Hattiesburg Area Historical Society & Museum

Hattiesburg, MS


The Hattiesburg Area Historical Society (HAHS) was organized in 1970 to fill a void in the preservation of local history and heritage. The society was incorporated in 1971 as the first historical society in the area and the second society formed in the state of Mississippi.

The Hattiesburg Area Historical Society (HAHS) was organized in 1970 to fill a void in the preservation of local history and heritage. The society was incorporated in 1971 as the first historical society in the area and the second society formed in the state of Mississippi.

The society's mission is:

  • To bring together people interested in regional history,
  • To promote better understanding of our American heritage and democratic way of life,
  • To discover, collect, and preserve any material which can help establish or illustrate the history of Forrest County and the surrounding area,
  • To disseminate and arouse interest in historical information,
  • To cooperate with other state historical societies and the state Department of Archives and History to make HAHS materials available to the public.

The HAHS Museum is staffed by volunteers. The museum collection consists of materials donated by members and friends. New donations related to the area history and development are always welcome. The HAHS offices and Museum are located in the Hattiesburg Cultural Center, at 723 Main Street in downtown Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

These materials are presented online for educational purposes only. Images may contain copyrighted material. Use of these materials on websites, in exhibits, or in publications requires the permission of Hattiesburg Area Historical Society & Museum and/or the legal copyright holder. The user bears full responsibility for securing any and all appropriate permissions. Please contact the Hattiesburg Area Historical Society & Museum for further information.


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