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.
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.
Discover your story. Search the ultimate primary resource of Mississippi’s historical documents, photos, videos, and more.
You can use our online collections, and the extensive resources at our reading rooms in downtown Jackson, to build your family tree, create an engaging presentation, or simply explore your Mississippi history.
Real stories, real places. Set out on a hands-on history adventure and discover the people and places that shaped your Mississippi.
MDAH welcomes curious visitors of all ages to more than a dozen museums, historic sites and cultural attractions throughout the state.
Tell your story for generations to come. Mississippi is rich in architectural and archaeological history.
Be part of history. Volunteer with MDAH and help us preserve and connect Mississippi’s rich historic resources with people around the world.
Teachers & Students
Stories are for sharing. Help your students explore their Mississippi history from K-12 to college.
Discover ready-to-use field trip guides, professional development opportunities, a host of classroom resources and information on Mississippi History Day, our history-themed student competition.
News & Articles
The special exhibition Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works will open Wednesday, January 12, in the lobby of the William F. Winter Archives & History building. The exhibition will feature Bucci’s earliest artworks, sketches, and biographical materials.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), the world’s largest express transportation company, is supporting free admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) will award fellowships of up to $2,000 to support individuals hoping to locate information related to their family history using resources available at MDAH.
Christian Pinnen’s Complexion of Empire in Natchez, Race and Slavery in the Mississippi Borderlands, published by the University of G
MDAH Board of Trustees Meeting
At 10 a.m.
Free Sundays at the Two Mississippi Museums
Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday. Face masks and social distanc
History Is Lunch: Dr. William E. Cochran, "Optometry in Mississippi, 1920-2020"
At noon on Wednesday, January 26, Dr. William E.