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 email@example.com or write to Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, P.O. Box 1001, Newnan, GA 30264.
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See the work of artist Jonas Allen at McRitchie-Hollis!
Meet the artist at an opening reception 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22
We are excited to announce that on Thursday, Feb. 22 a new exhibit featuring the works of Haitian artist Jonas Allen will open at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
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.”
A free public reception will be held for the artist at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Specialty Hatian food dishes will be served and music will be provided by Musicology. You are invited to attend!
For Black History Month
Visit Special February Exhibit “UNBURIED” in the McRitchie-Hollis courtyard
In the 19th century, People of Color comprised half of Newnan’s population.
Overwhelmingly, their names, stories, and grave sites are lost forever.
A program presented by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Tuesday evening Feb. 13 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum invited attendees to help remember some of those early Cowetans. Christine B. Arinze-Samuel, better known to audiences as “Sistah Olufemi,” brought her individual style of storytelling for the unveiling of the NCHS’s new outdoor exhibit, “UNBURIED.”
“Unfortunately, most of the stories of the thousands of People of Color who lived in early Newnan are gone forever,” said Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Executive Director W. Jeff Bishop, who curated the new exhIbit. “Even though they provided the labor that built the local infrastructure, including the roads and railroads, and fueled the South’s agricultural economic engine, People of Color were intentionally left out of our history books, excluded from our cemeteries, and generally erased from the public record, and therefore from public memory.”
“We are trying, the best we can at this late date, to restore those stories and fill that void in our collective narrative,” Bishop said.
“UNBURIED” is one small step in that direction, Bishop said. He consulted local history books, antebellum newspapers, old court cases, tax records, diaries, government documents, and other sources to piece together stories from this important period in Coweta County’s history.
Tour the new outdoor exhibit and learn the forgotten stories of some of the slaves who lived in the Newnan and Coweta County community and helped to build it. Bishop printed the gathered stories and presented them as laminated pages to be held and read by exhibit viewers.
Throughout the Black History Month observance during February, visitors to McRitchie-Hollis Museum are also invited to participate by touching the stones in the exhibit, which are inscribed with the names of these early residents, and “leave behind something in memory,” using shells, stones, and other items that are provided.
Simple Pleasures Nature Show Opens in April
DEADLINE TO ENTER PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION MIDNIGHT MARCH 2
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum is proud to host its 4th Annual Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Competition for spring 2018.
The juried competition is comprised of uplifting images of nature featuring landscapes, wildlife, water, flowers and trees. The only requirement in submissions is that no manmade objects are allowed in the photographs.
THE DEADLINE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION is March 2, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (Please visit www.simplepleasuresfoto.com for submission details or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an entry form.)
Beginners, amateurs and professionals alike are welcome to compete via blind judging wherein all photographer identification is removed before being juried. Simple Pleasures offers photographers the opportunity to enter three photographs for the low entry fee of $35, making it possible for photographers from all income levels to compete.
Cash prizes are awarded solely on the merit of work for first, second and third place chosen by the judge who will announce winners at the awards reception on Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Fine Line Arts & Framing of Newnan (preferred framer for the event), is determined by online voting. Images will be made available for viewing online at www.simplepleasuresfoto.com . Voting is limited to one email address per person emailed to email@example.com noting the title of an image. Visitors to the McRitchie-Hollis Museum will also have the opportunity to vote.
“The family friendly event is a joy to behold and a free event for the community,” said show coordinator Jessie Merrell of NCHS. “We hope some of our NCHS members will consider entering this year’s competition, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the show!”
If you have questions, stop by the NCHS offices at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan during regular hours 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call 770-251-0207.
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Exhibition: “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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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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
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.
- 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.
- For Women’s History Month, hear Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, University of West Georgia — Historic Train Depot, March 20, 7 p.m. Dr. Chalifoux will put the “Me, Too” movement into historical context. Dr. Chalifoux’s Fields of Study: US Women’s History, The American South, Labor History, History of Sexuality, and Modern America.
- 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 email@example.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.