The historical marker process in Texas begins at the county level. After you have reviewed all the relevant information on this page, contact your county historical commission chair if you are interested in submitting an application.
2019 Marker Applications now available
The THC accepts applications for historical markers each fall for the following calendar year. The next application period is from September 1 through November 15, 2018, for 2019 markers. Please note that applying for a marker is highly competitive, all required components must be included when submitting an application. See Marker Toolkit for more information on how to apply. The entire process of application submission to marker dedication is very long, most applications take 12-18 months.
The following applications are available in Word doc and pdf format starting in August 2018:
- Subject Marker Application (Word doc) (PDF)
- Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) Application (Word doc) (PDF)
- Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) Marker Application (Word doc) (PDF)
Please note that all marker applications must be approved and submitted by your county historical commission chair or marker chair to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HTC Name & Date Plaque Applications (accepted year round)
An Historic Texas Cemetery designation is a pre-requisite for a cemetery marker. If your cemetery has been designated as historic through our Cemetery Preservation program and you wish to purchase a non-interpretive historical plaque, then you can submit the form below.
Note: For an interpretive historical marker for the cemetery, please submit an HTC Application during the regular Fall application period (see section above to download HTC Marker Application when available).
Marker program staff are offering several online webinars explaining the marker research and application process through the summer and fall of 2018. Look here for a list of dates and times for these training opportunities.
Helpful Tools for Markers
Marker Program Policies, Forms and Procedures
Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures (PDF) (for new marker applications)
Scoring Criteria (PDF)
Official Texas Historical Marker Policies (PDF) (for existing and new markers)
For an outline of the basic steps of the marker application process, please see this marker process flow chart (PDF).