Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) Welcomes Emily Kimbell as New Director


From Special Reports

NCHS and the McRitchie-Hollis Museum are pleased to announce Emily Kimbell as the new director. Kimbell will be responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the organizations, developing NCHS outreach programs, and cultivating community relationships.

She joins the NCHS staff as a doctoral student from Georgia State University (GSU) specializing in Rhetoric and Composition. Her research is based in archival and historiographical studies and focuses on recovering overlooked narratives of history. She received an MA in English from GSU in August 2017; her master’s thesis, entitled, “‘For the Elevation of Women’: Recovering the Lost Voices of College Temple, 1853-1889,” uncovered the history of College Temple, a 19th-century women’s college in Newnan which was the first to give master of arts degrees to women. Kimbell also works as a part-time instructor at GSU, teaching freshman composition and business writing courses.

Kimbell is a Newnan native and local community advocate. She has worked as a freelance writer for both the Newnan-Times Herald and Newnan-Coweta Magazine. She is also a musician and actress and can be frequently seen on stage at Southside Theatre Guild and Newnan Theatre Company (NTC). She was most recently seen as Maria Rainer in NTC’s sold-out production of The Sound of Music.

“I am excited to take on the position of director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society,” says Kimbell. “I love my hometown and its history, and I can’t wait to share the stories of this town with my community and beyond.”

Joining Kimbell as new NCHS hires are Mallory Perry, serving as Assistant Director/Event Rental Coordinator and Noelle Hagen-Touart, serving as Collections Manager/Curator.

NCHS Board President, Gary T. Welden says of the new NCHS staff, “The board read many resumes and interviewed many people before we found what we believe will be the perfect match for the Historical Society. We could not be more excited.”

Kimbell’s first projects as director will be creating an operations plan to present to city council and developing the organization’s summer programming.

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