Historic Preservation

Nebraska Historical Marker Program

Historical Marker Program

To View Markers

There are multiple ways to view historical markers across the state.

Markers Interpret

  • 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

To Apply:

  • 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.

By Mail:

Historical Markers Program
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

By Email:

hn.hp@nebraska.gov

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.

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Marker Information

Marker Designs and Prices
Fixing Markers
Marker App

All Markers are cast aluminm, silver letters against a blue background, with a state seal.

Two posts:
5′ wide by 6′ tall, 180 words
$7,000 including posts and shipping

Single-post:
42″ wide by 30″ tall, 80 words
$2,700 including post and shipping

Tablet-Style:
6′ wide by 3′ tall, 170 words
$4,000 including shipping
Requires wall mounting or a masonry base at local cost

Support your local marker! Repainting a historic marker can be fun for your group or community. Use these marker painting specs. Your local auto body shop may be able to repaint the marker for you or you can gather a group to paint.

Our Explore Nebraska History app is the easiest way to find Nebraska Historical Markers in your area or access marker information from afar. You can download it on the App Store or Google Play. There is also a desktop version.

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About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
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