Newnan-Coweta Historical Society


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. 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!

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 hand-painted Easter eggs done by the late Vinnie Rosenzweig.

Hand-painted Easter eggs displayed

From the Vinnie Rosenzweig collection


Selection of Easter eggs hand-painted by late Newnan artist Vinnie Barron Rosenzweig.

See a portion of the NCHS collection of Easter eggs painted by late Newnan artist Vinnie Barron Rosenzweig at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, being displayed alongside the spring textiles exhibition of 150 years of ladies’ lingerie. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

‘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.

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.


Upcoming Events


Civil War Sesquicentennial final program set


The Civil War Sesquicentennial committee for Newnan and Coweta County is hosting its last event on Thursday, April 9 at Wadsworth Auditorium.
“We have invited Bobby Horton to perform on his various period instruments and share stories relating to events taking place during the Civil War,” said co-organizer Jan Bowyer. The concert is free and open to all volunteers, re-enactors, and anyone in the community. “The Sesquicentennial committee is wishing to express our heartfelt appreciation for all the support given over the last years,” said Bowyer. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and should last about 90 minutes.
A seasoned performer, Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian. He has performed with the musical-comedy trio Three On a String throughout the United States and Canada for 40 plus years. He has also produced and performed music scores for sixteen PBS films by Ken Burns – including “The Civil War” and “Baseball,” two films for The A&E network, and 21 films for The National Park Service. His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organization and publications through America and Europe.



Simple Pleasures Photo Contest Exhibition

The opening reception for the Spring 2015 Simple Pleasures Photography Competition is at McRitchie-Hollis Museum April 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Free.

All awards will be presented at this reception. There will be no closing reception.


Communities In Schools

‘Hats and Hooves’ fundraiser May 2

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