trousseau — and even a pair of BVDs that belonged to her uncle — are shared by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society member and local historian Elizabeth Beers for the “Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture” exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The spring 2015 display will be up through May and is a chance for brides of today to see what might have been in the typical trousseau in the days of their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.