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HTH-retiresH.T. Holmes, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History since 2005, has announced his plan to retire in early 2015.

“Hank Holmes will leave a remarkable legacy of innovation and growth,” said MDAH Board of Trustees president Kane Ditto. “Under his leadership the department developed its electronic records section into a national model, greatly expanded the state’s commitment to preserve and honor the Mississippi American Indian history, oversaw a $26 million historic preservation grant program in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, opened the Eudora Welty House and Garden, and is now in the midst of its largest and most significant construction project of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.”

Holmes began his association with MDAH in 1969 as a college intern. He went on to serve as oral historian, archivist, records analyst, manuscript curator, map curator, head of the special collections section, and director of the department’s Archives and Library division from 1988 through 2004. A native of Winona, Holmes earned his B.A. in English from Millsaps College in 1973 and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1982.

“I am proud of the work done daily by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. MDAH administers programs and operates museums and historic sites that in most other states are the responsibility of four, five, six, or more agencies,” said Holmes. “The department’s next director will find a true treasure with the dedicated staff in place here.”

The board will begin a national search for the next director in June. See the MDAH Job Openings page for details.

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