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!
Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition
continues at McRitchie-Hollis Museum
A new interactive art exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” opened June 27 at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, and will be up through the summer.
The pastel and watercolor art, made by in-house artists hired by the Loew’s Grand Theater in cinema’s early days, are from the collection of the late Herb Bridges. The 50-some posters are from the 1930s and ’40s. “Gone With the Wind” famously debuted at the Loew’s Grand Dec. 15, 1939.
Visitors can navigate the original works of pulp art through a special interactive booklet made especially for this exhibit, featuring QR codes connected to each painting. The codes take visitors to movie trailers and clips from the classic films that are being featured. The book also features the last published interview with local collector Herb Bridges, known worldwide for his “Gone With the Wind” collection.
Special “fun buttons” are also spread throughout the museum with sound files, music, dialogue, and excerpts from an interview with collector Herb Bridges, who collected the posters. The exhibit is made by special arrangement with Mrs. Eleanor Bridges.
Visitors can also try their hand at making their own movie poster.
A small “mini-Grand” has been set up, as well, showcasing the classic black-and-white comedy, “Love Crazy,” starring Myna Loy and William Powell. Visitors can watch the entire film as part of the exhibit.
Those more interested in modern-day Hollywood can see dresses worn by Chelsea Handler and Heidi Klum, on loan from Underground Runway. The Klum dress was worn during the season finale of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Forty of the posters have never been displayed before, and this is the first time this collection has ever been displayed in Coweta County.
Tours of McRitchie-Hollis Museum are $5 adults / $2 for seniors and students. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-12 and 1-3. The museum is located at 74 Jackson St., beside the new University of West Georgia campus.
Finally! The Big Reveal
New art pieces on the Court Square went out recently after a reception for the artists and sponsors held on Sunday, June 7. They are part of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Children’s Committee fundraising project for a new planned Children’s Museum in Newnan.
The “All Roads Lead to Newnan” city-wide art project includes “painted” horses, trains and pickup trucks.
To click through a gallery of more pictures see our Facebook page!
Join ‘Scraptacular’ third wednesdays
Join the fun with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society every third Wednesday of the month at McRitchie-Hollis Museum to preserve your family history in fun scrapbooks.
“We have a newly-paved parking lot in the rear of the museum,” said Bishop.