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The Legislature has authorized the closing of state offices on April 29. MDAH offices and sites will reopen on Tuesday, April 30.

Recent News

January 23, 2019 | News Releases

"Spirits of the Passage" Explores Slave Trade

A new exhibit at the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum showcases rare artifacts uncovered from the wreckage of a sunken slave ship. On Saturday, February 2, Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade—a traveling exhibit of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum—will open in the FedEx and Medgar and Myrlie Evers Exhibition Halls at the Two Mississippi Museums.

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April 18, 2019 | News Releases

Museum To Screen Reconstruction Film

The museum is partnering with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to screen a thirty-minute segment of the new PBS documentary Reconstruction: America after the Civil War. The third edition of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s Under the Light series will take place on Thursday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in the Craig H. Nielsen Auditorium.

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April 08, 2019 | News Releases

NEH Grant Will Preserve Welty Collection

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $217,982 implementation grant to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to support the preservation, digitization, and enhancement of access to the papers of Eudora Welty.

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April 02, 2019 | News Releases

Museum Program Highlights Gospel Music

A new program at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will highlight music genres that originated in Mississippi. The first of the museum’s Field to Funk series will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums.

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March 06, 2019 | News Releases

Museums To Host Mississippi Freedom Seder

The Museum of Mississippi History, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life will host the Mississippi Freedom Seder on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums.

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Online Resources

Online Catalog
Online Catalog

The online catalog allows users to browse the descriptions of most materials at the state archives—from books and manuscripts to photographs and newspapers. This can be an especially useful tool for out-of-town researchers, allowing them to compile a list of relevant resources before traveling to the archives to work on their projects.

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Digital Archives
Digital Archives
MDAH Digital Archives include electronic records received from government agencies and officials, donated and acquired electronic resources, digital copies of original materials from MDAH collections, including paper documents, photographs, maps, audio, and video.

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Education
Education

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications. The department’s public outreach includes exhibits, programs and publications for teachers and students.

From the Delta to Jackson to Natchez, the department offers a variety of opportunities for students of all ages to explore Mississippi’s rich history. This guide is designed to help educators take advantage of the department’s resources, including field trips, classroom outreach programs, and teacher training.

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