Historical Marker Equity Program

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The Nebraska Historical Marker program helps communities and organizations recognize the people, places, and events significant to our state’s rich history.

This program offers groups, communities, and organizations the opportunity to highlight underserved stories in Nebraska history through a grant that pays for the marker to be created. Historic events and stories must be dated 1980 or earlier. To apply, click the button below. The current grant cycle will be open April 27, 2022 through July 20, 2022. Selected applicants will be notified by September 2nd, 2022.

The current grant cycle is now open and is accepting applications for the following topics:

  • Civil Rights
  • Arts (Musical, Theater, etc)
  • Native American Perspectives
  • 20th Century Immigration/Refugee Movements
  • Sports

Thanks to the efforts of State Senator Justin Wayne of Omaha, the 2021 Nebraska legislature allocated funds to assist History Nebraska in identifying diverse stories across the state to be told through the historical marker program. The funds will offset the costs of new and replacement historical markers that meet diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) criteria set by the Historical Marker Equity Program.


The marker topics and the organizations selected by the advisory council for the first grant cycle were selected and notified in September 2022. The recipients are:

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Historical Marker Equity Program Advisory Council
  • Eric Ewing, Omaha
  • Dr. Heather Fryer, Omaha
  • Dr. Nathan Tye, Kearney
  • Vickie Schaepler, Kearney
  • Taylor Keen, Omaha
  • Autumn Langemeier, Lincoln
Charles Jackson French

Genoa U.S. Indian Industrial School

Gladys Lux

Japanese Hall

Johnny Carson

Minor League Baseball in Norfolk

Kay Cover, Softball in Red Cloud

Pol-y-gron-da-ha Burial Site

Omaha DePorres Club

Peony Park

The White Clay Extension

League Park

Great Plains Black History Museum

Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation

LUX Center for the Arts

Legacy of the Plains Museum

Elkhorn Valley Museum

Elkhorn Valley Museum

Katherine Stoner

Red Cloud Heritage Tourism Development

Omaha Star

Peony Park Historical Marker Committee

Broc Anderson

Nebraska Public Historians







Red Cloud

Red Cloud



White Clay


Applications for funding by the Historic Marker Equity Program will be evaluated based on the following criteria (Based on a 100 point scale) as well as a discussion and final vote by the Historic Marker Equity Program Advisory Council:

Cycle Relevance
Representation & NE Ties

Cycle Relevance

How well does this proposed topic fit the current cycle themes? Will it engage the broader community and fill in gaps in the Historical Marker Program? (30 points possible)

Representation & NE Ties

The proposed topic both represents well the community it is bringing to the forefront as well as having a strong, recognizable tie to Nebraska with its narrative. (30 points possible)


If we do not fund this will it be to the detriment of representation in Nebraska history? Higher rating means our funding is important to the creation of this marker. (10 points possible)


Adequate sources are provided, allowing the Advisory Council to verify the proposed marker information with relative ease. Higher scores indicate reliable sources. (10 points possible)

Proposed Location Viability: Is there 1+ proposed location for the Marker? How much difficulty is involved in getting permission to place the Marker in the proposed location? Higher scores indicate a higher level of location viability. (20 points possible)

Questions: Contact Autumn Langemeier at autumn.langemeier@nebraska.gov.

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