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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.

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Awards Reception Saturday, April 29

Join us this SATURDAY, APRIL 29 AT 3 P.M. for the awards reception for Simple Pleasures Nature Show 2017 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum! Admission is FREE for the afternoon and refreshments will be provided. Voting is still open for People’s Choice, and the first, second and third place winners will be announced by judge Julie Dice Wynn. We hope to see everyone there! The event is sponsored by New Tech Photo and Fine Lines Art and Framing.

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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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Nature photography on view

April brings NCHS’s spring photography contest exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. See a variety of nature photography from close florals to landscapes in this juried show. Through April vote for People’s Choice during your visit to the museum.

First, second and third place prizes, along with People’s Choice, will be presented at the spring Simple Pleasures Awards Reception 3 p.m. April 29 at McRitchie-Hollis when admission will be free. Enjoy refreshments and meet the photographers whose work has been juried into the spring show. Along with close-ups of nature’s beauty there are images of landscapes and wildlife on display throughout the downstairs.

Regular McRitchie-Hollis Museum admission is $5 adults and $2 students, teachers and seniors 60 and up. Our hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St. Ample parking in back with entrance off Clark Street. For more information call 770-251-0207.

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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):
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  • Hats, hats hats! Opening the evening of April 27 with a reception and poetry reading  7 p.m. at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is the extensive ladies’ hat collection of State Rep. Lynn Smith. In connection with National Poetry Month in April, area poets are writing interpretive pieces to accompany the selection from the large (500-piece) collection of hats. The exhibition will be in the upstairs rooms.
  • Also coming May 6 is a “pop-up” exhibition on the Howard Warner School that is opening as a new community center on Savannah Street. The facility served Newnan’s Aftrican-American community and later housed offices for the Coweta County Board of Education. Historical items will be on view at the grand opening. A ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m.

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.