"… The historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life …"
The Department of Archives and History is committed to the preservation of the state's cultural resources. The Historic Preservation Division works closely with individuals, local governments, and federal agencies to protect Mississippi's historic structures, archaeological sites, and other places associated with important movements, events, and people.
The Historic Preservation Division provides technical assistance and grants for preservation projects, maintains extensive lists of the state's archaeological sites and historic places, and oversees the State Historical Marker, Abandoned Cemeteries Program, Mississippi Landmark, and National Register of Historic Places programs. The division serves as the State Historic Preservation Office, managing Mississippi's participation in the national historic preservation program. Mississippi's historic preservation program is funded by an annual grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior matched with state funds.
Long housed in the former Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad Depot in Jackson, the Historic Preservation Division moved into the Charlotte Capers Building in 2006. The former home of the state archives, the Capers Building offered more office and storage space, a laboratory for use with the archaeological collection, and a large search room for professionals using National Register files, archaeological reports, and U.S. Geological Survey quad maps. The search room is open by appointment only Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Call 601-576-6940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historic Preservation Division administers the following programs:
Cemetery Conservation Workshops
Technical Preservation Assistance
Local Government Assistance
Cultural Resources Survey and Inventory
State Historical Markers
National Register of Historic Places
Federal and State Project Review
Civil War Sites Program
MDAH Historic Preservation Division
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