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 2018-2019 application cycle (for markers to be dedicated in 2019).
The 2018-2019 Marker Application is now available for download as a word document or a fillable PDF.
Submit your completed Marker Application by June 22, 2018.

Download the Marker Application

It’s never too early to start planning, so be sure to look over our revised Guidelines and Procedures and Policies for detailed information about the Marker Program, including the process to obtain a marker, requirements, restrictions on topics, and costs.
In order to be considered, topics must:
  • 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. 
  • Applications should be postmarked, faxed, or emailed to the attention of Casey Pfeiffer by 11:59 PM EST on June 22, 2018.
  • On August 10, 2018, the Indiana Library and Historical Board will make decisions on the individual applications based upon recommendations from Historical Bureau staff and the marker advisory board.  Historical Bureau staff will notify applicants about the decisions the same day as the ILHB vote.
  • The Indiana Historical Bureau plans to have approved markers ready to be manufactured by May 2019.

Application Process Overview:

The application process for an Indiana State Historical Marker is rigorous to ensure that:
  • Marker texts are accurate, diverse, and provide historical context,
  • Markers are installed at appropriate sites, and
  • Necessary permissions have been obtained
Starting in 2017, IHB has committed to do more markers annually than we have over the past decade. Please note though that submission of a Marker Application does not guarantee that the Marker Application will be successful.
  • 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

An Indiana State Historical Marker for the 2018-2019 application cycle will cost $2,950. The applicant (an individual or an organization/institution) must raise the full cost of an Indiana State Historical Marker.

Need HELP?

If at any time during the process you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

                Casey Pfeiffer, Marker Program Manager


                Email Casey