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.

And keep up with events on our Facebook page!

Consider helping us continue our mission through membership via our online gift shop or a tax-deductible donation.



Maker dedication for Gen. Daniel Newnan in Rossville, GA Oct. 29

New Hope Baptist Church
2105 Tunnel Varnell Road
Tunnel Hill, GA

Lookout Mountain Chapter #437, U.S.D. 1812

War of 1812 Veteran Marker Dedication
General Daniel Newnan
(The City of Newnan, GA was named for him in 1828.)

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 – 11 A.M.

Newnan Springs United Methodist Church Grave Yard
78 Monanaw Avenue, Rossville, GA 30741

(Park at the church and ride van to the cemetery as there is limited parking.)


Opening reception for ‘Spectrum’ show Nov. 1 at McRitchie-Hollis

“Spectrum,” the art of Tiffany Thomas, opens with a reception this Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.


Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany Thomas

Tiffany Thomas attained a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Valdosta State University in 2008. Afterwards she chose to grow her artistic roots in Newnan, and started her own custom art business several years ago. Her art is colorful and energetic with bold brush work, and she uses a variety of subjects as inspiration to move paint across a canvas. Tiffany shows her art regionally, and has art in private collections across the United States. 

Her solo art exhibit, SPECTRUM, will feature a variety of oil and acrylic works on canvas, as well as a mix of plein air, still life, and vibrant abstract paintings. All of the artwork will be for sale. Come join us to celebrate local talent at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum!

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Coweta County Remembered
A photographic journey through Coweta County’s rich past.
Opening Tuesday, Nov. 1 on the second floor of the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Dr. Barbara Kawulich to discuss Creek Indian

land swindling for Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host an educational program on Creek Indian history 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
barbara_b_kawulichprofile_000035The presentation is free to members and the public. Barbara Kawulich Ph.D., will discuss land fraud and the Creeks before Indian removal from Georgia in the early 1800s.
Kawulich is a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology and Foundations at the University of West Georgia. Her interests include evaluation and research methodology, particularly qualitative methodologies, and issues of interest to indigenous women.
Kawulich says that she has spent years studying Creek women because they are a group that has been traditionally overlooked.
In fact, Creek women have “sown the seeds of culture,” she said.
“Today Creek women are the backbone of the Muscogee Creek Nation,” she said. “They are responsible for continuing the culture.”

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking behind the museum off Clark Street. For more information call the museum at 770-251-0207.


McRitchie-Hollis is on the Newnan Presbyterian Preschool Christmas tour!

Christmas Tour of Homes
December 3,2016
Hosted by Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten

14441013_1514293271930736_8542830328485676673_nThere will be a continuous shuttle that runs all evening along the tour route. Tickets can be purchased at locations #1 and #2 the day of the event and online at www.nppk.org or at Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten in late October.
Those that purchase tickets in advance, we recommend starting in the middle or the end of the tour to keep from congestion at the first few locations. You can pick up the shuttle along the route to take you to the locations that have a few blocks of separation. The shuttle is complimentary. A map will be in the brochure.


Fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest winners’ work on display

Continuing through October at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is the fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest exhibition.

Winners were announced at an awards reception Saturday, Oct. 1, honoring the participating photographers.

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People's Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry "Silly Boys."

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People’s Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry “Silly Boys.”

Entries represent the photographers’ interpretation of “simple pleasures” and reflect scenes familiar to families as well as from travels throughout the globe.

Visitors touring McRitchie-Hollis Museum during September were invited to vote for their own favorite for the “People’s Choice” award.

Winners were selected in blind judging by a panel headed by well-known Newnan photographer Billy Newman. He was on hand Oct. 1 to present the awards and share his expertise with the photographers.

Simple Pleasures includes an annual fall show, as well as an annual spring “nature show.” It is now under the wing of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Be looking soon for the call for entries for the “2017 Spring Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show,” which focuses on images that are strictly nature photography with no human or man-made elements.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking at the rear of the museum with driveway entry off Clark Street.

For more information call 770-251-0207.


More Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • December - “The Founder,” a mini-exhibit celebrating the opening of the movie about the McDonald’s founder filmed partially in Newnan., at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Film opening has been moved from August to December.
  • December 3 - Candlelight Tour, Newnan Presbyterian Preschool hosting.
  • December – Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Christmas Party and our new “Festival of Trees” silent auction event.

For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site here at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.


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 new 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, 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, call 770-251-0207.