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.

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

8/3/2020
MDAH is accepting applications for preservation projects across the state. The 2020 Mississippi legislature has provided funding for another round of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant (CHPG) Program, which helps preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic courthouses and schools.
7/20/2020
At its June 23 meeting, Fred Banks was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Mississippi History, which supports and promotes the activities, programs, and projects of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). P. Ryan Beckett was named vice-chairman.
7/2/2020
On Tuesday, July 7, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) reopened a number of its museums.
8/10/2020
The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag has considered nearly 3,000 flag designs and narrowed their choices. View their picks at https://picti.net/X7UB8.
7/29/2020

The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met on Tuesday, July 28, at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Present were Reuben Anderson, Cyrus Ben, Sherri Carr Bevis, Frank Bordeaux, Betsey Hamilton, T.J. Taylor, and J.

7/23/2020
At its first meeting held on July 22 at the Two Mississippi Museums, the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag set August 1 as the new deadline for the public to submit designs for a new state flag. Commissioners unanimously elected Reuben Anderson to serve as chairman.

Events

Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag Meeting
Fri, Aug 14 2020, 10:30 - 11:30am

The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag will meet in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on August 14.

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club

The second "Welty at Home" book club pick is Margaret Walker's signature novel, Jubilee. An award-winning poet, novelist, and English prof

History Is Lunch: Josh Green, "The Jackson Country Club Raid"
Wed, Aug 19 2020, 12 - 1pm

At noon on Wednesday, August 19, Josh Green will present "The Jackson Country Club Raid" as part of the History Is Lunch series.