Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board and the Society of Mississippi Archivists are co-sponsoring a poster entitled Mississippi: Articles of War, 1861-1865 to promote Mississippi Archives Month 2013. The poster features images, drawings, and documents of the era and encourages all Mississippians to learn more about life in Mississippi during the Civil War by visiting local archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies.

Several Mississippi institutions will present events commemorating Archives Month. For example, as part of the “Downtown on Display” collaborative open house in Jackson, the William F. Winter Archives and History Building will be open from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit “This Is Home”: Medgar Evers, Mississippi, and the Movement, see treasures from the collections of the Archives and Records Services Division, and meet with staff to discuss collections care and donation.

For information about events during Archives Month throughout Mississippi, please visit www.msarchivists.org. For information about celebrations nationwide, visit www.statearchivists.org.