Meet the Staff

Emily Kimbell, Director at Newnan-Coweta Historical Society


Emily Kimbell


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.

Noelle Hagen Atwood, Curator at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society


Noelle-Hagen Atwood


Noelle Hagen-Atwood has lived in or near Coweta County for the last 20 years. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in anthropology, concentrating in archaeology.

Her primary area of research was on the prehistoric archaeology of the southeast, mainly stone tools used by Native Americans. She is currently pursuing an MA in Public History and Museum Studies at the University of West Georgia.

Her digs have taken her from hot Augusta swamps in July to snow-covered hills on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Noelle has worked with the Jim Henson collection at The Center for Puppetry Arts and with the Chick-fil-A Archives collection at the corporate office, which houses over 375,000 items. Noelle and her family reside in Senoia.

Claire Nix, Museum Assistant at the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society

Museum Assistant

Claire Nix


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.

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Paige Paul