Welcome to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

By preserving Mississippi's diverse historic resources, and sharing them with people around the world, MDAH inspires discovery of stories that connect our lives and shape our future.

Established by the Mississippi legislature in House Bill 1796, the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met over the course of two months and selected a new design to become the state flag. Mississippians voted to approve the flag design on November 3, 2020. The Mississippi Legislature enacted the design into law during the 2021 legislative session.

Learn more about the process of ratifying Mississippi's new state flag. Download the new design for personal or commercial use.

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Empowering people through Mississippi’s many stories.

That’s our vision at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. We are here to help you explore and discover your Mississippi stories.


You can use this website, and our reading rooms in downtown Jackson, to:

  • Research historical records, archival collections and special publications
  • Discover historical sites and museums to visit all around the state
  • Check out upcoming events, including our History is Lunch series
  • Preserve Mississippi’s historic buildings and archaeological sites
  • Download field trip guides, lesson plans, and teaching units
  • View regulations for managing state and local government records
  • Find out how to volunteer, donate, and more
News & Events

Find the latest news, upcoming programs, and special exhibitions at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

News & Events

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Be part of history. Volunteer with MDAH and help us preserve and connect Mississippi’s rich historic resources with people around the world.


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News & Articles

10/11/2021

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $458,007 grant to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) from the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) program.

10/4/2021
Civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer was born October 6, 1917.
8/12/2021
PBS Frontline’s traveling augmented-reality exhibit Un(re)solved will open Saturday, August 28, at the Two Mississippi Museums.
7/26/2021
The new Nissan Café by Nick Wallace Culinary is now open at the Two Mississippi Museums.
7/19/2021
On Friday, July 16, the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History elected a new board member and approved the establishment of the Mississippi Historic Site Preservation Fund.

Events

Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums

Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday and includes the PBS FRONTLINE special

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club

On Mondays at noon CST, the Eudora Welty House & Garden will present online book discussions of Welty's novel Delta Wedding led by Mil

Yoga in the Welty Garden

MDAH education specialist and certified yoga instructor Jennifer Rose will lead free yoga classes in the Welty Garden on Tuesdays at 7 a.m.