Nebraska Historical Marker Program

Historical Markers note historic places. The Nebraska program helps communities recognize the people, place, and events significant on the local, state, and national level.

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:

By mail:

Historical Markers Program
1500 R Street
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554

Or email:

jessica.fortney@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. NSHS and the Nebraska Department of Roads will help find a suitable site.

Marker Information

All markers are cast aluminum, silver letters against a blue background, with a state seal.

Two posts:
5' wide by 6' tall, 180 words
$5,300 including posts and shipping

Single-post:
42" wide by 30" tall, 80 words
$1,950 including post and shipping

Tablet-Style:
6' wide by 3' tall, 170 words
$3,100 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 paint specs. Your local auto body shop may be able to repaint the marker for you or you can gather a group to paint.

If your marker needs further repair please contact us so we can add it to our needs list! The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation's Nebraska Marker Project helps fund repainting, repair, and in some cases replacement of state historical markers. Please consider donating by visiting the Nebraska Marker Project webpage.

View our list of marker texts, locations, and some photographs. 

Coming Soon! Our new app will help you find markers from your phone or tablet. Access marker texts and additional historical information and make your own marker tour.

Yearly memberships start at $32

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