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.

The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag met at the Two Mississippi Museums and selected the “New Magnolia Flag” to become the new state flag. The commissioners submitted the design to the governor and the legislature as instructed in House Bill 1796, which established the commission. Mississippians voted to approve the flag design on November 3, 2020. 

The commission voted to brand the flag the “In God We Trust” flag.

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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

1/13/2021
FedEx Corporation is supporting free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18.
1/11/2021
On Monday, January 11, Governor Tate Reeves signed the bill ratifying the newly adopted state flag at the Two Mississippi Museums. Afterwards, Governor Reeves joined Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn to lead a flag-raising ceremony on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol. 
1/8/2021
A book about the tragic 1970 shooting deaths of James Earl Green and Phillip Gibbs at Jackson State University has won the Mississippi Historical Society’s award for the best Mississippi history book of 2020.
12/19/2020
William F. Winter led the MDAH Board of Trustees for nearly fifty years, making an unmistakable impact on the department and the state.
12/10/2020

The Visitor Center and Museum at Winterville Mounds will remain closed for future renovation and interpretation of its exhibits. The historic grounds will remain open to the public and will continue to be monitored by MDAH personnel.

11/30/2020
The MDAH website was named one of the best genealogical websites in the country by Family Tree Magazine, a national family history publication.

Events

MDAH Board of Trustees Meeting
Fri, Jan 22 2021, 10 - 11am

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees will hold an executive committee meeting on Friday, January 22, 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 from noon–4 p.m.

#WeltyatHome: A Virtual Book Club

On Mondays, at noon CST, the Eudora Welty House & Garden will host live book discussions of In the Valley, a new collection of short s