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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. 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.

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Summer art show at McRitchie-Hollis features work of Dinett Hok

Dinett Hok puts finishing touches on her show of driftwood-inspired art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for summer 2017.

Dinett Hok puts finishing touches on her show of driftwood-inspired art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for summer 2017.

Come see what’s new at the museum!

The driftwood-inspired art of Newnan resident Dinett Hok is featured in a summer solo exhibition at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum through Aug. 25.
An opening reception is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Please come and meet the artist!
Hok was born in Aguadulce, a very small town in the Republic of Panama. As a young girl, drawing was her favorite pastime. She began formal art studies at the age of 17 at the University of Panama and paid her college tuition through freelance artwork and graphic designs.
She had the fortune of meeting renowned Panamanian artist Manuel Chong Neto through one of her college professors. His work continues to influence her creativity and passion. After graduating from the University of Panama with a BA in Graphic Art, Hok worked as a commercial graphic artist for two different clothing companies.
Upon moving to the United States, Hok embarked on a six-year endeavor to promote and teach art to elementary school students in Newnan. She believed that her students could learn and apply advanced systems for art techniques on a variety of mediums at a very young age if the correct approach was used. Many of her students won awards at local, state and national level competitions.
Hok’s journey as a professional artist continued to expand as she took on the leadership role of Area X chairman for the Florida Artists Group. FLAG is one of longest standing non-profit art organizations in Florida.
Hok says of her art: “Nature itself is the purest form of art in my opinion. I try to capture this beauty in my works of art and share it with the world. My artwork thrives on the love I have for trees and the abundant textures in nature. Whether it is the peacefulness of a welcoming beach or the thought provoking concepts of an abstract, nature can capture us in many ways. I love to create mixed media artwork with heavy textures and rich colors that not only captures the world from my perspective, but also incorporates elements of nature in the actual artwork.
“The driftwood itself represents the flexibility of nature that can adapt no matter the setting. In some cases, it is not nature who adapts, but every other concept that adapts and bends their will to Mother Nature. On top of the intriguing organic shapes of the driftwood I use metals – copper, silver, brass, bronze and 24K gold to preserve and highlight these marvelous natures giving beauty. I try my best to capture a small piece of nature’s beauty and share my perception with every viewer. With my abstracts, I hope that these perceptions may be as abundant and diverse as nature itself. The freedom of creativity, expression, and experiences with other great artists fuel my desire to create and share art.”
Hok creates artwork with a unique style and passion. Her work has received acclaim both nationally and internationally in the United States, Paris, Rome, Venice, Beijing, as well as other venues in Europe. Hok will be receiving her latest award entitled “Diego Velazquez” in Lecce Italy, July 3 2017 by Italia In Arte Nel Mondo. This award is given for “High Recognition to Personalities in the World of Art, Science and Culture.”
It is the freedom of creativity and expression and experiences with some great artists that continues to fuel her desire to create and share art. Hoksays she has always been enchanted by the beauty of nature, people and places and continues paint where she currently resides in Newnan.
Dinett Hok, husband Michael Hok and son Ian Hok run their family-owned business, The DH Gallery of International Artists (DHGIA). DHGIA has participated in some of the best and most prestigious art fairs in New York, Miami and other venues, Dinett said. DHGIA will be participating in two events Aqua Art Miami and Spectrum Miami during the Art Basel week in Miami Florida during December 2017.
Hok’s work is also part of the 2017 Newnan-Coweta Art Association show June 8-28 at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan.
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For more about Dinett Hok’s work go to her website, fineart-dinetthok.com or check at her Facebook page.
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has its headquarters at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263. The museum features rotating exhibitions on historic topics related to the Newnan-Coweta County and West Georgia region, as well as architecture and decorative arts. In the museum’s upstairs galleries currently is an exhibition of ladies hats from the extensive collection donated by State Rep. Lynn Smith with styles that span five decades.
Ms. Hok’s work will be displayed in the downstairs rooms where NCHS is currently showing a collection of 1930s furnishings recently donated by Taylor Glover and family.
NCHS is also preparing for its July antique appraisal fundraiser Trash OR Treasure, which will be held at the Newnan Historic Train Depot July 15. Items may be submitted for appraisal in advance by July 1 for a $25 ticket per item, no limit on the number of items. For information call the NCHS/ McRitchie-Hollis Museum offices at 770-251-0207.
There is ample public parking behind the McRitchie-Hollis Museum with a driveway entrance off Clark Street. Also keep up with NCHS events on Facebook!

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Get tickets for our Trash Or Treasure appraisal event coming up July 15

Item entry for appraisal is due by July 1 – One item per $25 ticket

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Is it “trash or treasure” in that attic, closet or barn? Find out at a special one-day-only event, “Trash OR Treasure — “What’s in Your Attic?,” Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan, brought to you by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Dig out and dust off family heirlooms or curious, eccentric to find out their value, history and whether items are indeed “trash or treasure!”
One item may be submitted for every entry ticket purchased at $25. There is no limit on the number of entry tickets per person. Those submitting items for review and appraisal must send advance descriptions and photo before the July 1 deadline for entries. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite.com and request an entry form for your item by email at events@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com (confirmation of ticket purchase will be made). You may also stop by the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. to pay by cash, check or charge. For more information see our website at newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or our Facebook page link to the event page or call us at 770-251-0207.

Here is a link to the Eventbrite.com ticket page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trash-or-treasure-whats-in-your-attic-tickets-34575575477

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Once an entry is submitted, the requested form will be sent to the entrant for completion. The advance entry form requires a photo, description and any known information about the item(s) being submitted. Entrants will physically bring items to the event being held at the Historic Train Depot the day of the event, July 15. NCHS hopes to have about 75 entries for appraisal. The value of entry items will be revealed at the Trash OR Treasure event.
Hear brief lectures from appraisers and specialists on popular collection items such as art, dolls, jewelry, furniture, books, textiles, comics and toys.
No curious objects in the house that you need appraised? No worries! A $5 ticket is available for those who would like to attend the event without submitting an entry. Spend as much time as you like perusing the items submitted, catching lecture sessions or networking with fellow collectors. Enjoy delicious offerings available for purchase from food vendors at the event. Non-entry tickets will be available up to and throughout the day of the event.
All proceeds from Trash OR Treasure goes toward NCHS sponsored programs being held monthly at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, the Historic Train Depot and other locations in and around downtown Newnan.

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NCHS Executive Director Jeff Bishop on state board

NCHS Executive Director Jeff Bishop is sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal for service on the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

NCHS Executive Director Jeff Bishop is sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal for service on the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Executive Director Jeff Bishop was sworn in Monday, June 12, 2017, at the Georgia Capitol building by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

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Claire Hanna works on an architectural research project as 2017 summer intern with Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Claire Hanna works on an architectural research project as 2017 summer intern with Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Claire Hanna, of Newnan, is working as a student intern with Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for summer 2017.

Hanna is the daughter of Laura and Thomas Hanna of Newnan. She is currently a junior at the University of Georgia in Athens where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and a certificate in historic preservation.

For more see our What’s New page.

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FALL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

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CALL FOR ENTRIES!!

LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES FALL 2017 IS NOW OPEN!

Share what brings you joy and happiness by entering the Fall Simple Pleasures Photography Competition.

A Simple Pleasure is defined as a work from life’s little joys which includes a human and/or animal connection which conveys a feeling of pleasure via a family friendly, uplifting images (no nudity). 

DEADLINE IS AUGUST 4, 2017 BY 11:59 P.M.

For entry details go to http://www.simplepleasuresfoto.com/CallforEntries.html

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Arya Vishwanath, first place winner in 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show, with judge Julie Dice Wynn.

Arya Vishwanath, first place winner in 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show, with judge Julie Dice Wynn.

Awards presented for Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show

First place in Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest went to Arya Vishwanath for her image, “Colors in the Canyon.” Awards were presented at a reception Saturday afternoon, April 29 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

For the full list of winners, see our What’s New page.

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Lynn Smith shows one of her favorite hats in our current exhibit at McRitchie-Hollis.

Lynn Smith shows one of her favorite hats in our current exhibit at McRitchie-Hollis.

Hats, Hats, Hats … See Our Exhibition Through Summer

On display in the upstairs of McRitchie-Hollis Museum through summer is an exhibition of ladies’ hats from the collection donated by Lynn Smith. They span styles from the 1920s through the 1960s when the popularity of hats declined. Mrs. Smith, of Newnan, donated almost 500 hats, along with hat boxes. She gave a talk on hats and hat etiquette during a special program, Tea With Lynn, May 18 here at McRitchie-Hollis.

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NCHS works towards StEPs certification

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NCHS Curator Jessie Merrill, right, is assisted by NCHS Board member and former Curator Dorothy Pope as they frame their first AASLH (American Association for State & Local History) certificate of performance. The certificate acknowledges the museum’s completion of better than basic museum standards in the area of Collections Management. It is the first in five areas NCHS is working to complete to prepare for application to the American Association of Museums for accreditation.

The McRitchie-Hollis Museum has taken its first step toward accreditation as the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society recently completed the first hurdle in the StEPs program.

For more see our What’s New page.

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Jeff BishopNCHS Executive Director appointed to state board

Our own Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Executive Director Jeff Bishop has been appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council.

For more see our What’s New page.

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Furnishings from Taylor Glover collection in McRitchie-Hollis dining room.

Furnishings from Taylor Glover collection in McRitchie-Hollis dining room.

New exhbition of 1930s furnishings on view

Throughout McRitchie-Hollis Museum is a recently-acquired collection of 1930s furnishings from a grand home in Florida. The furnishings are a gift of Taylor Glover and family.

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Consider a contribution or membership to NCHS

Consider being a member of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Get our email newsletters and keep in touch with what’s going on.

A student/teacher/senior membership is only $25 annually. Individual is $50 and a family membership $75. There are donor levels for supporters and an opportunity to help with our Capital Improvement Fund — all tax deductible.

Members get free admission to our museums and a 10 percent discount on gift shop items. Just download the membership card, fill out with your address, phone and email (so we can send newsletters) and send with your check to NCHS, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan, GA 30264.
Thank you!

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Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • Newnan’s legendary Possum Suppers –  From a famous dinner given in Newnan during the campaign of Georgia Governor William Yates Atkinson (complete with a wildlife scene featuring live opossums) to the legendary Possum Suppers attended by Newnan businessmen and civic leaders into the 1950s, NCHS will be celebrating this North American marsupial with a special exhibition planned for August. We may even present our own “Possum Supper.” Stay tuned for details.
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  • 45 Years, 45 Objects –  In Fall 2017 NCHS will be celebrating a big anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects. We plan to show 45 objects, either from our collection or loaned for this exhibition. If you have an idea of an object you would like to see displayed, call us at 770-251-0207 or send an email to executive@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com .

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.

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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, call 770-251-0207.