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.



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 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.


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


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.

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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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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


Planned/Upcoming (Subject to Change):
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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.