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

Volunteer

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

11/23/2021

Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) sites will be closed at times during the holiday season.

11/15/2021

On Saturday, November 20, join us for the Holiday Open House at the Mississippi Museum Store. The come-and-go event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

11/10/2021

On Friday, December 3, enjoy free live music, holiday decorations, and treats during the 2021 Christmas by Candlelight Tour.

11/4/2021

The Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Muse

10/15/2021
On Tuesday, October 19, The Two Mississippi Museums will host Un(re)solved: Conversation with Jerry Mitchell and Margaret Burnham to discuss the civil rights cold cases highlighted in Un(re)solved—the PBS Frontline traveling augmented-reality exhibit at the Two Mississippi Museums.
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.

Events

36th Social Studies Teachers Workshop
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Join us on Saturday, December 4, and Saturday, December 11, for the 36th Social Studies Teachers Workshop. Sessions include presentations from the

Grand Sale at the Grand Village
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Join us for an open house and sale on Saturday, December 4.

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