Previous Events — 2018

Previous NCHS Events — 2018

Easter Egg Hunt March 31 at the McRitchie!

Join the Easter Bunny for some Easter-time fun at McRitchie-Hollis Museum 10 a.m. to noon March 31. We’ll hunt for eggs and the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures.

AND SEE OUR mini-exhibit of hand-painted eggs from the Vinnie Rosenzweig collection.

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MeToo: Past, Present & Future of a Women’s Movement
Tuesday, March 20 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Newnan Historic Train Depot

For Women’s History Month, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will host a program featuring Dr. Stephanie Chalifoux, Assistant Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, University of West Georgia — Historic Train Depot, March 20, 7 p.m.
Dr. Chalifoux will put the #MeToo movement into historical context with her talk:

#MeToo: The Past, Present, and Future of a Women’s Movement against Sexual Violence

“The #MeToo movement has generated public and private discussions about workplace harassment,” said Dr. Chalifoux. “I know people are conflicted about what they read and what they’ve experienced. I hope this talk will contribute to the discussion by examining the past to help us make sense of the present.”

Dr. Chalifoux will explore the historical roles of women in US society and their efforts to bring attention to sexual violence.
She will present a brief history of sexual violence against women; Industrial era and women’s movement into the public sphere; harassment in the workplace; sexual violence against women of color and the efforts to bring attention to the issue; Women’s Movement; creation of rape crisis centers; sexual harassment; legislation: #MeToo; the backlash and the future.

Chalifoux earned her PhD in History at the University of Alabama. She studies women, labor, and sexuality in the US. Her most recent essay, “America’s Wickedest City: The Sexual Black Market in Phenix City, Alabama,” is available in the edited volume: “Sex and Sexualities in Modern Southern Culture.”

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Simple Pleasures Nature Show Photo Contest

DEADLINE TO ENTER EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT MARCH 9!!!!!

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 ISNOW EXTENDED TO Friday, March 9, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (Please visit www.simplepleasuresfoto.com for submission details or email spfoto@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com 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, May 12th 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 www.simplepleasuresfoto.com . Voting is limited to one email address per person emailed to spfoto@newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com 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.

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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

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Black History Month Program 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

For Black History Month, Newnan-Coweta Historical Society will feature Atlanta storyteller Christine B. Arinze, better known as “Sistah Olufemi,” this Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. She will present a locally-tailored program called “Unburied,” focusing on little-known stories of the original slaves of Newnan and Coweta County.

Atlanta storyteller Christine B. Arinze, better known as “Sistah Olufemi.”

The program will coincide with the opening in the McRitchie-Hollis Museum courtyard of a the new “Unburied” exhibit, which will also focus on telling these stories.

Sistah Olufemi is a member of Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, an affiliate of the National Association of Black Storytellers. She considers herself to be a natural storyteller and specializes in telling the Story of “The Secrets of the Quilts…on The Underground Railroad as Harriet Tubman,” which she previously presented at the Male Academy Museum two years ago to accompany a quilt exhibit mounted by NCHS. Olufemi is a veteran educator with 30-plus years of service, having taught every grade level and adult education as well. Her stories are tailored for the family.

As an educator, Olufemi understands the importance of keeping the history of her culture in the forefront as a storyteller as well as the inclusiveness of all humanity. It is her desire to continue the oral tradition of storytelling and loving to tell stories that are meaningful, uplifting, thought provoking, informative and most of all stories that can be enjoyed by a genre of audiences.

As a published poet, she understands the rhythm, rhyme, and the power of words. Sistah Olufemi is Co-Chairperson of the initial inception of The Metropolitan Atlanta Kwanzaa Association (MAKA). She has performed for National Black Arts Festival and was instrumental in organizing the Hammonds House Museum.

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There will be plenty of dancing at the traditional Robert Burns Supper Jan. 27 at the Depot.

Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration returns Jan. 26-27, 2018.

Tickets online via Eventbrite.com at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robert-burns-scottish-heritage-weekend-celebration-tickets-40183433732

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Third Annual Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend Celebration

A Scottish heritage weekend of activities to celebrate Newnan’s ties to sister city Ayr, Scotland. Enjoy Celtic music, dance, food, drink and more — A not-to-miss lively event for the community!

2018 event hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Order of the Tartan.

Enjoy a Friday night stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company, Saturday afternoon ticketed Whisky Tasting followed by a free Ceilidh Celtic Concert – both at The Cellar, a Saturday evening free Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long on the Court Square, and the ticketed annual Burns Supper and Dance Saturday night at the Newnan Historic Train Depot.

Event tickets include:

— A Newnan Outlander Adventure Stage Show and After Party — Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Newnan Theatre Company, 24 1st Ave, Newnan, GA 30263. Tickets $20 (ages 12 and under $10)
— Whisky Tasting — Saturday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. at The Cellar at Firestone, 20 Jefferson St., Newnan,GA 30263. Tickets $25.
— Ceilidh Celtic Concert — Saturday, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. at The Cellar. FREE.
— Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:15 p.m., Newnan Court Square, FREE.
— Burns Supper and Dance — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Newnan Historic Train Depot. Tickets $48.

For more information or tickets 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. Also, look for more details at  newnanrobertburns.com or newnanburnsweekend.com

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Get ready to celebrate Newnan and Coweta County’s Scottish heritage!

Shake off the snow and celebrate Newnan and Coweta County’s sister city/county partnership with Ayr and Ayrshire, Scotland with the annual Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend events Jan. 26 & 27. The 2018 edition features traditional Scottish / Celtic music trio The Sound of Sleat at a Friday stage show as well as a Saturday afternoon community celebration and traditional Burns Supper/ dance Saturday evening, Jan. 27.

The Sound of Sleat

The Sound of Sleat hails from the Washington, D.C./ Maryland area where musicians Pat Egan, Karin Loya and Robert Mitchell recently performed in the George Washington Masonic Memorial, First Night Alexandria event. Their music — the rich blend of ancient instruments in these musicians’ hands, with their original and imaginative interpretations of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and songs –captures the vibrancy, subtlety, and excitement of Celtic music, reawakening the Celtic spirit in each listener.

There will be plenty of dancing at the traditional Robert Burns Supper Jan. 27 at the Depot.

Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration returns Jan. 26-27, 2018.

Tickets online via Eventbrite.com at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robert-burns-scottish-heritage-weekend-celebration-tickets-40183433732

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Third Annual Newnan Robert Burns Scottish Heritage Weekend Celebration

A Scottish heritage weekend of activities to celebrate Newnan’s ties to sister city Ayr, Scotland. Enjoy Celtic music, dance, food, drink and more — A not-to-miss lively event for the community!

2018 event hosted by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and Order of the Tartan.

Enjoy a Friday night stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company, Saturday afternoon ticketed Whisky Tasting followed by a free Ceilidh Celtic Concert – both at The Cellar, a Saturday evening free Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long on the Court Square, and the ticketed annual Burns Supper and Dance Saturday night at the Newnan Historic Train Depot.

Event tickets include:

— A Newnan Outlander Adventure Stage Show and After Party — Friday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Newnan Theatre Company, 24 1st Ave, Newnan, GA 30263. Tickets $20 (ages 12 and under $10)
— Whisky Tasting — Saturday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m. at The Cellar at Firestone, 20 Jefferson St., Newnan,GA 30263. Tickets $25.
— Ceilidh Celtic Concert — Saturday, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. at The Cellar. FREE.
— Community Auld Lang Syne Sing A Long — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:15 p.m., Newnan Court Square, FREE.
— Burns Supper and Dance — Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., Newnan Historic Train Depot. Tickets $48.

For more information or tickets 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. Also, look for more details at  newnanrobertburns.com or newnanburnsweekend.com

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