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 2017 Exhibitions

David Boyd Jr. art show “Vanishing” show at McRitchie-Hollis

received_10209727655841579The show of Newnan artist David Boyd Jr. continues after an opening reception Tuesday, Jan. 31 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Boyd is well-known in Newnan and Coweta County as a member of the “Society of Seven.”

His paintings are in the downstairs rooms through March.

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At the McRitchie-Hollis Museum:

David Boyd Jr. art show “Vanishing” show at McRitchie-Hollis

received_10209727655841579The show of Newnan artist David Boyd Jr. continues after an opening reception Tuesday, Jan. 31 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Boyd is well-known in Newnan and Coweta County as a member of the “Society of Seven.”

His paintings are in the downstairs rooms through March.

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David Boyd Jr. art show “Vanishing” show at McRitchie-Hollis

received_10209727655841579The show of Newnan artist David Boyd Jr. continues after an opening reception Tuesday, Jan. 31 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Boyd is well-known in Newnan and Coweta County as a member of the “Society of Seven.”

His paintings are in the downstairs rooms through March.

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Upstairs:
LAST WEEK for our “Coweta County Remembered” exhibit! Come see historic photos spanning over a century of Newnan and Coweta County history!
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“Coweta County Remembered” presents a sampling of the images collected through a project of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society with The Newnan Times-Herald. Coordinated by the late Herb Bridges, NCHS’s first president, the project spanned more than three decades from the 1980s through 2014. The pictures are being compiled in a digital archive.
See images of Coweta lifestyles, fashion, events, business, agriculture, changing transportation, downtown images, schools, sports and more.
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Upstairs:
LAST WEEK for our “Coweta County Remembered” exhibit! Come see historic photos spanning over a century of Newnan and Coweta County history!
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“Coweta County Remembered” presents a sampling of the images collected through a project of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society with The Newnan Times-Herald. Coordinated by the late Herb Bridges, NCHS’s first president, the project spanned more than three decades from the 1980s through 2014. The pictures are being compiled in a digital archive.
See images of Coweta lifestyles, fashion, events, business, agriculture, changing transportation, downtown images, schools, sports and more.
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LAST WEEK for our “Coweta County Remembered” exhibit! Come see historic photos spanning over a century of Newnan and Coweta County history!

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Costumes from “The Founder” movie about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc on display
Costumes worn by actors portraying restaurant workers during Newnan filming of “The Founder,” staring Michael Keaton, are on display at McRitchie-Hollis Museum in a mini-exhbit.
The movie, with scenes filmed in a mock-up of the first McDonald’s erected in the Coweta County Administration Building parking lot, opened in wide release Jan. 20 including at the Carmike theater in Newnan.
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New at McRitchie-Hollis

  • “The Founder,” a mini-exhibit celebrating the opening of the movie about the McDonald’s founder filmed partially in Newnan., is on display in the foyer at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The film opened opened to wide release January 20, 2017, with several showings in the metro-Atlanta area including the Carmike on Highway 34 East, Newnan.the-founder-poster

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Early January – “The Founder,” a mini-exhibit celebrating the opening of the movie about the McDonald’s founder filmed partially in Newnan., at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Film opening has been moved to wide release January 20, 2017.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential.
Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.
  • Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
  • Genre: Drama, Special Interest
  • Directed By: John Lee Hancock
  • Written By: Robert D. Siegel
  • In Theaters: Jan 20, 2017 Wide
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
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“Spectrum,” an art show featuring the works of Newnan area artist Tiffany Thomas is presented for the holidays through Jan. 2017 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. An opening reception was held Nov. 1, 2016.
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“Spectrum,” an art show featuring the works of Newnan area artist Tiffany Thomas is presented for the holidays at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. An opening reception was held Nov. 1, 2016.
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2016 Exhibitions

Fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest winners’ work on display

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People's Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry "Silly Boys."

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People’s Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry “Silly Boys.”

Continuing during October at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is the display of juried photos for the fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest.

Entries represent the photographers’ interpretation of “simple pleasures” and reflect scenes familiar to families as well as from travels throughout the globe.

Visitors touring McRitchie-Hollis Museum during September were invited to view the photography exhibition and select their own favorite for the “People’s Choice” award, which was presented with announcement of the other top winners at the Photographers’ Awards Reception Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Winners were selected in blind judging by a panel headed by well-known Newnan photographer Billy Newman. He was on hand Oct. 1 to present the awards and talk to the photographers.

Congratulations to the winners in the Fall 2016 Simple Pleasures photography contest!
Taking First Place as well as the People’s Choice award in the contest hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society was Lisa Stephens with “Silly Boys,” a photo of two boys playing in fall leaves.

Second place winning photo was “Charming Charlie” by Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia. The image is of a snake charmer she encountered on an international trip.

Third place photo was “Aunt Julia Remembers” by Lori Harrell. Her winning photo showed a woman petting a horse.

Newman’s criteria for judging were:
1 — The photo had to reflect a Simple Pleasure.
2 — It had to be a technically good photo.
3 — There had to be a strong element of creativity and uniqueness.

Honorable Mention awards in the Fall 2016 show went to:
–”Rebellious Dancer,” by Harper Wolf, a young girl dancing near a No Trespassing sign.
–”Jackleg,” by Aneta Harris, an image showing a dog paw appearing to hold a house.
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–”Morning Stretch,” by Lori Kolbenschlag, a backlit image of a runner stretching.

Simple Pleasures includes an annual fall show, as well as an annual spring “nature show.” It is now under the wing of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Be looking for the call for entries for the 2017 Spring Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show which focuses on images that are strictly nature photography with no human or man-made elements.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking at the rear of the museum with driveway entry off Clark Street.

For more information call 770-251-0207.

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Fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest winners’ work on display

Continuing through October at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is the fall 2016 Simple Pleasures Photography Contest exhibition.

Winners were announced at an awards reception Saturday, Oct. 1, honoring the participating photographers.

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People's Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry "Silly Boys."

Fall Simple Pleasures First Place and People’s Choice winner Lisa Stephens with her entry “Silly Boys.”

Entries represent the photographers’ interpretation of “simple pleasures” and reflect scenes familiar to families as well as from travels throughout the globe.

Visitors touring McRitchie-Hollis Museum during September were invited to vote for their own favorite for the “People’s Choice” award.

Winners were selected in blind judging by a panel headed by well-known Newnan photographer Billy Newman. He was on hand Oct. 1 to present the awards and share his expertise with the photographers.

Simple Pleasures includes an annual fall show, as well as an annual spring “nature show.” It is now under the wing of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Be looking soon for the call for entries for the “2017 Spring Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show,” which focuses on images that are strictly nature photography with no human or man-made elements.

McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., just north of downtown Newnan. There is ample free parking at the rear of the museum with driveway entry off Clark Street.

For more information call 770-251-0207.

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Continuing Exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis:

Salute to Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics

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Open for July and August at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our salute to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the Torch Run that crisscrossed the U.S. mainland and made its way through Newnan and Coweta County 20 years ago.

As Unites States athletes compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society reflects on the ’96 Games with and assortment of items, particularly from our own board member John Thrasher and State Rep. Lynn Smith who were both involved with operation of the Atlanta Games.

Thrasher has shared memorabilia including the torch he carried along Bullsboro Drive in the days leading to the ’96 Games. It should be noted that the torches were manufactured in part from aluminum pieces made by William L Bonnell Co. in Newnan and pecan wood milled by a local firm.

There are also pins, souvenirs and photographs from various events.

Included are uniforms worn by Thrasher as a volunteer for Georgia Power Company and at the opening and closing ceremonies, and a security uniform worn by Cowetan Frank Reece.

Lynn Smith served with a committee that worked with the team from Benin, a small country in Africa. In return for the hospitality shown his team, the coach insisted that Smith take the ceremonial robes he wore in the opening and closing ceremonies in ’96. Since that time she has used them whenever speaking about her experiences at the ’96 Games.

Come share your own memories of the Summer Games in Atlanta 20 years ago in a memory book journal we have available.

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20-year anniversary of 1996 Atlanta Olympics

marked with exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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Numerous Cowetans were involved with the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and a new exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum reflects on both the Olympics and the Torch Run that brought the flame through U.S. cities including Newnan 20 years ago.
Memorabilia has been shared by participants and spectators, including items from Newnan-Coweta Historical Society board member and treasurer John Thrasher who was involved in the Games as an employee of Georgia Power and who was one of the local torch bearers — carrying the flame along a section of Bullsboro Drive.
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Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will be saluting the Olympics with a time to reflect about the ’96 Games during a free reception 2 p.m. Aug. 6. John Thrasher plans to be on hand to share personal memories of his time with the 1996 Summer Olympics.
The Centennial Olympics took place in metro Atlanta and outlying sites such as the University of Georgia in Athens and in Savannah between July 19 and Aug. 4, 1996. Atlanta Olympics Committee Chair Billy Payne and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young lobbied for the Olympics to be held in Atlanta to prove that the South was no longer impoverished and had moved past the racial tensions of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Atlanta was selected in 1978 by the Olympic Committee, beating out Athens, Greece and front-runner Toronto, Canada.
The Olympic Torch Relay covered some 16,669 miles, crisscrossing through 42 states to Atlanta, More than 12,000 torch bearers took part in the relay which culminated with Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Cauldron at the opening ceremonies at the stadium that was later transformed into today’s Turner Field. The torch bearers were determined via an international selection program run by Coca-Cola.
Coweta citizen and Georgia Department of Corrections employee Duke Blackburn developed the route for the Olympic Torch Relay and supervised 1,200 Georgia law officers on the trek across the United States mainland. Georgia State Patrol Trooper Wayne Carlisle, also a Coweta resident, was a member of the team assisting with security for the relay.
The torches were designed by Malcolm Grear and assembled from aluminum parts manufactured in Newnan by William L Bonnell Company and pecan wood that was harvested and prepared locally by Woodmizer South plant of Newnan. The torches include 22 aluminum reeds, which represent the number of times that the Games had been held. All 20 host cities are listed on a gold band on the torches.
John Thrasher, in addition to carrying one of the torches in the relay, acted as a field marshal for the Games. He assisted at the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympic stadium in Atlanta. He also attended an equestrian event and was at one of the women’s soccer games in Sanford Stadium at UGA, witnessing the U.S.team take home the gold in the first women’s soccer event in Olympic history.
Visitors who were in Atlanta for the Olympics can take a walk down memory lane as they view the torch, souvenirs and images from events, various uniforms, a selection of the popular trading pins and even an “Izzy” mascot doll. The museum also has a journal for visitors to share their own memories of attending or assisting with events during the ’96 Games.

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Bathing Beauties:
The Evolution of Swimwear
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Open for the summer, June through Sept. 8, 2016, upstairs at McRitchie-Hollis Museum was our exhibition “Bathing Beauties” on the evolution of swimwear styles with period examples from the NCHS collections!
Bathing Suite_Blue&WhiteThis exhibition, researched and organized by NCHS Curator Jessie Merrell, shared about the evolution of swimwear styles from the 1890s through the post WWII years.
 On display from the NCHS collections and on loan from members were examples of swimwear, both men’s and ladies’ suits, from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
There was also information about popular “swimming holes” and fishing spots in the Coweta area including Pearl Lake.
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Bathing Beauties:
The Evolution of Swimwear
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Upstairs for Summer 2016 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our exhibition Bathing Beauties on the evolution of swimwear styles with period examples from the NCHS collections!
Bathing Suite_Blue&WhiteThis exhibition, researched and organized by NCHS Curator Jessie Merrell, shares about the evolution of swimwear styles from the 1890s through the post WWII years.
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The new “Bathing Beauties” exhibit incorporates swimsuits from our collection and it discusses the evolution of trends in swimwear, as well as local “swimming holes” from various periods, such as Pearl Springs. This exhibit went up in late May and continued through June and July.
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Travel the Dixie Highway at McRitchie-Hollis and 

Learn About Chenille Textiles along “Peacock Alley”

Mrs. J. A. Green and her son, Allen Burton, make tufted bedspreads on U.S. Highway 41 in Bartow County, 1933. Green was one of the first in the county to make chenille bedspreads.

Mrs. J. A. Green and her son, Allen Burton, make tufted bedspreads on U.S. Highway 41 in Bartow County, 1933. Green was one of the first in the county to make chenille bedspreads.

By the 1930s vacationers from the North headed for summer vacations at the beach in Florida saw clotheslines filled with tufted chenille bedspreads displayed along the Dixie Highway, which followed the rout of U.S. Highway 41, through Dalton and other small communities in northwest Georgia. The section earned the name “Peacock Alley.”
This hand-tufted chenille bedspread, popularized during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was displayed at the Prater's Mill Country Fair in Varnell. The peacock motif appeared on many of the spreads made during the 1930s. - Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development

This hand-tufted chenille bedspread, popularized during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was displayed at the Prater’s Mill Country Fair in Varnell. The peacock motif appeared on many of the spreads made during the 1930s.
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McRitchie-Hollis Museum for July and August 2016 presents a traveling exhibition on building of the Dixie Highway, the tourist industry of hotels and shops that developed, and the cottage industry that was the start for the carpet industry in north Georgia. The photo exhibition is on loan from the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia in Dalton.
Learn more from the New Georgia Encyclopedia. CLICK HERE
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Salute to 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta

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Just opened July 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our salute to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the Torch Run that crisscrossed the U.S. mainland and made its way through Newnan and Coweta County.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will be saluting the Olympics with a time to reflect about the ’96 Games during a free reception 2 p.m. Aug. 6 (date changed to Aug. 6 due to a scheduling conflict). John Thrasher plans to be on hand to share personal memories of his time with the 1996 Summer Olympics.

One of the local torch runners, John Thrasher, a member of the NCHS board of directors, has shared memorabilia including the torch he carried along Bullsoro Drive. The torches were manufactured from aluminum pieces made by William L Bonnell Co. in Newnan and wood milled by a local firm.

There are also pins, souvenirs and photographs from various events.

Included are uniforms worn by Thrasher as a volunteer at the opening and closing ceremonies, and a security uniform worn by Cowetan Frank Reece.

Come share memories of the Summer Games in Atlanta 20 years ago as U.S. athletes prepare to compete in Rio.

For more see our What’s New page.

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Travel the Dixie Highway this summer at McRitchie-Hollis Museum
July 5, 2016

Signposts along the Dixie Highway

Signposts along the Dixie Highway

Opening this first week of July at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum is a photo exhibit of the Gateway to the South, the old Dixie Highway.
Explore the once well-traveled Dixie Highway, the first proto-Interstate Highway through the South, that offered “paved access” all the way from the North to Florida.
1929 Georgia Highway map showing routes of Dixie Highway

1929 Georgia Highway map showing routes of Dixie Highway

The photo history of the old road, sections of which still exist to this day, is on loan from the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia in Dalton. The North Georgia cottage industry selling tufted chenille bedspreads to travelers along the route gave rise to the carpet industry that made the Dalton area the carpet capital of the world.
The exhibit will be at McRitchie-Hollis through July and August.
Travel expanded in the early 1900s with advent of the automobile. By the 1930s vacationers from the North headed to Georgia and Florida beaches saw clotheslines filled with tufted chenille bedspreads displayed along U.S. Highway 41, through Dalton and other small communities in northwest Georgia. The area earned the name “Peacock Alley” from one of the popular, colorful designs. Tourists often stopped and bought these spreads, sometimes believing them to be examples of authentic American folk crafts.

Mrs. J. A. Green and her son, Allen Burton, make tufted bedspreads on U.S. Highway 41 in Bartow County, 1933. Green was one of the first in the county to make chenille bedspreads.

Mrs. J. A. Green and her son, Allen Burton, make tufted bedspreads on U.S. Highway 41 in Bartow County, 1933. Green was one of the first in the county to make chenille bedspreads.

According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Catherine Evans (later Catherine Evans Whitener) revived the handcraft technique of tufting in the 1890s near Dalton. Tufted bedspreads, which proved popular not only locally but also regionally and nationally, consisted of cotton sheeting to which Evans and (later) others would apply designs with raised “tufts” of thick yarn. These tufted bedspreads were often referred to as chenille products. Chenille, the French word for “caterpillar,” is generally used to describe fabrics that have a thick pile (raised yarn ends) protruding all around at right angles. Most tufted bedspreads did not meet the strict definition of chenille, yet the term stuck.

This hand-tufted chenille bedspread, popularized during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was displayed at the Prater's Mill Country Fair in Varnell. The peacock motif appeared on many of the spreads made during the 1930s. - Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development

This hand-tufted chenille bedspread, popularized during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was displayed at the Prater’s Mill Country Fair in Varnell. The peacock motif appeared on many of the spreads made during the 1930s.
- Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development

The handcraft of tufting played an important role in the economic development of northwest Georgia. Evans and others who learned the technique stamped familiar patterns onto blank sheets, then filled the patterns with yarn. As the products grew in popularity, merchants in the Dalton region took an interest in marketing the spreads. By the 1920s tufted bedspreads appeared on the shelves of department stores in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia and other major cities.
Merchants organized a vast “putting out” system to fill the growing demand. They established “spread houses,” usually small warehouses (or homes) where patterns were stamped onto sheets. Men called haulers would then deliver the stamped sheets and yarn to thousands of rural homes in north Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Families then sewed in the patterns.
The hauler would make another round of visits to pick up the spreads, pay the tufters (or “turfers,” as they sometimes called themselves), and return the products to the spread houses for finishing. Finishing involved washing the spreads in hot water to shrink them and lock in the yarn tufts. The tufted spreads could also be dyed in a variety of colors.
The participation of farm families in this industry provided badly needed cash incomes and helped these families weather the Great Depression. It also produced fortunes for some. Dalton’s B. J. Bandy (aided by his wife, Dicksie Bradley Bandy) was reputedly the first man to make $1 million in the bedspread business by the late 1930s, but many others followed.
In the 1930s such companies as Cabin Crafts began to bring the handwork from the farms into factories. These new firms also began mechanizing the industry by adapting sewing machines to the task of inserting raised yarn tufts.
The industrialization of tufting raised productivity and created a booming local textile industry centered in Dalton. The remarkable success of tufted bedspreads led companies to experiment with other products, such as robes, tank sets (fuzzy covers for toilets), and small rugs.
The experimentation with small rugs eventually led some of these companies to begin using the machine tufting process to cover an entire piece of room-sized (nine feet by twelve feet or so) backing material with raised yarn tufts to produce carpets. In the 1950s carpets surpassed bedspreads and other tufted products and became a staple of American consumption.
Traveling the Dixie Highway soon became part of American popular culture, promoted in magazines, travel literature and even inspiring songwriters.

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The Dixie Highway followed several routes through Georgia. Communities promoted tourist attractions along the way like the Incline Railway at Chattanooga, the Civil War battlefields of northwest Georgia, Rock City gardens, Stone Mountain near Atlanta or the peach orchards of south Georgia. Postcards showed accommodations for overnight guests from upscale hotels to tourist courts to cottages and cabins, or travelers might camp with travel trailers.
Muddy conditions and river crossings were particular hazards for drivers before paving of routes along the Dixie Highway. Bridges were built and roads were improved, sometimes by local townspeople but often with prison labor.
An extra advantage of the road improvements was that the highway provided routes for local commerce. In the late 1800s the primary means of transport of goods had been the railroads with smaller roads built like spokes of a wheel from farms to small towns.
The route through Georgia generally followed Highway 19 and 41, and much of it still exits as byways today.

The Dixie Highway exhibition includes 24 photographic display stands depicting scenes of the famous route’s construction and stops along the way.

The Dixie Highway exhibition includes 24 photographic display stands depicting scenes of the famous route’s construction and stops along the way.

Learn more about the Dixie Highway online at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

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See our exhibition on pivotal 1948 John Wallace murder trial

There are only a few weeks left for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s exhibition about the 1948 murder case that sent Meriwether land baron John Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair.

“Flies at the Well,” new musical drama based on the events of the case and Newnan trial, premiered this spring April 1-3.

The play, presented by Newnan Theatre Company, sets the events of the 1948 Newnan murder trial of John Wallace against a score of Shape Note and gospel musical tradition.

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The historical exhibition opened in the upstairs galleries at McRitchie-Hollis Museum April 1, the night of the premiere. It shares information on the actual case and trial that sent Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair and features artifacts and memorabilia on loan from Joe Crain Sr. of Newnan.

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Learn about the Wallace murder case and trial recounted by Margaret Anne Barnes in her book “Murder in Coweta County,” and that were the basis for  the1983 CBS made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash as Sheriff Lamar Potts and Andy Griffith as John Wallace. “Flies at the Well” incorporates 19th century Shape Note and gospel music as a background for the story of the 1948 murder and trial. Learn some of the history of the Shape Note and black gospel music traditions that are a major part of the production … see our What’s New section or CLICK HERE. Wallace brochures_hotoffpresses

For a digital version of our new brochure on area locations associated with the 1948 murder case and trial of John Wallace, go to our SELF-GUIDED TOURS page.

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See our exhibition on pivotal 1948 John Wallace murder trial

“Flies at the Well,” new musical drama, recently premiered April 1-3, and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has a new exhibition about the 1948 murder case that sent Meriwether land baron John Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair. The play, presented by Newnan Theatre Company, sets the events of the 1948 Newnan murder trial of John Wallace against a score of Shape Note and gospel musical tradition. 12933155_1148914675142309_30751531569155589_n

The new historical exhibition opened in the upstairs galleries at McRitchie-Hollis Museum April 1, the night of the premiere. It shares information on the actual case and trial that sent Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair and features artifacts and memorabilia on loan from Joe Crain Sr. of Newnan.

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Learn about the Wallace murder case and trial recounted by Margaret Anne Barnes in her book “Murder in Coweta County,” and that were the basis for  the1983 CBS made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash as Sheriff Lamar Potts and Andy Griffith as John Wallace. “Flies at the Well” incorporates 19th century Shape Note and gospel music as a background for the story of the 1948 murder and trial. Learn some of the history of the Shape Note and black gospel music traditions that are a major part of the production … see our What’s New section.Wallace brochures_hotoffpresses

For a digital version of our new brochure on area locations associated with the 1948 murder case and trial of John Wallace, go to our SELF-GUIDED TOURS page.

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New History Exhibition at the McRitchie-Hollis!

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Investigate the 1948 John Wallace murder trial that inspired the Margaret Anne Barnes best-selling book “Murder in Coweta County,” as well as the 1983 TV movie and the new play, “Flies at the Well!”

Our new exhibition is in the upstairs at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and includes artifacts from the investigation and memorabilia shared by Joe Crain Sr. of Newnan, as well as information panels on the investigation and trial. We have also developed a brochure detailing locations in West Georgia associated with the people involved in the murder case, the trial and the 1983 CBS made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash as Sheriff Lamar Potts and Andy Griffith as John Wallace.

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Brochures showing locations related to the John Wallace case and trial have bee produced by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Brochures showing locations related to the John Wallace case and trial have bee produced by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

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New exhibition recounts pivotal 1948 murder trial

A new special exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum opened April 1 in conjunction with the world premiere of new play “Flies at the Well” about the 1948 trial that sent John Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair. The play was performed at Wadsworth Auditorium April 1-3.

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The special exhibition includes artifacts from the sensational murder case on loan from Joe Crain Sr. of Newnan. It is in the upstairs space at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
The John Wallace trial and murder investigation were inspiration for the best-selling Margaret Anne Barnes book, “Murder in Coweta County,” and the TV movie starring Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show runs through June 30

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show” is on display through June 30 in the downstairs galleries at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Come vote for the “People’s Choice” award — there is no charge to vote.

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Closing reception this Thursday, June 30 for Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show

Until then, Vote for the “People’s Choice” award!

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show is on display through this Thursday, June 30 in the downstairs galleries at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson Street, Newnan.

A closing reception will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

At that time, the 2016 winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Voting is ongoing with ballots at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum for those viewing the photography show.

The reception also provides an opportunity to say goodbye to Simple Pleasures show founder, Carla Cook Smith, who is stepping down from her position as executive director and will be introducing the new face of Simple Pleasures who will continue to raise funds for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society via the two annual shows: Simple Pleasures (whatever a photographer deems a simple pleasure to be) in September/October and Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show that opens in April.

While she will no longer have an active role in the national photography competition, Carla Cook Smith will be a part of the show as Founder Emeritus of Simple Pleasures.

The show has been noted by Georgia Conservancy Board member and judge Kathryn Kolb as one of the strongest nature shows in the state.

If the date of the closing reception does not meet with your schedule, be sure to see the exhibit before it closes June 30 and cast your vote for favorite photograph for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fine Lines Art & Framing and New Tech Photo.

First, second, third and honorable mention winners were recognized at a reception April 2.

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show on display through June 30

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show” displays its juried selections through June 30 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Come vote for the “People’s Choice” award — there is no charge to vote.

Show winners for first, second, third and honorable mention were named at the opening reception April 2.

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

This is a juried photography exhibition comprised of strictly nature photography – no man made elements should be present within images submitted for judging. Photographers from across the globe compete for cash prizes and talent recognition.

Show director Carla Cook Smith relayed that judge Kathryn Kolb felt this was one of the strongest shows she has judged. Winners were selected in blind judging, where the photographers’ identities were concealed.

This spring’s winners and honorable mention recipients are:

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER
Jim Johns, “Fall in Orleans” – SECOND PLACE
Lori Kolbenschlag, “Esperanza Eterna” (Eternal Hope) – THIRD PLACE
Julie Wynn, “Reflections of Nature” – FOURTH PLACE/HONORABLE MENTION
Matthew Borland, “Early Morning” – HONORABLE MENTION
Joni Chamberlin “Georgia Cotton” – HONORABLE MENTION
Lori Kolbenschlag “Sunrise Snowfall” – HONORABLE MENTION
Lis Roop “Morning Whelk” – HONORABLE MENTION
Angela Tinsley, “My Tree” – HONORABLE MENTION
Julie Dice Wynn, “Silent Whispers” – HONORABLE MENTION
Ron Veal, “On the Hunt” – HONORABLE MENTION
Lis Roop, “Sand Dollar” – HONORABLE MENTION
Marie Umbach, “Remodeling Nest” – HONORABLE MENTION

The nature photography show was added to the Simple Pleasures calendar in 2015. Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia was named as the inaugural winner, followed by Vinson Smith of Stockbridge whose work took second place. This year’s spring show attracted more than 20 photographers with more than 70 entries.
For additional details see the Simple Pleasures website, www.simplepleasuresfoto.com . And look for updated posts on Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Facebook page.

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show runs through June 30

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER, with show director Carla Cook Smith.

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show” is on display through June 30 in the downstairs galleries at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Come vote for the “People’s Choice” award — there is no charge to vote.

The People’s Choice award will be announced at the closing reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Free to the public.

This is an annual  juried photography exhibition comprised of strictly nature photography – no man made elements should be present within images submitted for judging. Photographers from across the globe compete for cash prizes and talent recognition. Simple Pleasures beginning in 2016 has joined with Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, and any show proceeds and a portion of any photography sales, will go to support projects of the society such as improved gallery lighting and new exhibition hanging systems.

Winning photographs were announced at the April 2, 2016,  opening reception for the Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show competition.
Show director Carla Cook Smith relayed that judge Kathryn Kolb felt this was one of the strongest shows she has judged. Winners were selected in blind judging, where the photographers’ identities were concealed.
The photographs will be on display in the downstairs galleries at McRitchie-Hollis Museum through June 30.
Julie Dice Wynn, “Morning Reflection” – FIRST PLACE WINNER
Jim Johns, “Fall in Orleans” – SECOND PLACE
Lori Kolbenschlag, “Esperanza Eterna” (Eternal Hope) – THIRD PLACE
Julie Wynn, “Reflections of Nature” – FOURTH PLACE/HONORABLE MENTION
Matthew Borland, “Early Morning” – HONORABLE MENTION
Joni Chamberlin “Georgia Cotton” – HONORABLE MENTION
Lori Kolbenschlag “Sunrise Snowfall” – HONORABLE MENTION
Lis Roop “Morning Whelk” – HONORABLE MENTION
Angela Tinsley, “My Tree” – HONORABLE MENTION
Julie Dice Wynn, “Silent Whispers” – HONORABLE MENTION
Ron Veal, “On the Hunt” – HONORABLE MENTION
Lis Roop, “Sand Dollar” – HONORABLE MENTION
Marie Umbach, “Remodeling Nest” – HONORABLE MENTION

Jim Johns, “Fall in Orleans” – SECOND PLACE

Jim Johns, “Fall in Orleans” – SECOND PLACE

Lori Kolbenschlag, “Esperanza Eterna” (Eternal Hope) – THIRD PLACE. Kolbenschlag, right, and show director Carla Cook Smith, left.

Lori Kolbenschlag, “Esperanza Eterna” (Eternal Hope) – THIRD PLACE. Kolbenschlag, right, and show director Carla Cook Smith, left.

The nature photography show was added to the Simple Pleasures calendar in 2015. This year’s show has attracted more than 20 photographers with more than 70 entries.
For additional details see the Simple Pleasures website, www.simplepleasuresfoto.com .

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Also, entry is under way for the fall Simple Pleasures competition. This contest is for images of any simple pleasure — should have a human or animal element. The entry deadline is August 1 for the show, which opens Saturday, Oct. 1 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Those interested may email registration information and images being entered and pay online via the “Donate” PayPal button on the www.simplepleasuresfoto.com website.

Entry forms with full details are available at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum during The Nature Show exhibition, or download one here:

Simple Pleasures Entry Form 2016

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Beyond Cups & Bowls show at Male Academy through mid July

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Beyond Cups & Bowls, a juried fine art clay competition show and sale, is on dispay through mid July at the Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Ave. in Newnan.

If you’re looking for high quality, creative, clay art, this is the answer. Beyond Cups & Bowls pushes the creative envelope in the world of muddy hands and clay.

For full information go to the website: http://www.beyondcupsandbowls.com/ or call  770-688-5844.

An opening reception with Artist Showcase & Preview Sale (inside artists)
was Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m., including the jazz of saxophonist Antoine Knight, great art, talent recognition and good food.

Additional parking available in the nearby parking lot behind the McRitchie-Hollis Museum (1 block away) next door to the West Georgia campus (old Newnan Hospital)

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Learn about pivotal 1948 John Wallace murder trial

“Flies at the Well,” new musical drama, recently premiered April 1-3, and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has mounted an exhibition sharing details about the 1948 murder case that sent Meriwether land baron John Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair.

The exhibition runs through early July when we bring memories of the 1996 Torch Run for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The play, presented by Newnan Theatre Company, sets the events of the 1948 Newnan murder trial of John Wallace against a score of Shape Note and gospel musical tradition.

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The new historical exhibition opened in the upstairs galleries at McRitchie-Hollis Museum April 1, the night of the premiere. It shares information on the actual case and trial that sent Wallace to Georgia’s electric chair and features artifacts and memorabilia on loan from Joe Crain Sr. of Newnan.

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Learn about the Wallace murder case and trial recounted by Margaret Anne Barnes in her book “Murder in Coweta County,” and that were the basis for  the1983 CBS made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash as Sheriff Lamar Potts and Andy Griffith as John Wallace.

“Flies at the Well” incorporates 19th century Shape Note and gospel music as a background for the story of the 1948 murder and trial.

Learn some of the history of the Shape Note and black gospel music traditions that are a major part of the production … see our What’s New section or CLICK HERE.

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For a digital version of our new brochure on area locations associated with the 1948 murder case and trial of John Wallace, go to our SELF-GUIDED TOURS page.

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Art of Carl Charles Tait at McRitchie-Hollis
Original art by Carl Charles Tait

Original art by Carl Charles Tait

As a special treat for the 2015 Christmas holidays and early 2016 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum has been artwork of late LaGrange artist and businessman Carl Charles Tait.
He created a line of greeting cards in his early years and his original art is on display. Early in his career Tait worked for B. Altman’s department store in New York City and developed a line of table linens and handkerchiefs. The handkerchiefs are popular collectors items. See his original art with new samples for spring 2016. An auction of some of the Tait art is in the works to benefit the planned Children’s Museum project.
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Carl Charles Tait of LaGrange was born November 2, 1917, in Old Town, ME, to the late Harry Tremain Tait & Mary Belle Madore Tait. After high school, he served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. He graduated from New Hampshire School of Arts & Sciences. He was a creative and wonderful artist, with claims to fame such as a large mural that is still proudly displayed in the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, airport, and Christmas cards distributed by American Artist’s Group.
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Carl Charles Tait

He also used his artistic talent and innovative spirit while working as an independent contractor for Milliken Corporation, where he traveled around the United States designing showrooms for product displays.
Art of Carl Charles Tait at McRitchie-Hollis
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Opening as a special treat for the holidays and continuing through sorubg 2016 was the art of late LaGrange artist and businessman Carl Charles Tait. He created a line of greeting cards and his original art was on display. Plans are under way to auction the art to benefit the planned Children’s Museum.

Carl Charles Tait

Carl Charles Tait

Early in his career Tait worked for B. Altman’s department store in New York City and developed a line of table linens and handkerchiefs. The handkerchiefs are popular collectors items. His holiday-themed art was displayed for the 2015 holidays in the upstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis, and some of his other nature-themed works were on exhibit through May 2016.
Original art by Carl Charles Tait

Original art by Carl Charles Tait

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Art show “Written in Paint” at McRitchie-Hollis through March 16

Plein Air artist Millie Gosch’s “Written in Paint” exhibition opened at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum Dec. 1 and continues through March 16, 2016. Come see Millie’s work in her “return home” to 74 Jackson St., where she grew up. The exhibition is in the downstairs rooms of McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Photo by Bob Fraley

There are only two weeks left for the show of work by accomplished plein air artist Millie Gosch in the downstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

Millie’s art will be coming down March 17 to make way for the spring 2016 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest winners.

It has been a homecoming of sorts for Gosch, who grew up in the residence that is now McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Her work includes such subjects as the rural landscapes of Georgia and Alabama, the wide open spaces of the western U.S., city scapes and byways, and lush landscapes of trees and rivers. Most of the work is available for sale.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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Millie Gosch’s ‘Written in Paint’ at McRitchie-Hollis

Posted December 2015

Photo by Bob Fraley

Plein Air artist Millie Gosch’s “Written in Paint” exhibition opened at McRitchie-Hollis Museum Dec. 1.

It is Millie’s “return home,” and an opening reception was held Tuesday, Dec. 1.

“Painting was always a part of me,” says Mille Gosch, who has painted since she was a child, growing up at the 74 Jackson St. home that now serves as the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

She pursued her passion in art studies at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Later. she returned to her native Georgia and settled in the Atlanta area. After a successful career in the decorative arts, Ms. Gosch returned to her first love of fine arts.

Gosch says she finds the lowlands and rural fields in the area and the marshes and waters of coastal Georgia inspirations for her landscape paintings. She is active in bringing well-know plein air painters to the Southeast to teach workshops.

Gosch has won several awards, most recently as a finalist in the prestigious RayMar Second Annual Fine Art Competition with her oil painting “Sunrise in Summer.” She has been accepted in exhibitions throughout Georgia and in the Southeast. Her work hangs in numerous private collections and she is represented by the following Southeastern galleries: Huff Harrington, Atlanta, GA; Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, GA; Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Birmingham, AL and Stellers Jacksonville, FL.

Education

B.A. Salem College, Art History, Studio Painting, Atlanta College of Art
Workshop studies with leading artists, including Roger Dale Brown, Ray Roberts and Marc Chatov.
Shows and Exhibitions

2012 Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, Second Place Award
2012 Women Painters of the Southeast , First Annual Juried Show
2011 American Impressionists Society 12th Annual Juried Show, Carmel by the Sea, California
2010 Six of Millie’s plein air peices will be used in the Southern Living Home Idea house in Senoia. Georgia www.southernliving.com/ideahouse
2009 “Railroad Reds” The Bascom in Highlands, NC “American Art Today, Juried Works” Annette Blaugrund, Juror
2009 “Keepers of the River” Juried Show, Trees Atlanta’s National Exhibition, “Trees in Art.”
2007 “Elements of Light” Quinlan Arts Center, Juried Show, Rosetta Santiago, Juror, “Old Friends”- Honorable Mention
2007 “People, Places and Things” Quinlan Art Center, Juried Show, Dennis Campay, Juror
2006-2007 RayMar Second Annual Fine Art Competition – Finalist
2006 Atlanta Artists Center, Limelight Gallery at Binders – Honorable Mention
2004, 2005 Atlanta Artists Center Traveling Show – Merit Award
Hilton Head Arts League National Juried Show
Spotlight on Southern Artists, Trinity School
Additional Atlanta Artists Center juried show; various Artists Markets

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Special holiday exhibition opening with Christmas party
Charles Tait Christmas cornucopia
Carl Charles Tait of LaGrange was born November 2, 1917, in Old Town, ME, to the late Harry Tremain Tait & Mary Belle Madore Tait. After high school, he served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. He graduated from New Hampshire School of Arts & Sciences. He was a creative and wonderful artist, with claims to fame such as a large mural that is still proudly displayed in the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, airport, and Christmas cards distributed by American Artist’s Group. He even designed a line of handkerchiefs that was available exclusively through B. Altman & Company department stores. He also used his artistic talent and innovative spirit while working as an independent contractor for Milliken Corporation, where he traveled around the United States designing showrooms for product displays.
Come see his original work in a special holiday display at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum that opened Dec. 10! A silent auction of the work benefits the planned NCHS Children’s Museum.

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‘Golden Era of Hollywood’ exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis

Poster from Herb Bridges' Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition.

Poster from Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition.

ONLY ONE MORE WEEK at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” featuring original movie posters created in-house by artists at the Loew’s Grand in Atlanta during the 1930s and ‘40s. Art students of Bette Hickman have added their own versions of imagined, designed and drawn “movie posters.”

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  • Celebrating Hollywood  – At McRitchie-Hollis Museum through early December 2015 is exhibition, “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” featuring original movie posters created in-house by artists at the Loew’s Grand in Atlanta during the 1930s and ‘40s. The clock is ticking down toward the closing for this popular exhibit, which has moved upstairs to make way for the latest Simple Pleasures photography contest winning entries. Local art students have created their own “movie posters” that are being added to the exhibition.

Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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The late Herb Bridges showing posters from the Golden Era of Hollywood.

A new interactive art exhibition opened June 27 at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. It will be up through the first week of December 2015.

“Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” features about 50 hand-painted movie posters from the old Loew’s Grand Theater in downtown Atlanta.

The 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. This popular exhibition was consolidated in our upstairs rooms the first of November to make way for the new Simple Pleasures photography competition winners. It ended the first week of December with the opening of the Carl Charles Tait art exhibition.

The movie posers — 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.

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Former Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta.

Former Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

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.

IMG_7554lovecrazy 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.

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2015 Golden Era of Hollywood exhibition held at McRitchie-Hollis Museum

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The late Herb Bridges showing posters from the Golden Era of Hollywood.

A new interactive art exhibition opened June 27 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. It will be up through the first week of December.
“We’re especially proud of this exhibit and we hope a lot of people come out and see it for a glimpse of Hollywood’s golden era,” said Jeff Bishop, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society executive director.
The new exhibit, titled “Herb Bridges’ Golden Era of Hollywood,” features about 50 hand-painted movie posters from the old Loew’s Grand Theater in downtown Atlanta.

Former Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta.

Former Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta.

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.

IMG_7554lovecrazyMemories of watching films downtown on the Newnan and Grantville squares are also shared, at locations like the Gem and the Alamo.
40s-era clothing is on display, as well, depicting what a typical couple from that time period would have worn to the “picture show.”
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.”
The most famous article on display is the “Paris Hat” opened by Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind.” The actual hat worn by Vivien Leigh is on display.

793571c7a2a342ef10d6dd09cb27ccc5The pastel art “posters” on display at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, dating from the 1920s through the 1940s, are all original works of art, made by in-house artists hired by the Loew’s Grand Theater in cinema’s early days to promote films as they were released. ‘Gone With the Wind’ famously debuted at the Loew’s Grand Dec. 15, 1939. Many other classics from the MGM glory days were shown at the Loew’s Grand as well, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” “An American in Paris, and the “Wizard of Oz.” The theatre was an Atlanta landmark for many years, until it was finally destroyed by fire in 1978. Originally an opera house, bricks from the Loew’s Grand were used to build Houston’s Restaurant on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
Many of the posters on display were created by Sidney Smith and Charles Reese Collier, especially for the Loew’s Grand. The artists would be sent a black and white photo of a movie scene or of its stars, and they would create a painting with color which would be displayed in the window boxes as patrons entered the theater.

Although modern movie posters are mass-produced on paper, movie posters from the early years of Hollywood were made by individual theaters on wood panels. Some were textured through a process called “flocking” to give them a more detailed look. Others had three-dimensional elements, such as the scripts tacked onto the poster for the 1944 Judy Garland film, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

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There aren’t many of these specially made posters left because they were scarce to begin with. The boards they were painted on were typically recycled after about a week to make new posters. Most often posters like these were quickly discarded. The poster for the 1946 film, “Undercurrent,” which starred Katherine Hepburn, Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum, is a great example of poster recycling. Another, unnamed movie poster can be seen on the backside.

Herb Bridges, a Sharpsburg resident who died in 2013, was an usher in the Loew’s Grand when he was a teenager. Later he was also the owner of what was perhaps the largest “Gone With the Wind” collection in the world. Bridges, an infamous “snapper-up of unconsidered trifles,” and a lifelong fan of movie memorabilia, had heard about a “mysterious stash of movie posters that had surfaced in a storage unit in Carrollton,” Georgia Public Radio reported at the time, and he just had to explore them. The seventy hand-painted posters “brought back memories of two very busy, very talented and rather abrupt artists working backstage,” he said. Bridges said the artists not only had one week to make the posters, they also had to make multiple posters in that tight time frame. “They didn’t make one because the lobby had at least six places to show them so they’d have to make six posters at least for every movie,” he said. “On some of them, you can see the mold and they just need help, so I found this restoration lady and she took a couple and it cost $500 a piece just to get them perked up,” Bridges said in 2012.

Forty of the posters have never been displayed before, and this is the first time this collection has ever been displayed in Coweta County.

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  • Simple Pleasures photography competition has returned to McRitchie-Hollis Museum with winners from the fall competition. The show is on display downstairs through November 2015.
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Simple Pleasures Photo Competition

Lucky 7s Align for Newnan Boy to Big Win

At the opening reception for the 7th Simple Pleasures Photography Competition held at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum on the 7th day of November, a 7th grade Newnan resident was named the first prize winner of the competition.
The son of Darin and Kelley Brummett, Sam is a student at Woodward Academy. His teacher, Janie Finch, had just received his completed assignment for her photography class and decided to submit images from that project to Simple Pleasures. The class assignment was a group of self-portraits with an emphasis on lighting.

From left: Dad, Dr. Darin Brummett; teacher from Woodward Academy Middle School, Janie Finch; student and contest winner, Sam Brummett; and presenting award, Carla Cook Smith of Simple Pleasures photo competition.

From left: Dad, Dr. Darin Brummett; teacher from Woodward Academy Middle School, Janie Finch; student and contest winner, Sam Brummett; and presenting award, Carla Cook Smith of Simple Pleasures photo competition.

Sam’s winning work entitled, “Glimmer,” features a boy with a longing look at a jar full of cookies. 2015 Judge Kathryn Kolb noted that “A photograph should never have to be explained.” She awarded prizes based on the feeling of simple pleasures conveyed through images.
The 35 photos which merited the wall include professional and amateur photographers, a number of whom regularly enter photography competitions. This was Sam’s first. His question on receiving his prize was how he could give back toward the charities (Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and the Paul Conlan Memorial Scholarship Fund administered by The Coweta Foundation) which benefit from the competition. Normally, 35% of the proceeds from the sale of photography in the current exhibit go toward the charities. Sam noted that his desire is to give 100% of the $200 proceeds received from the sale of his work to charity.
The 2nd place award went to Pam Akin of Pine Mountain, and Kevin Kelly of Columbus took home the 3rd prize.
Online voting for the People’s Choice Award is ongoing through November 20th at www.simplepleasuresfoto.com. Fine Lines Art & Framing and New Tech Photo sponsor the People’s Choice Award for which the winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Simple Pleasures is now taking applications for the scholarship from students using photography in the course of their career. Please email simplepleasuresfoto@gmail.com for more information.

Now in its seventh year, Simple Pleasures’ competitions have attracted entries of subjects from as far away as Japan and Russia.

Spring 2015 Simple Pleasures Photo Exhibition Extended

The Spring 2015 Simple Pleasures Photography Competition exhibition on display at McRitchie-Hollis Museum was extended through May 20.

An awards program and reception for the winning and juried artists was held April 11. There will be no closing reception for this spring’s show.

2015 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show may be viewed with regular admission to McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. in Newnan. Admission also includes tours of the home and other ongoing exhibitions.

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. For details call 770-251-0207.

Celia Phillips adjusts one of the juried entries in the Simple Pleasures photography contest for The Nature Show. She was busy with Carla Cook Smith hanging the show Friday at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Celia Phillips adjusts one of the juried entries in the Simple Pleasures photography contest for The Nature Show. She was busy with Carla Cook Smith hanging the show Friday, April 10 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Children’s folk toys displayed

A selection of recently-donated reproduction folk toys from the 1950s were on view in late spring at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Hats, hats and more hats…

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During April for the 2015 Kentucky Derby season, see a sampling of hats from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s collection, given by State Rep. Lynn Smith, at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Hours are 10 a.m to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

Hand-painted Easter eggs displayed

From the Vinnie Rosenzweig collection

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Selection of Easter eggs hand-painted by late Newnan artist Vinnie Barron Rosenzweig.

See a portion of the NCHS collection of Easter eggs painted by late Newnan artist Vinnie Barron Rosenzweig at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, being displayed for spring 2015 alongside the spring textiles exhibition of 150 years of ladies’ lingerie. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

Simple Pleasures Spring 2015 photo winners

The Spring 2015 Simple Pleasures Photography Competition winning photos exhibition “The Nature Show” at NCHS McRitchie-Hollis Museum was extended through May 20.

An awards program and reception was held for the winners and juried artists April 11. There was no closing reception for this spring’s show.

First Place, "Winter Cottonwoods" by Lori Kolbenschlag

First Place, “Winter Cottonwoods” by Lori Kolbenschlag

Some 50 photos were juried into the show — about a third of those that were entered in “The Nature Show” competition for spring 2015. Judge was local award-winning photographer Billy Newman, who also had some of his pieces on display.

“You’ll see an ibex, majestic waterfalls, flowers in bloom, and nature scenes from all over the world, taken by your friends and neighbors from Newnan and Coweta County, for the most part,” described Jeff Bishop, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, of the recent show. “There’s even a photo of a hammerhead shark, taken by one brave soul.”

This was a brand new photo competition for Simple Pleasures and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. “We thought a nature-themed show is a perfect fit for spring,” said Bishop.
Celia Phillips adjusts one of the juried entries in the Simple Pleasures photography contest for The Nature Show. She was busy with Carla Cook Smith hanging the show Friday at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Celia Phillips adjusts one of the juried entries in the Simple Pleasures photography contest for The Nature Show. She was busy with Carla Cook Smith hanging the show in April at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

“We’re looking to engage new audiences by not focusing solely on history, but also on the arts and local culture,” said Bishop. “It’s a new direction for us. Come join us.”

For more about the contest go to  www.simplepleasuresphoto.com.

 

Before integration… Coweta’s early African-American Schools remembered

A new exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for Black History Month 2015 remembered some of the early African-American schools in Coweta County as well as later public schools including Howard Warner High and Central High where black students attended before integration in the late 1960s.

The special black schools exhibition was originally planned to be up in the library through early April but was extended through May 12.The exhibition shared about the struggles for educational equality that were going on right here in Coweta County for over a century.

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Featured was a recreated classroom. Eleven panels told the story of early schools like McClelland Academy, Howard Warner High and Central High, featuring photographs that span a century. Interactive panels also show oral history interviews collected by Newnan High School history club students.
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A mock school room includes information on early African-American schools in Coweta County and public schools in the days before integration.

Among special artifacts on display was an April 1966 letter to parents from then Newnan public schools superintendent O. P. Evans regarding a school desegregation plan and the “Willie the Tiger” mascot given up by Newnan High School when it integrated with Central High. Recent University of West Georgia history graduate Eric Gilley and new NCHS staff member Jessie Merrell did the research for the new exhibit. The African-American Alliance also contributed to the exhibit.
The first school established for black students in Newnan came in 1866 following the Civil War and was a small house near the East Broad Street depot, belonging to the railroad. Integration of the schools for black and white children in Coweta County eventually came as the result of a court order in 1970.
Early schools, both black and white, were often located in rural neighborhoods. These schools were sometimes sponsored by churches or even by individuals.  Among schools recalled in the NCHS display are McClelland Academy in Newnan, Brown High in Moreland, the Booker T. Washinton School in Roscoe, the Grantville Training School, Ebenezer, Paris, the Howard WarnerSchool, the Pinson Street School, Central High School and Rosenwald Schools like the Walter B. Hill Industrial School – the building of which now serves as the Turin Town Hall.

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This old post card view shows McClelland Academy, a Presbyterian-sponsored black school once located on Duncan Street, now Richard Allen Drive, in Newnan. The school operated for some four decades and was the brainchild of the Rev. Benjamin Louie Glenn, a black Presbyterian pastor. 

Former slave Booker T. Washington inspired people throughout the Southeast when he established the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In Newnan in the late 1800s, a “Presbyterian colored school modeled after Tuskegee was built in Newnan by Dr. B. L. Glenn and wife at a cost of $3,500, with Lawrence Miller for principal,” Coweta County Chronicles notes. Early schools like these focused on practical and vocational education. It was not until much later that schools such as Howard Warner High began to offer more academic educational choices, and by the late 1960s students all over the country were demanding full equality.
The exhibit relates brief histories of a number of local schools. The Grantville Training School, in operation until 1955, offered a range of extracurricular activities including Tri-Hi Y Club, Hi Y Club and Drama Club. Brown High School (1933-1946) in Moreland is often called “the county’s firstblack high school,” but students in grades 1-12 were taught there. Classes included English, math, social studies, home economics, agriculture, and shop.
The museum is at the corner of Jackson and Clark Streets just north of downtown Newnan. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members.

Vintage valentines displayed

From the NCHS collections

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For February 2015 a selection of vintage valentines from the NCHS collection was displayed in the upstairs children’s bedroom at McRitchie-Hollis Museum alongside the spring textiles exhibition of 150 years of ladies’ lingerie. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

Spring 2015 textiles exhibition…

‘Naughty Newnan’ exhibition traced evolution of ladies’ lingerie

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In terms of underwear as well as outerwear, ladies’ fashion has come a long way since the 1850s.

That was evident in Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s spring 2015 exhibition, “Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture,” displaying undergarments and designer lingerie dating from the 1850s to the 1990s. The exhibition opened just in time for Valentine’s Day and included a look at the history of sending Valentine’s cards and how this special day has been observed in Newnan through the years.
Following a Christmas holidays 2014 exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum showing party dresses from the 1850s to1950s, the staff went back into the NCHS collections to show the sorts of garments that would have been worn under those dresses. Trousseau and designer items also were shared by historical society members.
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Displayed with an original 1850s blue silk dress from a Newnan family were examples of the voluminous layers of undergarments a lady of that day would wear under that outer dress from drawers and chemise to lace-trimmed petticoats.
The exhibition showed how fashion evolved by the 1870s from large hooped skirts to back bustles. On display was an original bustle frame from the NCHS collections and an original 1870s dress that would have required such underpinnings.
Along with delicate undergarments was nightwear and lounge wear, as well as a look at Coweta County area mills that produced hosiery and ladies’ intimates. There was even a pair of men’s BVDs from the 1920s shared by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society member and local historian Elizabeth Beers along with items from her mother’s 1920s wedding trousseau. Her mother made the set herself.
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1920s lingerie items from her mother’s trousseau — and even a pair of BVDs that belonged to her uncle — are shared by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society member and local historian Elizabeth Beers for the new “Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture” exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. — Photo by Jeff Bishop

Another highlight was a set of lingerie handmade by nuns in New Orleans for the trousseau of a young bride about 1915 and featuring fine hand embroidery.

From the 1800s to the early 1900s corsets evolved to shaping girdles with garters to support hosiery. Black wool stockings of the early 1900s gave way to white cotton hosiery in the 1920s to the popular seamed nylon stockings of the 1930s and ’40s.
Stiff crinolines created the look for poodle skirts of the 1950s.
Displayed were 1990s negligee sets from fashion designers Dior and Flora Nikrooz shared from the collection of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society member Pamela Prange, along with two creations and sketches from Prange’s own fashion design career.
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A negligee set of her own design is shown by Pamela Prange, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society member. Prange has shared designer lingerie from her personal collection including Dior and Flora Nikrooz sets for the “Naughty Newnan: From Corsets to Couture” exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

The spring 2015 lingerie exhibition was extended through May 20 and offered a chance for brides of today to see what might have been in the typical trousseau in the days of their grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

The museum is at the corner of Jackson and Clark Streets just north of downtown Newnan. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members.

100 years of party wear

For holidays 2014 through January 2015

At McRitchie-Hollis Museum for the Christmas season 2014 and continuing into January 2015 was a display of party wear from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s textiles collection spanning the decades from 1850 to 1950.20141218_095256

Among garments featured was a special one from antebellum days — an elegant blue dress that belonged to Hattie Faver Walker, 1834-1920. The dress was part of her trousseau when she married Daniel Walker, head of College Temple in 1856. College Temple was an educational facility for young women that was located in what is now the College-Temple neighborhood northwest of downtown Newnan. The dress is of fabric woven in France, blue moire silk with black brocade.

Among other garments on display were:

–An 1870s dress worn by Frances Banks Brasch, great-granddaughter of one of Grantville’s first residents, William Banks Smith.

–An 1880s crimson silk three-piece dress worn by Jane Coleman Allen on her wedding day Nov. 17, 1882.

–An 1890s wedding dress and hat worn by Frances Lydia Divine at her marriage to Arnold Broyles July 14, 1893 in Newnan Presbyterian Church. By that era garments fell more naturally over the hips and undergarments and sleeves became tighter. The perfect 1890s silhouette was long, lean and athletic.

–A 1910 black silk crepe dress worn by Mary Gibson Jones, co-author of local history book “Coweta County Chronicles,” published in 1928. Also a 1915 net and silk party dress.

–Two dresses from the Roaring ‘20s, including a navy silk flapper dress purchased in France by Newnan resident Myrtle Arnall Mann.

–A 1930s dress worn by Sarah Sargent Parrott, daughter of Thomas Sargent Parrott, who established a cotton yarn mill in Sargent in the early 20th century. The 1930s brought Asian influences, known as “orientalism,” which the dress reflects. The French Colonial Expositions of 1922 and 1931 had a profound impact on designers of the day.

–A 1930s peach crepe gown with navy lace, donated by Mary Glover Nixon, is also on display. Following the stock market crash that led to the decade-long Great Depression, women’s fashion became more conservative in the 1930s following the 1920s flapper look. The 1930s marked a return to a more feminine style for women.

–A 1930s maroon silk velvet dress features an elaborate lace collar. Shiffli lace – a type of chemical or machine made lace – was made by embroidering a pattern on a “sacrificed,” chemically-treated fabric that disintegrated after the pattern was created. Original composition of the disintegrating bath was not friendly to the environment and has all but ceased to exist in developed countries.

–A 1950s red cocktail dress, worn by the wife of local doctor, Mrs. R. H. McDonald. The birth of “pret-a-porter” (ready to wear), meant that while Paris couture retained its popularity, mass production and off-the-rack garments (often high quality) were quickly taking over. Wives of the era often entertained or attended social gatherings to further a spouse’s career.

Entry for McRitchie-Hollis Museum is $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The museum is located at 74 Jackson Street at Clark Street just north of downtown Newnan.

 

Ghost Paths

Trail of Tears-themed photography exhibition

A Trail of Tears-themed photo exhibition was on display fall 2014 into January 2015 at Newnan’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum.
The show opened in November 2014 to commemorate Native American Heritage Month.
The exhibition, “Ghost PathsA walk back into history along the Trail of Tears,” in the upstairs rooms of the museum featured photography and commentary from the project of London-based photographer Elizabeth Waight. Included were Native American items and artifacts from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and on loan from local private collectors.
Waight’s exhibition made its national debut at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum. The NCHS exhibition panels as of early 2015 are on loan to the Funk Heritage Museum in Waleska, Georgia.
Waight took photos all along the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail last year. She compiled them along with historic quotations and poems into a book, and for the fall 2014 special NCHS exhibition.
Waight was on hand for the official opening of Ghost Paths Nov. 2, 2014, at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Waight also made a presentation on her Newnan show at the Funk Heritage Museum in Waleska, Georgia.
She discussed her project at the Nov. 1, 2014, Trail of Tears Association meeting at the Newnan Depot History Center. NCHS Coordinator Jeff Bishop also discussed the Native Americans who lived in Coweta County prior to removal and the group enjoyed a preview of the “Ghost Paths” exhibition that afternoon.
In February 2015 Waight was to have an exhibition at the Wallflower photo media gallery in Australia. Earlier in 2014 she was shortlisted for the HIPA International Photography Award.
“All my projects reflect the traditional concept of the storytelling image, but my recent work also aims to take an interdisciplinary approach to visual representation,” said Waight.
Ghost Paths is a key example of this interdisciplinary approach. The project not only explores the relationship between history and memory, but also of image and text and the perceptive space that exists between the two.”
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London-based photographer Elizabeth Waight guides Cherokee Nation tribal citizen Tony Harris (vice-president of the Trail of Tears Association, GA chapter) through the new “Ghost Paths” exhibition at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

 

During the summer of 2013, to mark the 175th anniversary of Indian Removal, London-based photographer Elizabeth Waight walked sections of the Trail of Tears, assisted by Comanche author Ron Cooper, who had re-walked the entire Northern Route in 2011.

 

“My aim was to bring the history of the Trail of Tears back to life through photography and text,” said Waight. “Essentially I wanted to evoke those now unseen past events.”

Waight has a master’s degree in photojournalism and she is a visiting lecturer on photography at UK universities.

For more on Ghost Paths, see our online exhibition.

 

Simple Pleasures

Thirty-one images merited the wall for the fall 2014 exhibit, curated by Judge Billy Newman. Photographers included Newnan’s own Marie Umbach, Missy Ballentyne and Ray Cornay. Newcomers included Angela Banks Tinsley and Lori Kolbenschlag hailing from Turin and Senoia respectively. Karen Jenkins and Susan Perry represented Fayette County. Dr. Vinson Smith, the first photographer ever to have six photos juried into the show, represented Henry County. Also among 2014 photographers were David DiCristina and Dr. Timothy Ng from Atlanta. The Simple Pleasures 2013 first place winner, Morgan Lytle, returned to the 2014 show, and Sherri Nguyen represented Chicago.
Opening and closing/awards receptions for the photographers and their guests were held for the November 2014 event. The exhibit featured “uplifting images of life’s simple pleasures, as interpreted by the photographers participating in the event,” according to the event organizers.
Newman addressed attendees at the opening reception, discussing the “differences between a great photograph and a snap shot,” he said, among other topics of interest to photographers of all ages. He presented awards at the closing event.

Proceeds from the sale of photography in the exhibit were to benefit the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society as well as the Paul Conlan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Admissions throughout the month will also benefit the historical society. The opening and closing receptions were free to the public.

Both amateur and professional photographers compete on a level playing field via blind judging and cash prizes are awarded in addition to a People’s Choice Award (for which attendees vote when visiting the exhibit).
Viewing the exhibit during periods other than the opening and closing receptions was free to members of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society; general admission is $5 per adult /  $2 for senior citizens, students, and children. The McRitchie-Hollis Museum is operated by the historical society and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1-3.
Simple Pleasures organizer Carla Smith said she was delighted to have its 2014 venue at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, a/k/a the former Ellis and Mildred Arnall Peniston home at 74 Jackson Street in historic downtown Newnan. The closing reception was held at the museum on Saturday, November 22nd beginning at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. The first place cash award was sponsored by Welden Financial and the People’s Choice Award and other cash prizes were announced.

The art of Martin Pate

 

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The McRitchie-Hollis Museum featured a new exhibit of Newnan artist Martin Pate’s work opening June 10, 2014. The exhibit ran through October.

4687426The exhibit “Local Color” featured sixteen original paintings by Pate, including Civil War scenes, Coweta landscapes, and views of the Court Square.

“We are thrilled to showcase not only a talented artist, but also one that calls Newnan home,” said Keri Adams, McRitchie-Hollis interpreter.

One of Pate’s favorite subjects is the historic 1904 courthouse, which is featured in several of the paintings exhibited at the McRitchie-Hollis. “My personal paintings of Newnan usually revolve around the architectural history…that’s what first caught my interest and caused me to move here,” said Pate.

On what inspired him to paint local scenes, Pate said, “Newnan has been my home since 1984 and I’m prone to draw inspiration from places I call home…Georgia and South Carolina in particular.”

Pate remembers being interested in art before starting kindergarten. “My brother and I used to sit and watch our aunt paint. She lived with us temporarily when I was 5 or 6. There was a magic quality to it,” Pate recalled. He followed his brother to the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, studying graphic design and illustration for three years.

DSC_0175“I’ve always loved history. Some of my earliest drawings as a child were soldiers, including Civil War era,” Pate said. One of the largest works in the exhibit titled “Goin’ Home” was inspired by an idea Pate has for a graphic novel about a wounded Confederate soldier who is
cut-off behind enemy lines, trying to come home.

“The Historical Society is excited to feature Martin’s work, especially those of historical and architectural scenes – it’s really such a beautiful way to capture what makes Newnan and Coweta so special,” Adams said.

Victory at all Costs: World War II on the Home Front

 

victoryThe 2014 exhibit, “Victory at all Costs,” interpreted World War II from the home front during the 1940s, including women at work, the local response to the war effort, local reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other significant events using photographs, letters, uniforms, and other objects donated and loaned from Coweta veterans and their families.

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Exhibits at the Male Academy Museum:

(This facility as of September 2016 is no longer operated by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. It is currently housing the separate ChildrensConnect/ Newnan Children’s Museum.)

Beyond Cups and Bowls fine arts clay show at Male Academy June and July

By Janet McGregor Dunn

By Janet McGregor Dunn

Beyond Cups & Bowls fine art clay show is at the Male Academy Museum for June and July 2016. The inaugural show for this juried fine art exhibit of clay works opened with a reception and preview sale Friday evening, June 3rd at 7 p.m. The full show opened to include artist’s booths and heritage art demonstrations Saturday, June 4th from 10 to 5.

Instructional classes are planned as part of the show at the Male Academy.

For more see www.beyondcupsandbowls.com.

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Labor of Love quilt exhibition holidays 2015 through early May 2016

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Family quilt exhibition at Male Academy Museum
Arnco Village provides the focus of the latest exhibit at the Male Academy Museum, which opened over the holidays and runs through early 2016.
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Ina Yates with her children, from left, Helen, Sandra, Doyle and Shirley.

Ina Thornton Yates, known to her family as “Big Mom,” learned to quilt at the age of 8, and wound up making quilts for all of her loved ones from her home in Arnco.
As a young woman, Ina married Leon Yates. Together they had six children (though sadly two of them died young). Leon died at the age of 28 of complications from a car accident. Six weeks after his passing, Ina went to work at the Arnco (Bibb) Mills blanket factory to support her four children, all under the age of 8. She worked 35 years, walking to work every day, since she never learned to drive an automobile.
“As a young widow, in this home, is where much of Ina’s quilting was completed,” according to family members. “Every quilt that she crafted was all sewn by hand — nothing on a sewing machine.”
These quilts will part of a special holiday themed display at the Male Academy Museum.

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Arnco Village provides the focus of the newest exhibit at the Male Academy Museum, following the official opening Dec. 5.

Ina Thornton Yates, known to her family as “Big Mom,” learned to quilt at the age of 8, and wound up making quilts for all of her loved ones from her home in the Arnco mill village.

“Some family members came to us with this idea to do an exhibit based on the many beautiful quilts she made for them over the years,” said Jeff Bishop, NCHS executive director.

The newly-reopened Male Academy Museum has featured a successful quilt-themed exhibit this fall, and this seemed like an appropriate follow-up, Bishop said.

“These quilts illustrate the story of one family, and one specific place and time, which I think a lot of people will be able to relate to,” he said.

The new exhibit, called “Labor of Love,” is curated by University of West Georgia Graduate Research Assistant Harvee White, who will begin her second semester with NCHS and the West Georgia public history program in January. The new exhibit will be on display at the Male Academy through February.

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“Through this process, I’ve learned so much about the Arnco Village and an incredible woman who lived there — Big Mom,” said White. “Curating this show has also been a wonderful learning opportunity in terms of my history degree program at West Georgia.”

“I called Ina Yates ‘Big Mom,’ which was kind of ironic when you consider that she was not a big woman,” said Teresa Hobbs, her granddaughter.

“We grandkids started making her turn around to measure our height against hers when we had barely started grade school, and she loved it as much as we did. Like the rest of my cousins, I have many treasured memories of my Big Mom.”

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Ina Yates, “Big Mom”

As a young woman, Ina married Leon Yates. Together they had six children (though sadly two of them died young.) Leon died at the age of 28 of complications from a car accident. Six weeks after his passing, Ina went to work at the Arnco (Bibb) Mills blanket factory to support her 4 children, all under the age of 8. She worked 35 years, walking to work every day, since she never learned to drive an automobile. Every quilt that she crafted was all sewn by hand – nothing on a sewing machine.

On display is the old Arnall Mills steam whistle and panels describing daily life at the mill. Many of Big Mom’s quilts will also be on display. A booklet with personal stories from each family member has also been created.

Patterns of quilts on display at “Labor of Love” include the Carpenter’s Wheel, the Double Wedding Ring, the Eight Pointed Star, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, and Little Red School House.

Assisting with the exhibit were family members, including Jenny Grote, and local historian Elizabeth Beers, as well as other NCHS staff members.

The Male Academy Museum is locatedat the corner of College Street and Temple Avenue in Newnan. Regular hours for the museum are Tuesday through Friday from 10-12 and from 1-3.

“I hope that you all come celebrate a little piece of Newnan’s vibrant history,” said White.

“It’s an exhibit I’m proud of and hope you’ll enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed creating it!”

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“Labor of Love” Family Quilt Exhibition

“Labor of Love” – Arnco MIll Village was the focus of an exhibition at the Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Ave., which opened Dec. 5 and continued through spring 2016. Ina Thornton Yates, known to her family as “Big Mom,” learned to quilt at the age of 8, and wound up making quilts for all of her loved ones from her home in the Arnco community in western Coweta. More than 20 quilts have been passed down through the extended family, including the Raineys. The Male Academy reopened after repairs and interior painting in fall 2015 with a quilt theme. See our permanent exhibit of furniture from the Zeke Smith collection that came to Coweta County in its settlement days by wagon from Virginia. The Male Academy is open 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and by appointment.

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Ongoing exhibit at Male Academy Museum
Glenn Rainey with Odd-Fellow pattern quilt by Ina Yates.

Glenn Rainey with Odd-Fellow pattern quilt by Ina Yates.

Local actor Glenn Rainey is proud to have his quilt as one of the 10 currently on display at the Male Academy Museum for the exhibit, “Labor of Love.”
“I feel honored to have one of my Big Mom’s handmade quilts,” said Rainey, a participant in the exhibit featuring the mill town of Arnco and one of its residents, Ina Yates. “The first one she made for me, a double wedding ring pattern, was stolen from me when I was a student at UGA. I was heartbroken, but she stitched another for me, the beautiful Odd Fellow, no two matching pieces. And nothing could match the love she had for her family, as evidenced by the amazing number of quilts she selflessly and lovingly hand stitched.”
The Male Academy is at the corner of College Street and Temple Avenue.

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“Labor of Love” quilts exhibition opens Dec. 5 at Male Academy

Arnco Village will provide the focus of the newest exhibition at the Male Academy Museum, opening over the holidays.
Ina Thornton Yates, known to her family as “Big Mom,” learned to quilt at the age of 8, and wound up making quilts for all of her loved ones from her home in Arnco. As a young woman, Ina married Leon Yates. Together they had six children (though sadly two of them died young.) Leon died at 28 of complications from a car accident. Six weeks after his passing, Ina went to work at the Arnco (Bibb) Mills blanket factory to support her four children, all under the age of 8. She worked 35 years, walking to work every day, since she never learned to drive an automobile.
“As a young widow, in this home, is where much of Ina’s quilting was completed,” according to family members. “Every quilt that she crafted was all sewn by hand – nothing on a sewing machine.” These quilts will part of a special holiday-themed display at the Male Academy Museum.
Ina Yates and children
Come join us Dec. 5 for the grand opening of the exhibition and hear stories of ‘Big Mom’ and her loved quilts!
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Stitches In Time

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An exhibition of quilts. Stitches In Time, opened Sept. 5, 2015, at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Male Academy Museum, 30 Temple Avenue. The Male Academy had been closed several months for repairs following a 2014 exhibition on Newnan High School’s history. The Male Academy Museum is at the corner of College Street and Temple Avenue beside the city park and Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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Tell Us a Story

The NCHS partnered with students and teachers of the NHS History Club for a 2014 exhibit at the Male Academy Museum about the history of the school. 

Both students and teachers interviewed more than 70 former and current students and educators, collected photographs and other objects, searched through yearbooks, and contacted other local organizations to put together an exhibit that centers around the oral histories.

This student-curated exhibit was meant to be participatory as visitors could scan QR codes with their smart phones to watch the video-recorded oral histories, which span from students who attended NHS during the 1930s through 2014!

The temporary exhibit opened in the spring of 2014 and ran until January 2015.


We would like to thank the exhibit sponsors:
University of West Georgia
Center for Public History
PrintSource

Nevelle Owens
Mary Ann McWhorter
Billy & Linda Arnall
Elizabeth Beers

 

Collection of Oral Histories and Memorabilia of

Newnan High School at the Male Academy

 

The NCHS has partnered with students and teachers of the NHS History Club for a BRAND NEW exhibit at the MAM about the history of the school.
Both students and teachers interviewed over 70 former and current students and educators, collected photographs and other objects, searched through yearbooks, and contacted other local organizations to put together an exhibit that centers around the oral histories.
This exhibit is meant to be participatory as visitors scan QR codes with their smart phones to watch the video recorded oral histories, which span from students who attended NHS during the 1930s through 2014!
NHS teachers have planned for a photo booth with customized backgrounds to be at the grand opening on Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th from 1:00pm-5:00p.m.

The temporary exhibit will only be up for a few months, so don’t miss it! And don’t forget to bring your smart phone or tablet!

Bring your Android or iPhone phone or tablet to get the full experience!

Please call NCHS staff for more information, 770-251-0207


 Exhibits at The Historic Depot:

 

The Depot History Center in the historic Atlanta and West Point freight depot on East Broad Street is available for event rental and features a series of paintings by Newnan artist Martin Pate on events related to the Civil War Battle of Brown’s Mill fought south of the city. There are also displays of Civil War weaponry and information on early telegraph communication.

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