McRitchie-Hollis MuseumThe Historic Depot

At the McRitchie-Hollis Museum:

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.

Jonas Allen

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 reception will be held for the artist at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to attend!

Rainy Days 37×37 2008 by Jonas Allen

Frustration 48×60 2015 by Jonas Allen


Black History Month

Special exhibit “UNBURIED” is on view in the McRitchie-Hollis courtyard through February

McRitchie-Hollis Museum presents an exhibit in the courtyard called “UNBURIED” in honor of Black History Month. Curated by Executive Director Jeff Bishop, it shares stories of actual enslaved persons who lived in Coweta County. Those viewing the exhibit of rock markers featuring names and a set of printed biographies are invited to leave a small stone or sea sgekk as a remembrance.

A program of stories of these often-forgotten early Coweta residents was shared the evening of Feb. 13.


Continuing at the McRitchie!

Exhibition: “45 Years, 45 Objects” 

Newnan City of Homes pageant dress, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

For Fall 2017 NCHS is celebrating a big anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects from our collections. The exhibit continues through Winter/Spring 2018.

Farmhouse model, NCHS “45 Years, 45 Objects.”

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 executive@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com .


Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show — Entry is open through midnight March 2 for our annual spring photography competition and exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show.

At the Depot History Center:

Newnan WAS a Civil War hospital town

Open by appointment, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Depot History Center has a series of paintings by local artist Martin Pate depicting events related to the Civil War Battle of Brown’s Mill.  In July 1864 Union and Confederate forces briefly clashed at the train depot on East Broad Street in downtown Newnan and soon were engaged in battle south of town. The battlefield is now preserved as a Coweta County public park, located along Millard Farmer Road. The old freight depot on East Broad Street serves as a backdrop for a collection of artifacts, including a display of Civil War-era weaponry. Also learn about Newnan’s role as a hospital town around the time of the siege of Atlanta, the area’s early settlement and the coming of the railroad, and use of the telegraph and the telegraphy school that was located in Newnan in the Reese Opera House building on South Court Square at Greenville Street. The Depot History Center is also available for event rental. Contact rentals@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or call 404-354-0168 or 770-251-0207 for more information.


At the Male Academy Museum:

The Male Academy now houses the ChildrenConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum

The Male Academy, 30 Temple Ave., Newnan, was the longtime headquarters of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society but is getting new life as it is transformed into the ChildrenConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum. Look for details from the Children’s Museum board on Facebook and the web.

For more information on Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, call us at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan; 770-251-0207.