mht history

Back in 1992, when a group of dedicated preservationists got together to form the Mississippi Heritage Trust, they envisioned an organization that would work with local preservation groups and support them in their battles to save Mississippi’s rich architectural legacy.

What an incredibly journey!  With programs like as the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi, the Mississippi Historic Preservation Conference and Heritage Awards, the Mississippi Heritage Trust shines a spotlight on the need to save the treasured historic resources that make Mississippi such a special place.


Over the last 25 years, MHT has...


Worked to save dozens of historic places in Mississippi. One of the most popular successes has been the Cutrer Mansion in Clarksdale, the result of a three-year awareness effort.


Inaugurated 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in 1999, which has raised awareness of the plight of  historic treasures big and small and resulted in amazing preservation victories.


Along with preservation partners, lobbied the Mississippi legislature for the passage of a State Historic Tax Credit for the rehabilitation of historic properties, which passed in 2006 and was reauthorized in 2016.


Showcased some of Mississippi’s many preservation-minded places to historic preservation conference participants, including Natchez, Church Hill, Columbus, West Point, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Pascagoula, Carrollton, Greenwood, Mound Bayou, Clarksdale, Meridian, Cleveland, Hattiesburg, Tupelo, Water Valley and Jackson.


Recognized over 200 preservation success stories of Mississippian who have done their part to protect the irreplaceable with the Mississippi Heritage Awards.


Worked with local, state and national partners to help the Gulf Coast recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina through efforts such as the Pilot Stabilization Program and the Good Neighbor House Painting Program.


Developed a historic preservation curriculum for use in Mississippi schools to educate children about the value of preserving our precious historic resources.


Successfully listed the Raymond Historic District, Ripley Historic District, Cleveland Founders Historic District, Como Commercial Historic District, Highland Circle Historic District in Tupelo, Broad Street-Church Street Historic District in Columbia, Columbia North Residential Historic District, Eupora Historic District, Baldwyn Historic District, Forest Downtown Historic District and the Gulfport Harbor Square Commercial Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.


Completed historic district design guidelines for Philadelphia, Ripley, Columbia, Cleveland, and McComb.


Successfully nominated the Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Barnard Observatory and the Natchez Bluff Stabilization Project for a National Trust Preservation Honor Award.


Guided the National Trust to select the Vicksburg Campaign Trail and the Threefoot Building in Meridian as one of the nation’s  11 Most Endangered Historic Places


Successfully nominated the City of Natchez to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations 2003.