Exhibits

McRitchie-Hollis MuseumThe Historic Depot

At the McRitchie-Hollis Museum:

Colors in the Canyon, Arya Vishwanath, 1st Place

Colors in the Canyon, Arya Vishwanath, 1st Place

Nature photography on view

NCHS’s spring photography contest exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show is on view through May at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. See a variety of nature photography from close florals to landscapes in this juried show. Winners were honored at a reception April 29 including first, second, third and People’s Choice.

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.

Robert Coakley took second place in the spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest for his image “Feeding Time,” showing a mother woodpecker feeding her offspring.

Robert Coakley took second place in the spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest for his image “Feeding Time,” showing a mother woodpecker feeding her offspring.

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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Hats, Hats and more Hats!

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The Hats of Lynn Smith

In the upstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, along with our permanent exhibits, see a sampling of the vast Lynn Smith collection of hats from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society archives. State Rep. Lynn Smith collected almost 500 hats ranging in styles from the early 1900s  through about the 1960s when the wearing of hats fell out of favor. Some are from family members, others were purchased. Along with the hats are hat boxes from shops in Newnan, Columbus, Atlanta and more.

On May 18 Mrs. Smith will share some of her vast knowledge of hats and hat etiquette in a free program 3-5 p.m. There will be light refreshments, but seating is limited. Please call for a reservation at 770-251-0207.

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Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • 45 Years, 45 Objects.  As we celebrate the anniversary of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s founding, we plan a special exhibition of objects that reflect Coweta County’s history … 45 Years, 45 Objects. The exhibition will open in October in the upstairs rooms.
  • Coming in early 2018 will be an exhibition on the Howard Warner School that opened May 6, 2017 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.
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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.

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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.