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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!

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.

First Place, "Winter Cottonwoods" by Lori Kolbenschlag

First Place, “Winter Cottonwoods” by Lori Kolbenschlag

“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.

 

Upcoming Events

 

National Poetry Month at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum

McRitchie-Hollis Musuem, 74 Jackson St., is celebrating National Poetry Month with an evening of poetry at the museum April 21 at 7 p.m.
Poets for the night’s event include Alice Teeter of Pine Lake, Russell Streur of John’s Creek, Scott Wilkerson of Columbus, and Newnan’s own Melissa Dickson Jackson.
Melissa Dickson Jackson

Melissa Dickson Jackson

“We did something similar last year and we thought we would continue the tradition, but this time with even more poets, and moving the venue to the beautiful McRitchie-Hollis Musuem,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.
Jackson and Wilkerson recently completed work on a new poetry anthology. Jackson has also written her own anthologies, Sweet Aegis and Cameo.
“Thank you for joining us in accepting the invitation to share our work with the Newnan and Coweta County,” said Jackson. “The McRitchie Hollis Museum is a splendid period home. Reading poetry there will be a distinct pleasure!”
Scheduled just prior to Earth Day, the selected poems may include a “nod in the proceedings,” said Jackson.
“This doesn’t mean that the poems need to be environmental in theme,” she said, “but just a mild cognizance of the impending solstice, connection, human experience, time, cycles — all the things poetry already is!”

Norma Haynes book signing at McRitchie-Hollis

“Home Is Where My Heart Is”

Norma Haynes will sign copies of her newly-published book, “Home Is Where My Heart Is,” at McRitchie-Hollis Museum at a gathering 7 p.m. April 28.

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Hats and Hooves’ fundraiser May 2

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Lana Mobley of NuLink is one of the volunteers for Communities In Schools of Coweta's Hats and Hooves Derby Affair coming up May 2, 2015.

Lana Mobley of NuLink is one of the volunteers for Communities In Schools of Coweta’s Hats and Hooves Derby Affair coming up May 2, 2015.

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.

Dr. Steve Goodson

Dr. Steve Goodson

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.
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.

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.

Angela McRae

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.

The next session of Scraptacular will be 10:30 a.m. May 20.
“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 will be 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.

Exhibitions at McRitchie-Hollis

Before integration…

Learn about Coweta’s early African-American schools at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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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. 

Learn about McClelland Academy and other Coweta schools for African-Americans in a special exhibition mounted for Black History Month at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, at Jackson and Clark streets just north of downtown Newnan. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members.

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.

“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 is a brand new photo competition for Simple Pleasures and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
“We thought a nature-themed show is a perfect fit for spring,” said Bishop.
Celia Phillips adjusts one of the juried entries in the Simple Pleasures photography contest for The Nature Show. She was busy with Carla Cook Smith hanging the show Friday at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Celia Phillips adjusts one of the juried entries in the Simple Pleasures photography contest for The Nature Show. She was busy with Carla Cook Smith hanging the show Friday at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Also on display for spring are a selection of hats from the collection of Lynn Smith, as well as an exhibit about Newnan and Coweta area black schools that existed prior to integration, and an exhibit showcasing textiles and undergarments from the past two centuries. A selection of recently-donated reproduction folk toys from the 1950s are displayed in the children’s bedroom.
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…

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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

 20150206_111801_Elizabeth Beers_AdjustedJPGThese 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.

The museum is at the corner of Jackson and Clark Streets just north of downtown Newnan. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members.