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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!

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Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition

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The late Herb Bridges showing posters from the Golden Era of Hollywood.

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, and will be up through the summer.

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.

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Former Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta.

Former Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

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.

IMG_7554lovecrazy 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.

Finally! The Big Reveal

New art pieces on the Court Square went out recently after a reception for the artists and sponsors held on Sunday, June 7. They are part of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Children’s Committee fundraising project for a new planned Children’s Museum in Newnan.

The “All Roads Lead to Newnan” city-wide art project includes “painted” horses, trains and pickup trucks.

To click through a gallery of  more pictures see our Facebook page!

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Join ‘Scraptacular’ third wednesdays

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 will be 10:30 a.m. July 15.
“Bring your unfinished pages, photos, and materials and create lasting memories for future generations,” said Jessie Merrell, the newest employee of the historical society, and a scrapbooking expert.
Don’t do paper scrapbooking? Bring your laptop to try digital scrapbooking while still enjoying the fun! Jessie Merrell who has over 10 years’ experience in scrapbooking both paper and digitally.
Bring your gear and let’s get cropping!” said Merrell.
Participants enjoy our first Scraptacular event at McRitchie-Hollis Museum today. Mark your calendars for the scrapbooking sessions each third Wednesday. The next is May 20. From left, Amy Mapel, Executive Director Jeff Bishop, Michele Wade and srapbooking session leader our Curation Specialist Jessie Merrell.

Participants enjoy our first Scraptacular event at McRitchie-Hollis Museum today. Mark your calendars for the scrapbooking sessions each third Wednesday. The next is May 20.
From left, Amy Mapel, Executive Director Jeff Bishop, Michele Wade and srapbooking session leader our Curation Specialist Jessie Merrell.

Jessie Merrell is a soon to be graduate from the University of West Georgia with degrees in History and English Literature. She also has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Gordon College.
“I look forward to using my degree and love of history in my new position with the historical society,” she said, “working with the community, the board, and Jeff Bishop will be exciting and fun and I hope together we can create exciting exhibits and programs.” The scrapbooking venture is one of the first.
Her interest in history began with researching her family history and relating their events to the world around them. That led her to a greater appreciation for the letters, photographs, and other items that helped to tell their stories. She served last summer as the Research and Archives intern for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.
“I hope to be able to preserve the important documents that will help tell the story of Newnan for future generations and to help give insight into what life was like for those before us!” she said.
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McRitchie Hollis Museum is a 1937 home restored to elegance of the era and has constantly-changing exhibitions telling stories related to the history of Newnan and Coweta County.
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.