Museums Utilize Web Technology

The past has embraced the future.  Using the Internet as a means to expand their reach, the recently opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History have launched websites that invite everyone to explore the state’s challenging and interesting background.  The websites, located at and, provide viewers with engaging content, news, online ticket purchase, photo galleries, interactive maps, online donations, and more.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History hired U.S.NEXT to develop the websites.  “MDAH told us the sites should be easy to navigate, mobile-friendly, and secure,” said David Crawford, CEO of U.S.NEXT, the largest web development firm headquartered in Mississippi.  “We also provided a content management system that enables their staff to keep the sites up-to-date with the latest news, text, photos, and videos.”

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum shares the stories of a movement that changed the nation.  The museum promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its peoples.  Visitors will witness the freedom struggle in eight interactive galleries that show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality that transformed the state and nation.

The Museum of Mississippi History encourages people to explore and appreciate the state's history, presenting rich and complex stories that illustrate how the past influences their future together.  The museum explores over 15,000 years of state history.  Visitors will enjoy innovative exhibits, educational programs, and hundreds of artifacts.