Meet the Staff
A Newnan native, Emily Kimbell is the director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and McRitchie-Hollis Museum. Emily is currently finishing her doctoral studies at Georgia State University, where she also serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching English Composition courses.
Her academic research is primarily focused in history and recovery, and her master’s thesis, “‘For the Elevation of Women’: Recovering the Lost Voices of College Temple, 1853-1889”, uncovered the forgotten history of College Temple, a 19th-century women’s college in Newnan, Georgia, which was the first to give master of arts degrees to women.
As an active member of her community, Emily enjoys exploring the city’s historic spaces, acting in musical theatre productions, and working as a freelance writer for local media outlets.
Claire Nix is the Museum Assistant at NCHS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgia College and State University and a Master of Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University.
Her master’s coursework in Public History helped prepare her for her role at NCHS, and she loves working for a museum in the community where she grew up. In her spare time, Claire enjoys reading, traveling, practicing yoga, crocheting, and watching documentaries.