See the work of artist Jonas Allen at McRitchie-Hollis!

Meet the artist at an opening reception 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22

We are excited to announce that on Thursday, Feb. 22 a new exhibit featuring the works of Haitian artist Jonas Allen will open at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

Jonas Allen

The show will be on view through March.

Allen, currently a resident of this area, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After his secondary education at the Lycee Toussaint, he visited the Haitian Artist Co-op. There he impressed some local artists and he decided to take his childhood passion seriously. Soon afterward, he and Patrick Wah, hungry to learn the essence of the craft of painting, began visiting the Master Studios of the Academy of the Beaux Arts, as well as the primitive masters, who taught them new techniques. Later Allen met Bernard Wah and one of the leading Haitian art critics, Michelle Philippe Lerebour, who noticed his talent and guided him. In 1981 Allen immigrated to the U.S. and continued his career, and now his works hang in many private collections and galleries around the globe. He maintains a studio in Atlanta and exhibits his works around the world.
“I glance over the universe, I ponder over the history and cultures of humanity,” said Allen. “I feel the joy and suffering of our world. I blend them all along with what they had made of me. Then, on my canvas, spontaneously, I pour it all.”
A free public reception will be held for the artist at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Specialty Hatian food dishes will be served and music will be provided by Musicology. You are invited to attend!

Rainy Days 37×37 2008 by Jonas Allen

Frustration 48×60 2015 by Jonas Allen

Simple Pleasures Nature Show Opens in April


Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum is proud to host its 4th Annual Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Competition for spring 2018.
The juried competition is comprised of uplifting images of nature featuring landscapes, wildlife, water, flowers and trees. The only requirement in submissions is that no manmade objects are allowed in the photographs.
THE DEADLINE TO ENTER THE COMPETITION is March 2, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (Please visit for submission details or email to request an entry form.)

Arya Vishwanath, first place winner in 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show, with judge Julie Dice Wynn.

Beginners, amateurs and professionals alike are welcome to compete via blind judging wherein all photographer identification is removed before being juried. Simple Pleasures offers photographers the opportunity to enter three photographs for the low entry fee of $35, making it possible for photographers from all income levels to compete.
Cash prizes are awarded solely on the merit of work for first, second and third place chosen by the judge who will announce winners at the awards reception on Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Fine Line Arts & Framing of Newnan (preferred framer for the event), is determined by online voting. Images will be made available for viewing online at . Voting is limited to one email address per person emailed to noting the title of an image. Visitors to the McRitchie-Hollis Museum will also have the opportunity to vote.
“The family friendly event is a joy to behold and a free event for the community,” said show coordinator Jessie Merrell of NCHS. “We hope some of our NCHS members will consider entering this year’s competition, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the show!”
If you have questions, stop by the NCHS offices at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan during regular hours 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call 770-251-0207.


Women’s History Month

Talk: Putting ‘Me, Too’ Movement in Historical Context

For Women’s History Month, hear Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, University of West Georgia — Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St., Newnan, March 20, 7 p.m.

Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux

Dr. Chalifoux will put the “Me, Too” movement into historical context. Dr. Chalifoux’s Fields of Study: US Women’s History, The American South, Labor History, History of Sexuality, and Modern America.

Chalifoux examines sex work in the US South. She is currently revising her dissertation for publication. Her research interests include American women and the sexual marketplace, labor, and poverty.

Education / Degrees
B.S., History, Tennessee Technological University, 1997
M.A., History, Middle Tennessee State University, 2001
Ph.D., History, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 2013


Civil War Ruins in the Atlanta Area
Historic Train Depot, April 26, 7 p.m.

Robert C. Jones will discuss the remnants of the Civil War that are still accessible to visitors today.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

Robert C. Jones

Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years (1994-2015), and also served as a member of the executive board of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation for 17 years (1998-2015). The Museum Foundation helped fund the 45,000 square foot Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, GA. He has written a number of books on Civil War and Revolutionary War themes, including “A Guide to the Civil War in Georgia,” “Colonial Georgia: 1733-1800,” and “South Carolina and Georgia in the American Revolution.”

Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
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THREE BY CASSATT: A Mother’s Day Exhibition— Mary Cassatt was the only American to exhibit with the Impressionist group in Paris. A close friend of Degas, who immortalized her with his famous portrait of her working in the Louvre, she was not only an important painter, but a superb printmaker and draftsman, whose work shows the impact that Japanese woodcuts had on French artists, especially the Impressionists. She is best known for her portraits of children and her groupings of mothers and their children. By special arrangement, NCHS will have three of her drypoint works on display at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum in May.


For more information stop by McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site here at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.


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

For more information stop by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s offices at McRitchie-Hollis at 74 Jackson Street, Newnan, or call us at 770-251-0207. We keep our web site here at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety updated, as well as regular posts on our Facebook page.