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What is the National Heritage Areas (NHA) program?

NHAs are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, NHAs are large, lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA’s entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs. NHA designation recognizes the national importance of a region’s sites and history.

NHAs further the mission of the National Park Service (NPS) by fostering community stewardship of our nation’s heritage. There are 55 designated NHAs in the US.

Learn more about the NHA Program.

Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area

Congress and the president designated the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MHNHA) in April of 2009. Bounded approximately by I-55 to the west and Highway 14 to the south, MHNHA covers 19 full counties and portions of 11 others in the northeastern part of the Magnolia state. MHNHA represents a distinctive cultural landscape shaped largely by the dynamic intersection of Appalachian and Delta cultures, an intersection that produced a powerful concentration of nationally significant cultural icons that have made significant contributions in literature, music, civil rights, and major historic events that took place here.

MHNHA’s Primary Interpretive Themes

  • Music & Literature
  • African-American Heritage
  • Native-American History
  • Civil War