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FALL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUG. 9!

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CALL FOR ENTRIES!!

LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES FALL 2017 IS NOW OPEN!

Share what brings you joy and happiness by entering the Fall Simple Pleasures Photography Competition.

A Simple Pleasure is defined as a work from life’s little joys which includes a human and/or animal connection which conveys a feeling of pleasure via a family friendly, uplifting images (no nudity). 

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 9, 2017 BY 11:59 P.M.

For entry details go to http://www.simplepleasuresfoto.com/CallforEntries.html

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Embroidery class starts Aug. 15 at McRitchie-Hollis

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An embroidery class will be offered in two sessions Aug. 15 and 22 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Teaching is Beverly Williams, of Artisans Heritage Guild, who has been doing embroidery demonstrations at the museum Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. that started in July. The embroidery class sessions will be one and a half hours each on Aug. 15 and 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. after Williams’ regular Tuesday afternoon embroidery demonstration.

Deborah Henning was recently joining Williams in the demonstrations of crafts popular in the 1930s and ‘40s — the period when the Peniston-Thomasson House at 74 Jackson St. was new. Ms. Hennig was demonstrating quilting.

Call Ms. Williams to reserve your spot, 770-253-0483 or email her at bwknits@yahoo.com. For details about McRitchie-Hollis Museum call the office at 770-251-0207.

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Join NCHS for a POSSUM SUPPER!

Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for an old-fashioned Possum Supper in the tradition of the longtime Newnan Possum Eaters Convention. Hear history of how Possum Suppers became a Newnan tradition starting during the political campaign of William Yates Atkinson for Governor of Georgia in the 1890s and how the possum became a mascot for President William Howard Taft. The tradition was continued by Newnan civic leaders at several locations into the 1950s and ’60s.

The dinner is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan. Tickets, $25, are available on Eventbrite.com. Here’s the link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nchs-possum-supper-tickets-36865088472?aff=eac2

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Come see what’s new at the museum!

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New Historical Exhibit!

Would you believe Newnan was once home to a “Possum Eaters’ Convention?” It’s true! Beginning in 1894, prominent politicians from all over the state would gather in Newnan, a few months prior to the official Democratic convention, to determine the slate of officials (including the governor, Supreme Court, and other high-ranking members) before a single vote was ever cast.  Over plates of delectable home-grown possum and sweet ‘taters, back-room deals would be made as they merrily discussed agenda items such as “Our Friends, the Lawyers” and “Responsibilities of Citizenship.” It was at the Virginia House hotel on the Newnan square that Newnan’s own William Yates Atkinson was “appointed” governor by those gathered, and thus Georgia’s first “possum governor” went on to serve a successful two terms. Several other “possum governors” followed, anointed at these famed Possum Suppers, and eventually even the president-elect, William Howard Taft, had to get in on the act, making a special trip to Atlanta to feast on a Coweta County whole possum for good luck in his administration. (The affair was covered in all the national newspapers, leading to the creation of ‘Billy Possum” as a follow-up to Theodore Roosevelt’s ultra-successful “Teddy Bear” craze. Both the new “Billy Possum” toy and the new administration did not fare well, however.) A group of local fellows formed a civic club in 1912 specifically to keep the local possum-eating tradition alive — and they did, carrying it well into the mid-20th century, with local officials such as Sheriff Lamar Potts, County Commissioner Johnny Brown and many others getting in on the act. Come to the McRitchie-Hollis Museum to see one of the original invitations, and sit down with us at the dinner table for some good ol’ possum and ‘taters!  (Special thanks to the McKoon family for use of period photographs.)

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Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
  • Newnan’s legendary Possum Suppers –  From a famous dinner given in Newnan during the campaign of Georgia Governor William Yates Atkinson (complete with a wildlife scene featuring live opossums) to the legendary Possum Suppers attended by Newnan businessmen and civic leaders into the 1950s, NCHS will be celebrating this North American marsupial with a special exhibition planned for August. We may even present our own “Possum Supper.” Stay tuned for details.
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  • 45 Years, 45 Objects –  In Fall 2017 NCHS will be celebrating a big anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects. We plan to show 45 objects, either from our collection or loaned for this exhibition. If you have an idea of an object you would like to see displayed, call us at 770-251-0207 or send an email to executive@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com .

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.

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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.