Rare U.S. Flag to Be Conserved

FROM MDAH NEW RELEASES – A $12,500 grant from the Billups-Garth Foundation and contributions from dozens of individual donors will help fund the conservation and exhibition of one of the department’s rarest and most significant artifacts. The nearly two-hundred-year-old 20-Star United States flag was transported to specialists in West Virginia in January to undergo cleaning and stabilization that could take up to eighteen months.

In this photograph from 2001, then-director of the Department of Archives and History Elbert R. Hilliard discusses the recently acquired 20-Star United States flag with former Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History director Donna Bailey Dye.

In this photograph from 2001, then-director of the Department of Archives and History Elbert R. Hilliard discusses the recently acquired 20-Star United States flag with former Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History director Donna Bailey Dye.

The historic banner has been adopted as a symbol of Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration in 2017. Acquired by the department in 2001, the gauze flag’s fragile condition was evidence that it had flown aboard a ship. Its frayed edges and numerous holes throughout the blue canton and red-and-white striped field prevented its public display.

Textile Preservation Associates, experts who recently conserved the 11th Mississippi Cavalry Civil War flag for MDAH, will humidify the six-by-ten-foot banner to release dirt from the fabric and meticulously vacuum it. Finally, the flag will be flattened and mounted into a frame to protect the nearly two-century-old textile and allow it to be displayed upright. Continue reading


Mississippi Launches State History and Civil Rights Museums

FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES–Mississippi officials, civil rights leaders and school children broke ground today on the landmark Museum of Mississippi History and the first Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

From left, Entergy Mississippi president Haley Fisackerly, former Governor Haley Barbour, Governor Phil Bryant, state NAACP president Derrick Johnson, former NAACP chair Myrlie Evers, former Governor William Winter, and former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson were part of more than fifty people who broke ground on the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in downtown Jackson on October 24. and History.

From left, Entergy Mississippi president Haley Fisackerly, former Governor Haley Barbour, Governor Phil Bryant, state NAACP president Derrick Johnson, former NAACP chair Myrlie Evers, former Governor William Winter, and former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson were part of more than fifty people who broke ground on the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in downtown Jackson on October 24.
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“Mississippi has a rich history. Thanks to these two museums, generations to follow will see and hear those stories,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, adding, “They will see that Mississippi is much more about the future than the past.” Continue reading


State History and Civil Rights Museums Break Ground on October 24

FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES–Governor Phil Bryant and other elected officials, civil rights leader Myrlie Evers and other movement veterans, children and teachers, and volunteers from across the state will lift shovels to break ground on the 2 Mississippi Museums project—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—on Thursday, October 24, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to a historic day of festivities that will feature music, food, fun, and children’s activities. The groundbreaking will be held at 200 North Street in downtown Jackson. Continue reading


MDAH Newspaper Holdings to be Digitized

FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES–MDAH has received a $274,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize 100,000 pages of Mississippi newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The department will partner with Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections on the project. Continue reading


MDAH Commemorates Life of Medgar Evers Throughout Year

FROM MDAH NEWS RELEASES — In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will commemorate the life of civil rights leader Medgar Evers with exhibits and programs. Evers was the Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP from 1954 until his assassination in the driveway of his family’s home in Jackson on June 11, 1963.

On May 1, a History Is Lunch lecture by Myrlie Evers-Williams, former director of the NAACP and Medgar Evers’s widow, will open the exhibit “This is Home”: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement. Drawing on photographs, artifacts, documents, and newsfilm footage from the MDAH collection, the exhibit will cover Evers’s early life and family, his career with the NAACP, and his death. The exhibit will run through October at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, then travel the state.

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Old Capitol Museum Hosts 4th Annual Gathering on the Green April 6

Enjoy a day of games, music, art, and food at the fourth annual Gathering on the Green at the Old Capitol Museum, Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to another fun-filled day on the grounds,” said Old Capitol Museum director Clay Williams.  “Every year the festival gets bigger and better, and this year we’re excited to add more music and an archaeology dig to our family friendly activities.”

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Foundation to Hold Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Foundation for Mississippi History will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St., in downtown Jackson).


Come to the Old Capitol Museum and Celebrate with Governor William Winter

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Deadline for Nominations for Capers, Carr Black, Welty Awards Upcoming

Nominations for the Capers, Carr Black, and Welty Awards, given every other year, are due by February 28, 2013. These three awards recognize excellence in the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of Mississippi history.

In 2007 the Foundation for Mississippi History received a contribution to establish achievement awards in honor of Patti Carr Black and in memory of Eudora Welty and Charlotte Capers. After the nomination period is complete, recipients are reviewed by the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History and the award winners are selected at their April board meeting. The 2013 Capers-Carr Black-Welty Awards each carry a $300 cash prize.

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Mississippi Historical Society Seeking Nominations for Awards

MDAH Press Release – The 2013 meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society will be February 28-March 2, 2013, in Vicksburg. Every year the society awards prizes for outstanding work in interpreting, teaching, and preserving Mississippi history, including the award for best history teacher.

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