May 15, 2021

Salute to the 1996 Summer Olympics exhibit

(Newnan, GA) — Opening July 19 at McRitchie-Hollis Museum is our salute to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the Torch Run that crossed through Newnan and Coweta County.

OlympicsThe Newnan Coweta Historical Society will have a special opening reception at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 6 at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum.

One of the local torch runners, John Thrasher, a member of the NCHS board of directors, has shared memorabilia including the torch he carried along Bullsoro Drive.

The torches were manufactured from pieces made by William L Bonnell Co. in Newnan and wood-milled by a local firm.

Included in the exhibit are uniforms worn by Thrasher as a volunteer at the opening and closing ceremonies, and a security uniform worn by Cowetan Frank Reese.

There are also pins, souvenirs and photographs from various events.

Come share memories of the Summer Games in Atlanta 20 years ago as US athletes prepare to compete in Rio.

The McRitchie-Hollis Museum is located at 74 Jackson Street in downtown Newnan.


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