Previous Events 2017

2017 Events

Sally Estes strings the loom in preparation to make a scarf in the Beginners Weaving class led by Ann Lynn Whiteside. The four-week class offered through the Artisans Heritage Guild continues Fridays through January here at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Look for more offerings in 2018 by the Guild at the McRitchie.

Learn to weave in four-week class starting Dec. 29 at McRitchie-Hollis
Weaving workshop begins Dec. 29 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. For details and to register go to the Artisans Heritage Guild website. Here is the link:
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Do you procrastinate?

Dale Lyles book talk Dec. 19 at the McRitchie

Newnan author Dale Lyles speaks about his new book “Lichtenbergianism: procrastination as a creative strategy” in a program 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

 

 

 

 

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Dale Lyles book talk Dec. 19 at the McRitchie

Face the New Year with the Power of Procrastination!

On Tuesday, December 19, at 7 p.m., learn about a slipshod approach to the creative process that doesn’t make sense and should not work, but it does, according to local self-described creative guru Dale Lyles.

“Throughout my now-long life I have been an active artist—and I’ve encouraged and supported others in their efforts as well,” said Lyles, who will be speaking at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

Learn about the inspiration of this idea, which came from an odd historical figure from the early 1700s, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, a hunchbacked German physicist credited with, among other notable achievements, “failing to launch the first ever hydrogen balloon,” and never finishing more than a few pages on his novel. He died at a young age without much more to his credit than a few unpublished notebooks of witty sayings. Some scholars have attempted to distill a system of thought out of Lichtenberg’s scattered musings, Lyles said. However, since Lichtenberg was not a professional philosopher, he had no need to present, or to have, any consistent philosophy. So he never developed one.

“He is the patron saint of procrastination,” said Lyles. That didn’t stop Lyles from using Lichtenberg’s writings as a jumping off point. Many of his sayings are collected in Lyles’ new book.

Lyles coordinated the recent “Unsilent Night” event in downtown Newnan and teaches creativity and writing classes at Backstreet Arts. He was the founder and longtime artistic director of the Newnan Theatre Company.

“And now I have written a book about how I and my friends began to achieve our creative goals by procrastinating,” said Lyles.

How easy is that? (Spoiler alert: it’s not easy.)

“Follow along as we explore our amazing ability to get things done by not doing them,” said Lyles, who came up with “Nine Precepts” to help out those who always wanted to create, but somehow never got around to it. Find out ways to make that natural impulse work for you, Lyles said.

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Help Us Spread Christmas Cheer

On Thursday, December 14, please join us at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum as we celebrate the official opening of two exhibits, the Folk Art of Sherry Cook and 45 Years, 45 Objects. We will have light Christmas-themed refreshments and music on hand as we celebrate both the Christmas season and 45 years of being your local historical society! We will start it all off with a book launch for Mr. Personality, at 5 p.m. Come get your signed copy of his new children’s book, “Personality Matters.” A portion of proceeds from the book benefit NCHS.) Sherry Cook will be on hand at 6 p.m. to take visitors on a tour of her new works (all of which are for sale, and make perfect Christmas gifts), and curator Jessie Merrell will take visitors through the upstairs where 45 historical local objects are now on display, telling the history of our community. Also check out the new Christmas-themed gift shop, with brand new items for the holiday season. We hope you can join us! The cozy event lasts from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Mr. Personality book launch party Dec. 14 at the McRitchie

Posted Dec. 1, 2017

A launch party for Mr. Personality’s new book, “Personality Matters,” is 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. We also have his 2018 calendars available in our gift shop at the museum, 74 Jackson St. — $20. For information call us at 770-251-0207.

In January 2013, after leaving a town “where there was nowhere to go and not much to do for a man on foot,” William Crenshaw – better known to Newnan residents as “Mr. Personality” – discovered Newnan’s Court Square.
“It seemed tailor-made for me, Mr. Personality,” he said.
Within his first several days he had his first job, entering the “sign business,” as he describes it. “I had a job waving a sign for a local business,” said Mr. Personality. “Divine Spirit and the friendly people of Newnan are still guiding me through an amazing adventure going into my fifth year. Every day in Newnan is a joy and a blessing!”
Known to many as the flashily-dressed, rose-chewing elder statesman of the Newnan sidewalks, to follow up on the wild success of his debut calendar, Mr. Personality now has his first book, called “Personality Matters.”
A collaboration with longtime educator and media specialist Larisa McMichael, the children’s book focuses on what’s important in life: friendship, perseverance, loving what you do, and “blowing bubbles on the Courthouse Square.”
The book, featuring photos by local photographer Aaron Heidman, showcases local businesses such as Deals For Dollars, Broadway Fashion, Leaf n’ Bean coffee shop, and Christy’s Café.
“Every day he awakens with the purpose of making people laugh, smile, and marvel at this fashion sense,” said co-author Larisa McMichael, “helping businesses gain traction with customers, and perhaps most importantly promoting Newnan as an amazing place to live and work.”

Copies will be available beginning next week at local venues such as the McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop, 74 Jackson Street. A book signing will be held at the museum on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Mr. Personality 2018 calendars are available at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop, 74 Jackson St.

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Sherry Cook is assisted in hanging her art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum by NCHS Board Member Joan Achee.

Reception for Sherry Cook art show at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 6 p.m. Dec. 14

See the art of Coweta artist Sherry Cook at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for the holidays! A special reception is 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the museum where you can meet the artist.

Sherry has brought a selection of her work, pieces that reflect nature and wildlife.
All of the pieces are available for sale. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St., Newnan. For more information call us at 770-251-0207.

About Sherry Cook

Sherry Cook hangs a piece of her nature-inspired art at the McRitchie.

Sherry Cook is a prolific artist who knew she would make her living with a paint brush ever since she won the first place ribbon in her first grade art show. During her 30-year career she has journeyed through ceramics, handmade paper, mixed media, sheet metal and encaustics. Her pieces are full of personality, often reminding the observer of a memory that brings a smile.

The recurring themes in her work reflect the enduring themes in her life: love, family, friendship, nature and animals—all of which are in abundance at her lakeside cabin-studio. Faith and spirituality provide the compass for her choices, often telling her when to detour from one mode of expression to a new body of work. Ideas often rise to the surface during her daily meditations.

Over the years Sherry has sold her work through galleries, arts festivals, and private commissions from the Caribbean to Europe. Her pieces hang in permanent collections at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, IBM, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Manheim Corporation, Coweta County Fairgrounds and the LaGrange Museum, to name a few.

A graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Textile Design, Sherry lives on a 35-acre wooded retreat in rural Georgia that allows her to “live in the sunshine and drink the wild air” as suggested in one of her favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her hope is that every piece of her art imparts a little joy into the place where it lands.

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Native American Plants Talk

Tony Harris, an expert on Native American plants, makes a return visit to Newnan to share his knowledge. His previous program at McRitchie-Hollis Museum was well-received. He returns for a program at the Newnan Train Depot 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month. Learn how Native Americans used the plants around them for food and healing. Admission is free for NCHS members/ $5 for non-members (pay at the door).

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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 RESCHEDULED FOR 7:30 p.m. WED., NOV. 8 at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan. Tickets, $25, are available on Eventbrite.com. Here is the link for the dinner details:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nchs-old-fashioned-possum-supper-tickets-37657472514

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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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TombTales & ArtFest Oct. 14

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s second annual fall tour event at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and Newnan’s historic Oak Hill Cemetery returns Oct. 14. Tickets for the TombTales & ArtFest history event are now available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and online at Eventbrite.com.

Join NCHS as we tour at dusk through Newnan’s Historic Oak Hill Cemetery on a guided walk of select gravesites. Storytellers and guides captivate guests with lively, engaging tales while dancers, musicians and artists also contribute to this special event that celebrates living, history and the arts. Limited tickets available. Tours, $22 Adults / $11 Children 12 and under, start every 20 minutes from McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. Refreshments. Not recommended for young children.

Here is the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tombtales-artfest-oak-hill-cemetery-tour-tickets-36900813326?aff=es2

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Join NCHS for a POSSUM SUPPER! NOW NOV. 8!

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.

Our Old-Fashioned Possum Supper has been moved from the originally-planned Sept. 21 to WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Depot, 60 E. Broad St., Newnan. Tickets, $25, available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum or on Eventbrite.com — Here is the link for the dinner details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nchs-old-fashioned-possum-supper-tickets-37657472514

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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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TombTales & ArtFest Oct. 14

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s second annual fall tour event at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and Newnan’s historic Oak Hill Cemetery returns Oct. 14. Tickets for the TombTales & ArtFest history event are now available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum and online at Eventbrite.com.

Join NCHS as we tour at dusk through Newnan’s Historic Oak Hill Cemetery on a guided walk of select gravesites. Storytellers and guides captivate guests with lively, engaging tales while dancers, musicians and artists also contribute to this special event that celebrates living, history and the arts. Limited tickets available. Tours, $22 Adults / $11 Children 12 and under, start every 20 minutes from McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan. Refreshments. Not recommended for young children.

Here is the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tombtales-artfest-oak-hill-cemetery-tour-tickets-36900813326?aff=es2

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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH:

Tony Harris returns to discuss the Cherokee and use of plants around them

 

Learn about native plants that were historically significant to the Cherokee people from a native plant expert at a program Nov. 2 at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Historic Train Depot. The program is free for members and $5 for non-members.

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Tony Harris

Tony Harris, a Cherokee tribal citizen, at the 7 p.m. talk will discuss ethnobotany: the scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.

Harris, a Cobb County Master Gardener, has been instrumental in establishing the Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve in an effort to educate the community about the native plants that were important to the Cherokee — about 600 plants were used for medicine, food, weapons, crafts, lodging, canoes and basketry.

A number of the plants were thought to have medicinal properties and the Cherokee would steep or boil them into a tea, infusion or poultice.

Bloodroot, for example, can be made into a poultice that keeps away flies and bees. Mayapple, also called Indian Apple, is a cathartic that can induce vomiting. It also will cure worms, but care must be taken. The roots and leaves are poisonous. Wild ginger, called “mules footprint” for the shape of its leaves, was used in almost half of Cherokee medicines. It was frequently taken as a tonic to bolster endurance before harvest work began. Willow bark is the forerunner of aspirin.

Wild onions, of the allium family, are just plain tasty additions to eggs and soups and are especially valuable in removing the gamey taste of wild meat. They were used by the Cherokee as a tonic to cleanse their systems, ease colic and croup, and lessen the effects of colds and sore throats. To this day Oklahoma celebrates them in an annual Wild Onion Festival. Another tasty plant is the sunchoke or Jerusalem artichoke. Harris recommends eating the tubers as you would potatoes, and he defies anyone to tell the difference in taste or texture between sunchokes and water chestnuts.

Also useful for colds and flu, rabbit tobacco, or Sweet Everlasting — and not a tobacco — is an even better astringent than witch hazel. (If you don’t happen to have a cold, it doubles as a room air freshener!) Nicotiana rustica, unlike the rabbit tobacco farm children liked to “smoke,” is so highly narcotic that it is forbidden, having a nicotine content as high as 9 percent, compared to tobacco’s 1 percent.

Historically, the Cherokee nation was decimated twice by smallpox. An infusion of the inner bark of the black walnut tree was developed as an antidote. Too, it could be chewed for toothache — but carefully. The black walnut can be poisonous and, in fact, limits what can be planted near it. But the tree is worth cultivation: the leaves make a green dye and the husks, brown. An infusion of those same husks can be spread in the water to stun fish for easy catching.

Rattlesnake master does exactly what it says: it repels snakes and can be used as a snakebite remedy. Chew it, apply to the wound, and swallow a bit. It is said to inhibit cancer as well. Also used for snakebite was cinnamon fern, which can additionally be used to ease arthritis. Fiddleheads can be cooked as a dish that Harris says tastes like a combination of broccoli, asparagus and artichoke.

The Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve in Cobb County was dedicated several years ago and is a site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The garden, which is open to the public, was the brainchild of Tony and Carra Harris of Marietta.

Tony Harris is a Cherokee Nation citizen, a member of the Cobb County Master Gardeners and vice president of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.

The garden features plants and trees that the Cherokee used for medicine, food, tools, weapons, shelter and ceremonial purposes prior to the Trail of Tears. The plants will eventually be marked with their Cherokee and English names. Volunteers from the Cobb County Master Gardeners and members of the Georgia Native Plant Society maintain the property.

Green Meadows Preserve is part of the Cobb County Parks System. It is located at 3780 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, Ga. The park is free and open to the public. For additional information, email harris7627@bellsouth.net or call 770-425-2411.

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Come see what’s new at the museum!

Simple Pleasures Fall Photography Show

The Simple Pleasures Fall Photography Show is now on display in the downstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. An awards reception is set for 3 p.m. Sept. 30.at the museum. Admission is free for the public reception.  Come meet and congratulate the talented photographers whose work was selected for this year’s fall show! Hear observations from our returning judge, renowned Newnan-based photographer Billy Newman. And this week through the reception time Saturday, come vote for your favorite for People’s Choice!

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Simple Pleasures Fall Photography Show

The Simple Pleasures Fall Photography Show on display in the downstairs rooms at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. An awards reception is set for 3 p.m. Sept. 30.at the museum. Admission is free for the public reception. Come meet and congratulate the talented photographers whose work was selected for this year’s fall show!

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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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New Historical Exhibit!

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Would you believe Newnan was once home to a “Possum Eaters’ Convention?” It’s true!

AND NCHS is holding its own Old-Fashioned Possum Supper Nov. 8!

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 see a dinner table set for some good ol’ possum and ‘taters!  (Special thanks to the McKoon family for use of period photographs.)

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Our Old-Fashioned Possum Supper has been moved from the originally-planned Sept. 21 to WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Depot. Tickets, $25, available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum or on Eventbrite.com — Here is the link for the dinner details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nchs-old-fashioned-possum-supper-tickets-37657472514

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FALL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

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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 IS AUGUST 4, 2017 BY 11:59 P.M.

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

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Get tickets for our Trash Or Treasure appraisal event coming up July 15

Item entry for appraisal is due by July 1 – One item per $25 ticket

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Is it “trash or treasure” in that attic, closet or barn? Find out at a special one-day-only event, “Trash OR Treasure — “What’s in Your Attic?,” Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan, brought to you by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Dig out and dust off family heirlooms or curious, eccentric to find out their value, history and whether items are indeed “trash or treasure!”
One item may be submitted for every entry ticket purchased at $25. There is no limit on the number of entry tickets per person. Those submitting items for review and appraisal must send advance descriptions and photo before the July 1 deadline for entries. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite.com and request an entry form for your item by email at events@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com (confirmation of ticket purchase will be made). You may also stop by the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. to pay by cash, check or charge. For more information see our website at newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or our Facebook page link to the event page or call us at 770-251-0207.

Here is a link to the Eventbrite.com ticket page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trash-or-treasure-whats-in-your-attic-tickets-34575575477

Once an entry is submitted, the requested form will be sent to the entrant for completion. The advance entry form requires a photo, description and any known information about the item(s) being submitted. Entrants will physically bring items to the event being held at the Historic Train Depot the day of the event, July 15. NCHS hopes to have about 75 entries for appraisal. The value of entry items will be revealed at the Trash OR Treasure event.
Hear brief lectures from appraisers and specialists on popular collection items such as art, dolls, jewelry, furniture, books, textiles, comics and toys.
No curious objects in the house that you need appraised? No worries! A $5 ticket is available for those who would like to attend the event without submitting an entry. Spend as much time as you like perusing the items submitted, catching lecture sessions or networking with fellow collectors. Enjoy delicious offerings available for purchase from food vendors at the event. Non-entry tickets will be available up to and throughout the day of the event.
All proceeds from Trash OR Treasure goes toward NCHS sponsored programs being held monthly at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, the Historic Train Depot and other locations in and around downtown Newnan.

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Trash Or Treasure appraisal event Saturday, July 15

Special one-day-only event, “Trash OR Treasure — “What’s in Your Attic?,” is Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan, brought to you by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Items were pre-submitted by July 1 for appraisal. Come see the featured items, learn their value, hear experts speaking on collectibles from antiques to jewelry and enjoy refreshments.

Enjoy NCHS’s Trash OR Treasure appraisal event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15 at the Newnan Train Depot, 60 E. Broad Street. While it is too late to submit an item for appraisal, come find out the value of items that were submitted by the July 1 deadline, hear informative talks on antiques and collectibles, and enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $5 at the door.
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DID THIS CROSS PROTECT AN ANCIENT SPANISH SILVER MINE? This item owned by Alan Soellner will be among the pre-submitted items featured at Trash OR Treasure coming up July 15.

We have an exciting slate of speakers Saturday giving information on antiques and collectibles. For full bios on the speakers, see our What’s Going On page.

Purchase viewing-only $5 tickets online at Eventbrite.com . You may also stop by the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. to pay by cash, check or charge. For more information see our Facebook page link to the event page or call us at 770-251-0207.

Here is a link to the Eventbrite.com ticket page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trash-or-treasure-whats-in-your-attic-tickets-34575575477

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The value of entry items will be revealed at the Trash OR Treasure event.
Hear brief lectures from appraisers and specialists on popular collection items such as jewelry, furniture, books, comics and toys.
No curious objects in the house that you need appraised? No worries! A $5 ticket is available for those who would like to attend the event without submitting an entry.

Spend as much time as you like perusing the items submitted, catching lecture sessions or networking with fellow collectors. Enjoy delicious offerings available for purchase from food vendors at the event. The viewing-only tickets will be available up to and throughout the day of the event.

All proceeds from Trash OR Treasure goes toward NCHS sponsored programs being held monthly at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, the Historic Train Depot and other locations in and around downtown Newnan.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Summer art show at McRitchie-Hollis features work of Dinett Hok

Dinett Hok puts finishing touches on her show of driftwood-inspired art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for summer 2017.

Dinett Hok puts finishing touches on her show of driftwood-inspired art at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for summer 2017.

Come see what’s new at the museum!

The driftwood-inspired art of Newnan resident Dinett Hok is featured in a summer solo exhibition at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum through Aug. 25.
An opening reception is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Please come and meet the artist!
Hok was born in Aguadulce, a very small town in the Republic of Panama. As a young girl, drawing was her favorite pastime. She began formal art studies at the age of 17 at the University of Panama and paid her college tuition through freelance artwork and graphic designs.
She had the fortune of meeting renowned Panamanian artist Manuel Chong Neto through one of her college professors. His work continues to influence her creativity and passion. After graduating from the University of Panama with a BA in Graphic Art, Hok worked as a commercial graphic artist for two different clothing companies.
Upon moving to the United States, Hok embarked on a six-year endeavor to promote and teach art to elementary school students in Newnan. She believed that her students could learn and apply advanced systems for art techniques on a variety of mediums at a very young age if the correct approach was used. Many of her students won awards at local, state and national level competitions.
Hok’s journey as a professional artist continued to expand as she took on the leadership role of Area X chairman for the Florida Artists Group. FLAG is one of longest standing non-profit art organizations in Florida.
Hok says of her art: “Nature itself is the purest form of art in my opinion. I try to capture this beauty in my works of art and share it with the world. My artwork thrives on the love I have for trees and the abundant textures in nature. Whether it is the peacefulness of a welcoming beach or the thought provoking concepts of an abstract, nature can capture us in many ways. I love to create mixed media artwork with heavy textures and rich colors that not only captures the world from my perspective, but also incorporates elements of nature in the actual artwork.
“The driftwood itself represents the flexibility of nature that can adapt no matter the setting. In some cases, it is not nature who adapts, but every other concept that adapts and bends their will to Mother Nature. On top of the intriguing organic shapes of the driftwood I use metals – copper, silver, brass, bronze and 24K gold to preserve and highlight these marvelous natures giving beauty. I try my best to capture a small piece of nature’s beauty and share my perception with every viewer. With my abstracts, I hope that these perceptions may be as abundant and diverse as nature itself. The freedom of creativity, expression, and experiences with other great artists fuel my desire to create and share art.”
Hok creates artwork with a unique style and passion. Her work has received acclaim both nationally and internationally in the United States, Paris, Rome, Venice, Beijing, as well as other venues in Europe. Hok will be receiving her latest award entitled “Diego Velazquez” in Lecce Italy, July 3 2017 by Italia In Arte Nel Mondo. This award is given for “High Recognition to Personalities in the World of Art, Science and Culture.”
It is the freedom of creativity and expression and experiences with some great artists that continues to fuel her desire to create and share art. Hoksays she has always been enchanted by the beauty of nature, people and places and continues paint where she currently resides in Newnan.
Dinett Hok, husband Michael Hok and son Ian Hok run their family-owned business, The DH Gallery of International Artists (DHGIA). DHGIA has participated in some of the best and most prestigious art fairs in New York, Miami and other venues, Dinett said. DHGIA will be participating in two events Aqua Art Miami and Spectrum Miami during the Art Basel week in Miami Florida during December 2017.
Hok’s work is also part of the 2017 Newnan-Coweta Art Association show June 8-28 at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan.
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For more about Dinett Hok’s work go to her website, fineart-dinetthok.com or check at her Facebook page.
Newnan-Coweta Historical Society has its headquarters at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263. The museum features rotating exhibitions on historic topics related to the Newnan-Coweta County and West Georgia region, as well as architecture and decorative arts. In the museum’s upstairs galleries currently is an exhibition of ladies hats from the extensive collection donated by State Rep. Lynn Smith with styles that span five decades.
Ms. Hok’s work will be displayed in the downstairs rooms where NCHS is currently showing a collection of 1930s furnishings recently donated by Taylor Glover and family.
NCHS is also preparing for its July antique appraisal fundraiser Trash OR Treasure, which will be held at the Newnan Historic Train Depot July 15. Items may be submitted for appraisal in advance by July 1 for a $25 ticket per item, no limit on the number of items. For information call the NCHS/ McRitchie-Hollis Museum offices at 770-251-0207.
There is ample public parking behind the McRitchie-Hollis Museum with a driveway entrance off Clark Street. Also keep up with NCHS events on Facebook!

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Get tickets for our Trash Or Treasure appraisal event coming up July 15

Item entry for appraisal is due by July 1 – One item per $25 ticket

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Is it “trash or treasure” in that attic, closet or barn? Find out at a special one-day-only event, “Trash OR Treasure — “What’s in Your Attic?,” Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan, brought to you by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

Dig out and dust off family heirlooms or curious, eccentric to find out their value, history and whether items are indeed “trash or treasure!”
One item may be submitted for every entry ticket purchased at $25. There is no limit on the number of entry tickets per person. Those submitting items for review and appraisal must send advance descriptions and photo before the July 1 deadline for entries. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite.com and request an entry form for your item by email at events@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com (confirmation of ticket purchase will be made). You may also stop by the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. to pay by cash, check or charge. For more information see our website at newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or our Facebook page link to the event page or call us at 770-251-0207.

Here is a link to the Eventbrite.com ticket page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trash-or-treasure-whats-in-your-attic-tickets-34575575477

Once an entry is submitted, the requested form will be sent to the entrant for completion. The advance entry form requires a photo, description and any known information about the item(s) being submitted. Entrants will physically bring items to the event being held at the Historic Train Depot the day of the event, July 15. NCHS hopes to have about 75 entries for appraisal. The value of entry items will be revealed at the Trash OR Treasure event.
Hear brief lectures from appraisers and specialists on popular collection items such as art, dolls, jewelry, furniture, books, textiles, comics and toys.
No curious objects in the house that you need appraised? No worries! A $5 ticket is available for those who would like to attend the event without submitting an entry. Spend as much time as you like perusing the items submitted, catching lecture sessions or networking with fellow collectors. Enjoy delicious offerings available for purchase from food vendors at the event. Non-entry tickets will be available up to and throughout the day of the event.
All proceeds from Trash OR Treasure goes toward NCHS sponsored programs being held monthly at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, the Historic Train Depot and other locations in and around downtown Newnan.

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Art & Architecture

May 20 from 10-12 on the Newnan Court Square!

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Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and our partner presenters 10 a.m. to noon May 20, 2017, as artists from Newnan-Coweta Art Association create paintings of downtown Newnan buildings in celebration of May as Historic Preservation Month.

Enjoy historical tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. led by Carla Cook Smith, who recently published her new book, “Historic Newnan: Downtown Commercial District 1828 – 2016.

It’s all free as we celebrate Newnan’s architectural heritage.

Bette Schumann paints the Coweta County 1904 Courthouse during Art & Architecture 2016, hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and Newnan-Coweta Art Association.

Bette Schumann paints the Coweta County 1904 Courthouse during Art & Architecture 2016, hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and Newnan-Coweta Art Association.

NCHS will provide booklets with information on the tour stops and the 2017 participating artists.

Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Month is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the country. During Preservation Month, many events are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations. Visit the National Park Service’s Preservation Month Feature, your State Historic Preservation Office Web site, or the National Trust’s calendar for a list of activities.

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Tea With Lynn event IS FILLED

The response to “Tea With Lynn” has been outstanding, and if you have already made your reservation, we look forward to seeing you this afternoon, May 18. However, if you have not already made your reservation, please know that we are currently at capacity for this event at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.. Again, if you’ve already made your reservation, we look forward to seeing you this afternoon. If not, we hope to see you at our NEXT tea event, which will be announced soon.

Lynn Smith shows one of her favorite hats in our current exhibit at McRitchie-Hollis.

Lynn Smith shows one of her favorite hats in our current exhibit at McRitchie-Hollis.

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Hear Lynn Smith discuss hats at a special program May 18

Visit McRitchie-Hollis Museum and see our new exhibition of hats from the collection donated by State Rep. Lynn Smith. They are displayed in the upstairs galleries. Mrs. Smith will share some of her vast knowledge of this past fashion trend in an afternoon session, “Tea With Lynn,” 3 to 5 p.m. May 18 here at the museum.

The event is free with light refreshments, but seating is limited. Call McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 770-251-0207 to make your reservation.

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Howard Warner School Re-Opens Saturday, May 6!

Howard Warner School, Savannah Street, Newnan

Howard Warner School, Savannah Street, Newnan

Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society as we partner with the City of Newnan for the Grand Opening of the Howard Warner School as a community center Saturday morning!

Prayer at 10 a.m. and Ribbon Cutting at 11 at the Howard Warner School on Savannah Street.

Former Howard Warner student shares memories with NCHS.

Former Howard Warner student shares memories with NCHS.

Bring your Howard Warner memorabilia (awards, pictures, trophies, plaques, newspaper articles) to be copied for an exhibit by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society! We will be on site with a pop-up exhibit featuring a slideshow, oral histories of the school, some cool artifacts, a detailed history of pre-integration black schools in Coweta County, and more!

Welcome to the new Boys and Girls Club location! We are thrilled to be involved.

Looking through old Howard Warner School.

Looking through old Howard Warner School.

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

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

Awards presented for Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show

First place in Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest went to Arya Vishwanath for her image, “Colors in the Canyon.” Awards were presented at a reception Saturday afternoon, April 29 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

For the full list of winners, see our What’s New page.

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Examples from Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Spring 2017

Examples from Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Spring 2017

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Awards Reception April 29

Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society as we celebrate the photographers whose work is juried into the current spring exhibition: Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show.

The reception is 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, when admission will be free. Enjoy refreshments and meet these talented photographers. See images including close-ups of nature’s beauty, landscapes and wildlife. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded along with People’s Choice.

During April, until the awards presentation, visitors to McRitchie-Hollis are invited to vote on their favorite photos for the People’s Choice award.

For more information on how to enter the fall show featuring all sorts of simple pleasures call the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, 770-251-0207.

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Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Awards Reception Saturday, April 29

Join us this SATURDAY, APRIL 29 AT 3 P.M. for the awards reception for Simple Pleasures Nature Show 2017 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum! Admission is FREE for the afternoon and refreshments will be provided. Voting is still open for People’s Choice, and the first, second and third place winners will be announced by judge Julie Dice Wynn. We hope to see everyone there! The event is sponsored by New Tech Photo and Fine Lines Art and Framing.

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Nature photography on view

April brings NCHS’s spring photography contest exhibition Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show at McRitchie-Hollis Museum. See a variety of nature photography from close florals to landscapes in this juried show. Through April vote for People’s Choice during your visit to the museum.

First, second and third place prizes, along with People’s Choice, will be presented at the spring Simple Pleasures Awards Reception 3 p.m. April 29 at McRitchie-Hollis when admission will be free. Enjoy refreshments and meet the photographers whose work has been juried into the spring show. Along with close-ups of nature’s beauty there are images of landscapes and wildlife on display throughout the downstairs.

Regular McRitchie-Hollis Museum admission is $5 adults and $2 students, teachers and seniors 60 and up. Our hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. McRitchie-Hollis Museum is at 74 Jackson St. Ample parking in back with entrance off Clark Street. For more information call 770-251-0207.

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Hats and poetry to celebrate new exhibition at McRitchie-Hollis

Come celebrate the new exhibition of hats at McRitchie-Hollis Museum with a program 7 p.m. April 27 in honor of Lynn Smith’s hat collection and April as National Poetry Month!

Area poets and writers have shared pieces inspired by hats. Admission is free. Light refreshments. The museum is at 74 Jackson St., Newnan, with ample parking in the rear off Clark Street.

Details: 770-251-0207.

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Artisans Heritage Guild meets on Tuesday

Interested in heritage crafts? Come to the Artisans Heritage Guild meeting 6:30 Tuesday, April 18 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

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Shakespeare Smackdown at Depot!

Shakespeare_Lucha_Libre_650pxJoin Newnan-Coweta Historical Society at the Newnan Train Depot 7:30 p.m. April 13 as we remember the accomplishments of English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare. April 2017 marks the 401st anniversary of his death. For this fun competition prepare your best Shakespeare reading or scene. Participants will compete for prizes. Hosted by Dale Lyles.
Registration fee for Smackdown competitors is $10 individuals/ $25 team. Admission for spectators $5 at door (NCHS members get in free). For information and registration, check these links:

FAQ: https://goo.gl/sVh9Uj

Registration: http://goo.gl/forms/8N66OCs2WD

For more see our Upcoming Events page or call the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., Newnan, 770-251-0207..

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Join us Saturday for ‘Makers Day’ at the Historic Train Depot!

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Makers Day 2017 is being sponsored this year by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society on Saturday, April 1 at the Historic Newnan Train Depot.

The second annual ‘Makers Day’ event will be held this Saturday at the Historic Newnan Train Station from 9 to 5. The one-day event features accomplished local artisans demonstrating their craftsmanship and skill. Demonstrations include Stained Glass art, Weaving, Flint Knapping, Blacksmithing, Paper-Making and Pottery, among others.

The artists demonstrating are part of the Artisans Heritage Guild, a group whose goal is to heighten public awareness about the variety of arts and crafts and to encourage their practice and traditions. Michael Sebacher, a local blacksmith-artist, founded the group in 2016 to address what he calls the “void of creative opportunity.”

“We got together because we all see traditional artistic practices diminishing and less opportunity for others to appreciate and learn about them,” says Sebacher.

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The first Makers Day was held in Moreland last spring and attracted almost 500 visitors. “We are thrilled to be partnering again with the Artisans Heritage Guild,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. “This is living history, history in action. It’s one thing to see Indian artifacts, but to learn how to do flintknapping is something else entirely. Same thing goes for textiles. We have an extensive collection of clothing from the 18th century, but how did they make it? The Artisans can show us that. It makes history more interactive and more fun.”

Artists will be selling their work as well as inviting interested visitors to ‘get their hands dirty’ and learn about the various arts represented by actually doing them. Food and beverage sales will benefit the Guild and NCHS. The event is free. Visitors who share an email address will have a chance to win original artwork.

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A tale as old as time…

Your daughter (or granddaughter) has seen the new movie… now let her be Belle for a while at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum!

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Come take photos of your little “Belle” using our beautiful museum (and its elegant staircase, parlor, dining room, and gazebo) as your photographic backdrop! Only $5 per “Belle.”

Take as many photos as you’d like. Preserve the memories forever. We’re open from Tuesday through Saturday, from 10-12 and from 1-3. Drop by before going to the movie!

It’s best to call us in advance and let us know you’re coming — especially if it’s a large group. 770-251-0207. (Photos featuring newly donated furnishings from the Taylor Glover collection.)

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Newnan-Coweta Historical Society offering scholarships

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is offering scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Applications are due by March 31. Please see the attached 2017 application information. For questions contact the NCHS office at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 770-251-0207.

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Entry extended to midnight March 3:

Spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Contest Now Open

Gather your photos! Entry has been extended through midnight March 3 for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest. Go to www.simplepleasuresfoto.com for full details. An entry form is provided for download below.

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We’re Having a BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

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Join us 7 p.m. March 2 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for a Book Launch Party for our Executive Director Jeff Bishop’s new book: “Coweta County: A Brief History,” — available in our gift shop.

Hear the incomparable Jeff Bishop discuss his latest book here at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. After a short talk, Jeff will sign copies of his book. Bring your already purchased book or purchase at this event.

16665142_172149783277288_1060927602488239982_oLearn about the place you call home, enjoy live music and refreshments. Join the celebration of the marvelous new release by Newnan’s own Jeff Bishop!

Also enjoy some pickin’ and strummin’ by Newnan’s own Doug Kees.

In the book, Jeff has made extensive use of oral histories, giving new voice to Coweta County’s heritage.

Over two centuries, Coweta County has been home to diverse residents who mastered the art of reinventing the county. Initially home to Creek-Muscogee Native Americans, subsequent settlers ushered in an era of plantations, slavery and textile manufacturing.

Enjoy some fine pickin' and strummin' by Newnan's own Doug Kees during the book release party for Jeff Bishop's Coweta County, A Brief History.

Enjoy some fine pickin’ and strummin’ by Newnan’s own Doug Kees during the book release party for Jeff Bishop’s Coweta County, A Brief History.

By 1851, the new Atlanta and LaGrange Railroad increased traffic locally. The new railroad contributed to Newnan becoming a major healthcare hub during the Civil War, home to seven hospitals. Coweta County maintains its status as a major healthcare destination today, with the establishment of Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s southeast regional hospital in Newnan. The county is now also known worldwide as the backdrop for major television productions like The Walking Dead and films like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Author and historian Jeff Bishop details Coweta County’s history of transformation.

The new book is No. 1 in its catagory of Travel Pictorial Reference Books on Amazon. Available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum — $21.99.

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Deadline extended to midnight March 3 for Spring 2017

Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Contest

ATTENTION NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS: YOU CAN BE A WINNER, TOO! Gather your nature images and enter Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest. — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT MARCH 3.

CASH PRIZES! Open to everyone.

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You can be a winner like Lori Kolbenschlag of Senoia who took the People’s Choice prize in the 2016 edition of Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest. Here she is contratulated by, left, show director Larisa McMichael.
Details: www.simplepleasuresfoto.com. Information also at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or call the McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 770-251-0207. Shows begins in April at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

An entry form is provided for download below.

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Entry extended to midnight March 3:

Spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Contest Now Open

Gather your photos! Entry is open for Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s spring 2017 Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show photography contest. Go to www.simplepleasuresfoto.com for full details.

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We’re Having a BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

Jeff Bishop

Join us 7 p.m. March 2 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum for a Book Launch Party for our Executive Director Jeff Bishop’s new book: “Coweta County: A Brief History,” — available in our gift shop.

Hear the incomparable Jeff Bishop discuss his latest book here at McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St. After a short talk, Jeff will sign copies of his book. Bring your already purchased book or purchase at this event.

Enjoy some fine pickin' and strummin' by Newnan's own Doug Kees during the book release party for Jeff Bishop's Coweta County, A Brief History.

Enjoy some fine pickin’ and strummin’ by Newnan’s own Doug Kees during the book release party for Jeff Bishop’s Coweta County, A Brief History.

Also enjoy some fine pickin’ and strummin’ by Newnan’s own Doug Kees during the book release party.

16665142_172149783277288_1060927602488239982_oLearn about the place you call home, enjoy live music and refreshments. Join the celebration of the marvelous new release by Newnan’s own Jeff Bishop!

In the book, Jeff has made extensive use of oral histories, giving new voice to Coweta County’s heritage.

Over two centuries, Coweta County has been home to diverse residents who mastered the art of reinventing the county. Initially home to Creek-Muscogee Native Americans, subsequent settlers ushered in an era of plantations, slavery and textile manufacturing. By 1851, the new Atlanta and LaGrange Railroad increased traffic locally. The new railroad contributed to Newnan becoming a major healthcare hub during the Civil War, home to seven hospitals. Coweta County maintains its status as a major healthcare destination today, with the establishment of Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s southeast regional hospital in Newnan. The county is now also known worldwide as the backdrop for major television productions like The Walking Dead and films like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Author and historian Jeff Bishop details Coweta County’s history of transformation.

The new book is No. 1 in its catagory of Travel Pictorial Reference Books on Amazon. Available at McRitchie-Hollis Museum — $21.99.

This Thursday, March 2

Our Newest Publication!

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JOIN US this Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St., as we celebrate the publication of our newest book, “Coweta County: A Brief History.” This new work, pulling from the NCHS archives as well as new research, focuses on the “lost voices” of local history, such as local sharecroppers, farmers, mill workers, women, and African-Americans. Copies of the book will be available, and author Jeff Bishop will be on hand to discuss what went into making it. Music by Doug Kees and refreshments will be available. It’s free!

Now available at Lee-King drug store, Gillyweed, Barnes & Noble, Ace Hardware, and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum gift shop!

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To learn more about it, CLICK HERE.

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Carla Cook Smith to discuss new book, “Historic Newnan”

Historic Newnan_CarlaCookSmith_BookCover (1)Local author Carla Cook Smith will discuss her new book, “Historic Newnan: Downtown Commercial District 1828-2016 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The event is free and open to the public.

In her book Smith goes block by block talking about buildings and their history, and sharing stories gathered from local business owners and citizens.

 

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Carla Cook Smith to discuss new book, ‘Historic Newnan: Downtown Commercial District 1828-2016’

Historic Newnan_CarlaCookSmith_BookCover (1)Local author Carla Cook Smith will discuss her new book, “Historic Newnan: Downtown Commercial District 1828-2016” at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The event is free and open to the public.
After writing her first two books about Newnan, “Newnan Perspectives” and “Perspectives on the City of Homes,” Smith said, her appetite to learn more about Coweta County’s crown jewel increased significantly.
She was intrigued by the names etched in stone atop commercial buildings in the downtown historic district, the first being the Dr. Thos. J. Jones building on East Broad Street. Local business and civic leaders encouraged her to write the book, not only as a marketing tool for downtown Newnan but to answer questions people consistently ask about the downtown buildings.
“Having written 11 books in a three-year period, even I had no measure for the research this book would require,” Smith writes in her preface. She struggled two years researching and trying to formulate a timeline from the city’s founding in 1828 to the present for each building in the downtown commercial district.
Poring over journals, newspapers, telephone directories, books, personal letters, historic legal documents, ledgers from the 1800s, vintage maps and photos, she forged on, interviewing Newnan natives, touring the city again and again, scouring city and personal records for correct addresses. She spent hours with a magnifying glass looking at photos, straining to see the names on the windows above some of the shops.
It was an interesting and exhausting project, and “an abundance of hard work and joy,” Smith says.
“Nuggets of history are precious and digging them out of the past is rewarding to me.”
In her book Smith goes block by block talking about buildings and their history, and sharing stories gathered from local business owners and citizens.
Smith will be available to autograph copies of her book following her talk.

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Robert Burns Supper and Ceilidh 2017

Tickets for Jan. 27 celebration of the Bard on Eventbrite.com

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The world celebrates the Bard of Ayr, Robert Burns, during his birth month of January and there is celebrating in Newnan as well! The 3rd Annual Newnan Burns Supper is January 27, 2017.

The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, and the Order of the Tartan are joining forces to commemorate Newnan’s special relationship with “Sister City,” Ayr, Scotland.

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Carolina Ceili will provide live music for the Newnan Burns Supper 2017.

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Dancing at Newnan Burns Supper 2016.

On Jan. 27 at 7:00 PM, enjoy a traditional Burns Supper and Ceilidh (Scottish folk dance and music), with Scottish fare, bagpipes, storytelling, dancing, a sword demonstration and more at the Historic Train Depot.

Live music provided by the lively Scottish dance band Carolina Ceili. Wear your Scottish plaid tartan or semi-formal attire. Get your tickets at eventbrite.com or click this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robert-burns-supper-and-ceilidh-2017-tickets-30867826500?aff=es2

Online ticket sales close 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. For more information and late ticket availability for the Friday dinner call the McRitchie-Hollis Museum office at 770-251-0207.

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