Applying for an Indiana State Historical Marker
The Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) is accepting applications for new marker topics for the 2016 application cycle. The increasing popularity of the Indiana State Historical Marker Program has prompted a two-part application process.
In order to be considered, topics must:
- Demonstrate statewide significance
- Be substantiated with primary source documentation
See our Policies and Guidelines and Procedures for detailed information about the Marker Program, including the process to obtain a marker, requirements, restrictions, and costs.
STEP ONE: Submit 1-page Intent to Apply form by May 13, 2016.
The 2016 Intent to Apply form is available now. Please click below to view this form (State Form 54932).
- Only one marker may be requested on an Intent to Apply form.
- No applicant may submit more than one Intent to Apply form per marker cycle.
- The completed Intent to Apply form should be postmarked, faxed, or emailed to the attention of Casey Pfeiffer by 12 midnight EST.
- Applicants are encouraged to submit their forms as early as possible. This will allow time for any incomplete or unclear submissions to be returned, corrected, and resubmitted before the deadline.
- IHB staff will notify applicants about whether or not their topic meets program guidelines and has been approved to proceed to the second step of the application process by June 10, 2016.
STEP TWO: Submit completed Application form by August 19, 2016.
If the Intent to Apply form is approved, the Indiana Historical Bureau will send the applicant the 2016 Marker Application form.
- Applications should be postmarked, faxed, or emailed to the attention of Casey Pfeiffer by 12 midnight EST.
- IHB staff will notify applicants about whether or not their application was approved for research and installation in October 2016.
- The Indiana Historical Bureau strives to have approved 2016 application cycle historical markers ready to be ordered by May 2017.
Application Process Overview:
The application process for an Indiana State Historical Marker is rigorous to ensure that:
- Marker texts are accurate, diverse, and provide historical context,
- Markers are installed at appropriate sites, and
- Necessary permissions have been obtained
Permission to proceed to Step Two and submit an Application does not guarantee that the Application will be successful.
- IHB staff will carefully review every application submitted; the number and quality of 2016 Applications submitted will be a factor in determining the number of applications approved to move forward.
- IHB staff performs much of the final research required for the marker; however, the applicant must provide reliable, locally-available primary source materials in a timely fashion. A successful marker application involves collaboration between IHB and marker applicants.
- View a sample application worksheet.
Topic Priorities for 2016 Markers:
- IHB encourages applications for topics that will celebrate notable anniversaries in 2017. For instance, topics that are celebrating semi-centennials (1967), 75 year anniversaries (1942), centennials (1917), sesquicentennials (1867), 175 year anniversaries (1842), bicentennials (1817), etc. are particularly welcome.
- IHB guidelines stipulate that no individual may be the topic of a marker until twenty years after his or her death. In which case, notable Hoosiers who died in 1997 can be application candidates for markers placed in 2017.
- IHB is also giving priority to topics relating to underrepresented, minority, and ethnic groups in Indiana history. This subject area has been given priority for a number of reasons:
- The history of these groups is not equitably represented in the current collection of Indiana State Historical Markers
- The current collection of markers generally does not provide perspectives of minorities.
- Examples of standing markers that meet current criteria and priorities: Benack’s Village, Amanda Way, and Virginia Claypool Meredith.
Cost of an Indiana State Historical Marker
An Indiana State Historical Marker for the 2016 application cycle will cost approximately $2,200. The applicant (an individual or an organization/institution) must raise the full cost of an Indiana State Historical Marker.
If at any time during the process you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
Casey Pfeiffer, Marker Program Manager