Applying for an Indiana State Historical Marker
Demonstrate statewide significance
Be substantiated with primary source documentation
Download a copy of our Research Checklist. This list of resources is the checklist IHB researchers use when starting a new research project. It includes links to digital resources as well as national, state, and regional repositories.
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 2018 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 2018-2019 Markers:
- IHB encourages applications for topics that will celebrate notable anniversaries in 2019. For instance, topics that are celebrating semi-centennials (1969), 75 year anniversaries (1944), centennials (1919), sesquicentennials (1869), 175 year anniversaries (1844), bicentennials (1819), 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. In which case, notable Hoosiers who died in 1999 can be application candidates for markers placed in 2019.
- 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: Benack’s Village, Amanda Way, and Virginia Claypool Meredith.
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