Hattiesburg Area Historical Society...preserving local history and heritage since 1970

About us

Society Purpose

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 formed in the state of Mississippi.

Society Mission

  • 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 Hattiesburg, 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 Museum

The HAHS Museum is staffed by volunteers. The museum collection consists of materials donated by members and friends. Donations related to the area's history and development are always welcome.


Russell Archer, President
Lynn Helwig, First Vice-President
Ursula Jones, Second Vice-President
Hattie Phalen, Recording Secretary
Paula Harvey, Corresponding Secretary
Barbara Curry, Treasurer
Clai Meador, Assistant Treasurer

Board Members

Phyllis Bailey
Jeanne Herring
Lee Terrio

Former Officers & Board Members

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Constitution and By-laws