2010 Annual Report

Outreach Programs Extend MDAH Services across State

One of the highest priorities at MDAH is to reach people who may not be able to travel to our sites. Here are a few highlights from the departmentís outreach efforts this past year.

Personal Treasures Program Travels to Corinth and Oxford

MDAH took one of its most popular programs to Corinth in October 2009 and Oxford in April 2010. Personal Treasures, like the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow, gives the public a chance to bring items for identification and evaluation by specialists. Experts offer tips on the conservation and care of the item as well as a list of appraisers.

Items of most interest at the most recent Personal Treasures event, in Oxford, included family Bibles, rare books from the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, a silk military map, a book of family crests, a lithograph, a needle box, a Boyds battery, and a Civil War letter.

Historians Visit Classrooms in Natchez

Historians from Historic Jefferson College visit area schools at least once a month. An expert in Mississippiís Territorial period dresses in period costume and does a thirty-minute program with fourth graders, using a crossword puzzle and map-drawing exercise to engage the students. Another historian visits first graders each month to read books, tell stories, and do hands-on projects.

Archivists Offer Training in Columbus, Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Oxford

MDAH held five workshops during November and December 2009: Maintaining a Healthy Local Records Program/Managing Electronic Records in Jackson, Columbus, and Hattiesburg; a basic archives workshop in Oxford; and a workshop on archival processing and preservation in Jackson. More than eighty people attended these presentations, which were sponsored by the Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

MDAH and MHRAB also co-sponsored the traveling exhibit William Grant Still: Inspired to Inspiring, which was shown at five venues statewide, July-November and is now part of the Museum Divisionís traveling exhibit program. The exhibit was co-sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Mississippi Library Commission.

Significant Advances in State Records Management Program

MDAH provided increased records management services to fifty-one state agencies, through training and consultations; records scheduling, disposal, and transfer to State Records Center or Archives; reference services, tape rotation, and archival processing. MDAH offered training in basic records management and the management of electronic records to 179 staff members from nineteen agencies.

MDAH staff led Mississippiís participation in the FEMA/Council of State Archivistsí Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records (IPER) Project, working with staff from Information Technology Services and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency; representatives attended webinars and other training.

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