McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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. NCHS continues to develop ever-changing exhibits telling the story of Newnan and Coweta County and the West Georgia Region at our McRitchie-Hollis Museum and the Historic Newnan Train Depot. Stayed tuned for more on programs and events, and feel free to contact us at executivedirector@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or write to Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan, GA 30264.

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Special Program to Celebrate Women’s History Month

For Women’s History Month, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host a program featuring Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, University of West Georgia, at the Historic Train Depot, March 20, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Chalifoux will put the #MeToo movement into historical context with her talk:#MeToo: The Past, Present, and Future of a Women’s Movement against Sexual Violence”The #MeToo movement has generated public and private discussions about workplace harassment,” said Dr. Chalifoux. “I know people are conflicted about what they read and what they’ve experienced. I hope this talk will contribute to the discussion by examining the past to help us make sense of the present.”Dr. Chalifoux will explore the historical roles of women in US society and their efforts to bring attention to sexual violence.
She will present a brief history of sexual violence against women; the Industrial era and women’s movement into the public sphere; and harassment in the workplace. She will also discuss the history of sexual violence against women of color and the efforts to bring attention to the issue, the Women’s Movement, the creation of rape crisis centers, and other issues, including sexual harassment, legislation, and the recent #MeToo movement, as well as the backlash and the movement’s future.

“We are looking forward to hosting Dr. Chalifoux and hope many of our friends can attend to learn more about the roots of this important national movement,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of the historical society.

Chalifoux earned her PhD in History at the University of Alabama. She studies women, labor, and sexuality in the US. Her most recent essay, “America’s Wickedest City: The Sexual Black Market in Phenix City, Alabama,” is available in the edited volume: “Sex and Sexualities in Modern Southern Culture.”


Easter Egg Hunt March 31 at the McRitchie!

Join the Easter Bunny for some Easter-time fun at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 10 a.m. to noon March 31.


See the work of artist Jonas Allen at McRitchie-Hollis!

Show downstairs through March

A new exhibit featuring the works of Haitian artist Jonas Allen opened Feb. 22 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Jonas Allen

The show will be on view through March.

Allen, currently a resident of this area, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After his secondary education at the Lycee Toussaint, he visited the Haitian Artist Co-op. There he impressed some local artists and he decided to take his childhood passion seriously. Soon afterward, he and Patrick Wah, hungry to learn the essence of the craft of painting, began visiting the Master Studios of the Academy of the Beaux Arts, as well as the primitive masters, who taught them new techniques. Later Allen met Bernard Wah and one of the leading Haitian art critics, Michelle Philippe Lerebour, who noticed his talent and guided him. In 1981 Allen immigrated to the U.S. and continued his career, and now his works hang in many private collections and galleries around the globe. He maintains a studio in Atlanta and exhibits his works around the world.
“I glance over the universe, I ponder over the history and cultures of humanity,” said Allen. “I feel the joy and suffering of our world. I blend them all along with what they had made of me. Then, on my canvas, spontaneously, I pour it all.”

Rainy Days 37×37 2008 by Jonas Allen

Frustration 48×60 2015 by Jonas Allen


Continuing upstairs at the McRitchie!

Exhibition: “45 Years, 45 Objects” 

Newnan City of Homes pageant dress, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

For Fall/Winter 2017 NCHS is celebrating a big anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects from our collections.

Farmhouse model, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

Curator Jessie Merrell has selected 45 objects, some that have not been seen in some time.

Inspired by similar object-based exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Atlanta History Center, “45 Years, 45 Objects” features photographs, clothing, paving blocks, movie props, and other objects from Coweta County’s past to tell the story of the community.

McRitchie tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more inforamtion call us at 770-251-0207 or send an email to executive@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com .



Newnan-Coweta Historical Society earns national StEPS certification

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society recently earned another certification from the American Association for State and Local History. It was among six organizations earning StEPS certificates in January.

For more see the announcement:


Six Organizations Earn StEPs Certificates in January


Be a Member, Be Informed!

Newnan-Coweta HIstorical Society is continuing our 2018 membership drive and we invite you to join us as we celebrate the history and heritage of Newnan and Coweta County.

Simply fill out and return the form below with your check or credit card information, go to our online store via the link at the top of this page, or call us at McRitchie-Hollis Museum to give your credit card over the phone. The benefits of membership are listed below.


Historic Marker Program

Marker at 62 W. Washington St.

Marker at 62 W. Washington St.

DO YOU HAVE A HISTORIC HOME in Newnan? Let everyone know by placing a marker from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society marker program! See new ones going up at 62 West Washington Street and 20 West Broad Street. We will assist with the research! Call us at 770-251-0207 for more details.

Marker at Wall-Dent-Strain Home on College Street

Marker at Wall-Dent-Strain Home on College Street


Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
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  • NCHS Scholarship — The application period for the NCHS scholarship to a graduating high school senior is open. See the NCHS Scholarship page under Getting Involved for the application.
  • Civil War Ruins in the Atlanta Area, Historic Train Depot, April 26, 7 p.m. — Robert C. Jones will discuss the remnants of the Civil War that are still accessible to visitors today.  Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015). The Museum Foundation helped fund the 45,000-square-foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA. Jones has written a number of books on Civil War and Revolutionary War themes, including “A Guide to the Civil War in Georgia”, “Colonial Georgia: 1733-1800,” and “South Carolina and Georgia in the American Revolution.”
  • HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH is coming in May. To celebrate local historic preservation efforts, NCHS is bringing back the “Preservation Picnic” to be held at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Do you know of any local historic preservation efforts done in the recent past that deserve recognition? Please let us know! Contact us at 770-251-0207 or at executivedirector@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com.
  • COMING SOON: A reprint of a classic favorite, “Coweta School Days,” available for the first time in many years, and with a new introduction! Reserve your copy today by calling us at 770-251-0207.

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McRitchie Hollis Museum, the new home base for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, is a 1937 home restored to elegance of the era. The museum has constantly-changing exhibitions of decorative arts and telling stories related to the history of Newnan and Coweta County and the West Georgia Region.
Entry/tours –  $5 general admission or $2 for students and senior citizens. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-noon and 1-3. The museum is located just north of downtown Newnan at 74 Jackson St., beside the University of West Georgia – Newnan campus. There is plenty of parking in the lot behind the museum, with the driveway entrance off Clark Street.
Our Civil War collection is housed at the Historic Newnan Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St., which is rented for events and is open for tours by appointment. See artifacts, a series of paintings by Newnan artist Martin Pate depicting events surrounding the Battle of Brown’s Mill which took place south of Newnan, as well as information on Newnan and Coweta County’s development from pioneer days to the present.
For details on rentals or tours of either McRitchie-Hollis Museum or the Depot, call 770-251-0207.