The Nebraska Historical Marker program helps communities and organizations recognize the people, places, and events that are significant to our state’s rich history.
- Events: broad patterns of history
- People: significant contributions and where they were made
- Prehistory and Archeology: what sites reveal about past peoples
- Cultural Heritage: groups that make Nebraska distinctive
- State History: significant contribution to Nebraska’s state story
- Identify a marker topic and research it. The History Nebraska Reference Department can help.
- Fill out a preliminary marker application.
- Send to History Nebraska for staff review and to determine further steps.
- Once the marker text has been agreed upon and a site approved, payment for the marker must be received prior to order. Markers are delivered roughly 8-12 weeks from the time of order.
Historical Markers Program
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Local sponsors are responsible for financing the marker.
State Historical Markers are not available to commemorate individuals, organizations or structures primarily for their longevity, public service or philanthropy. Subjects must meet the criteria for historical significance above.
Historic markers should be located on public property. When possible, the marker should be located at or near the historic site the marker interprets. History Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Transportation will help find a suitable site.
In addition to the map below, you can also download the basic list of current markers.
Highway Historical Markers; erection or maintenance:
Written consent of History Nebraska required.
It shall be unlawful for any person, public or private corporation, association, or organization to post, erect, or maintain any historical marker, monument, sign or notice, on public property or any place in the state, upon any public street, road, or highway in the state bearing any legend, inscription, or notice which purports to record any historical event, incident, or fact or to maintain any such historical marker, monument, notice, or sign posted or erected after September 20, 1957, unless a written certificate of approval has first been secured from the Historical Land Mark Council or, after December 25, 1969, from the History Nebraska.