Applying for an Indiana State Historical Marker
Thank you for your interest in the Indiana State Historical Marker Program! The Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) is accepting applications for new marker topics for the 2020-2021 application cycle (for markers to be dedicated in 2021).
Demonstrate statewide significance
Be substantiated with primary source documentation
Application Process Overview:
Marker texts are accurate, diverse, and provide historical context,
Markers are installed at appropriate sites, and
Necessary permissions have been obtained
IHB staff will carefully review every application submitted; the number and quality of 2020 applications submitted will be a factor in determining the number of applications approved to move forward.
IHB staff performs much of the final research and editing required for the marker; however, the applicant must provide reliable, locally-available primary source materials for each point on a marker in a timely fashion. A successful marker application involves collaboration between IHB and marker applicants.
Topic Priorities for 2020-2021 Markers:
- IHB encourages applications for topics that will celebrate notable anniversaries in 2021. For instance, topics that are celebrating semi-centennials (1971), 75 year anniversaries (1946), centennials (1921), sesquicentennials (1871), 175 year anniversaries (1846), bicentennials (1821), etc. are particularly welcome.
- IHB guidelines stipulate that no individual may be the topic of a marker until twenty years after his or her death. Thus, notable Hoosiers who died in 2001 or earlier can be application candidates for markers placed in 2021. It is at the discretion of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, upon the recommendation of IHB, to make any exceptions to this guideline.
- IHB is also giving priority to topics relating to underrepresented, minority, and ethnic groups in Indiana history. This subject area has been given priority for a number of reasons:
- The history of these groups is not equitably represented in the current collection of Indiana State Historical Markers
- The current collection of markers generally does not provide perspectives of minorities.
- Examples of standing markers that meet current criteria and priorities: Helen M. Gougar, Sugar Creek Community, Indians Murdered 1824, and Polly Strong Slavery Case.
Cost of an Indiana State Historical Marker
If at any time during the process you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Casey Pfeiffer, Marker Program Manager