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
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.
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: 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)
- Funding: 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)
- Sources: 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)
Historical Marker Equity Program Advisory Council
Eric Ewing, Omaha
Dr. Heather Fryer, Omaha
Dr. Nathan Tye, Kearney
Vickie Schaepler, Kearney
Autumn Langemeier, Lincoln