Apply for a Historical Marker

This year's 2021 marker topics have been chosen. See the bottom of this webpage for the list of approved marker topics. 

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.

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. 

 
 
 

2022 Marker Applications will be available in Word doc and PDF format starting January 2022, please click on format below to download a sample:

Please note that all marker applications must be approved and submitted by your county historical commission chair or marker chair to markers@thc.texas.gov during the open application period. 2022 marker applications will not be considered for approval if received by the Texas Historical Commission before or after the open marker application period of March 1st - May 16th, 2022. 

 

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.

HTC Medallion

 

Note: For an interpretive historical marker for the cemetery, please submit an HTC Application during the regular Spring application period (see section above to download HTC Marker Application when available).

 

HTC Name & Date Plaque

The HTC Medallion with Name & Date Plaque application is available in Word doc and pdf format, please click on the link to download:

HTC Medallion with Name & Date Plaque Application (Word doc) (PDF)

HTC Medallion with Name & Date Plaque Application SAMPLE (Word doc) (PDF)

 

 

 


Marker program staff offer several online webinars explaining the marker research and application process. Look here for a list of dates and times for these training opportunities.

 

Helpful Tools for Markers

Marker Toolkit 

Training and Workshops

Family Home of George T. Briscoe, Devine, Medina Co.

Marker Research Guides

 

Marker Program Policies, Forms and Procedures

Marker Types (PDF)

Marker Statewide Themes/Topics (PDF)

2021 Historical Markers Program Work Plan (PDF)

2022 Historical Markers Program Work Plan (PDF)

Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures (PDF) (for new marker applications)

Scoring Criteria (PDF)

Official Texas Historical Marker Policies (PDF) (for existing and new markers)

2020 Amendment Relocation Replacement Retirement Procedures (PDF) (for existing markers)

For an outline of the basic steps of the marker application process, please see this Marker Process Timeline (PDF).


This year's 2021 received marker topics to be evaluated:

County Title
Atascoas Shiloh Community
Bandera Water Tower Complex (RTHL)
Bell MKT of Texas Railway Passenger Depot (RTHL)
Bexar Henry Porter Field (P.F.) Roberts
Brazos Edge Community and Its Settlers
Brazos A&M Methodist Church
Brazos College Station Cemetery (HTC)
Brown Weakley-Watson Building (RTHL)
Burleson Belltown Community
Calhoun Louis Antoine Andry
Calhoun Matagorda Island Lighthouse
Cameron Original Site of St. Joseph School
Cameron Miguel Fernandez Hide Yard Building (RTHL)
Cameron Ullman-Stern-Krausse Grocery Warehouse / Alamo Iron Works (RTHL)
Cameron Dean and Gladys Porter Home (RTHL)
Cameron Judith Calderoni-Yturria and Richard Champion House (RTHL)
Cherokee Jacksonville's Public Square
Collin Orenduff Cemetery (HTC)
Colorado Alley Cemetery (HTC)
Comal York Creek Cemetery (HTC)
Comal Market Plaza
Comal Comal Cemetery (HTC)
Comanche Sand Hill Cemetery (HTC)
Cooke Dissent In North Texas
Crosby Silver Falls Pavilion
Dallas Collins Radio Echo 1 Project
Dallas Atty. J.L. Turner Sr.
Dallas St. John Missionary Baptist Church
Dallas Kiest Memorial Garden
Dallas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1966 speech
Dallas New Hope Baptist Church
Dallas Junius Heights
Dallas Hall of Negro Life
Denton Landrum Cemetery (HTC)
Denton Wilson Cemetery (HTC)
Denton Roark-Griffith Pottery Site
DeWitt Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association
Ellis Cotton Industry in Ellis County
Ellis Old Bardwell
Fayette The Willow Springs Road Bridge (RTHL)
Fort Bend Orchard Cemetery (HTC)
Galveston The Home of Sealy and Mary Hutchings (RTHL)
Galveston Congregation B'nai Israel Rabbi Henry Cohen Memorial Temple (RTHL)
Gray Alanreed Cemetery (HTC)
Gregg 1919 Longview Race Riot
Guadalupe Schertz-Cibolo Cemetery (HTC)
Guadalupe Ridley Cemetery (HTC)
Hale Finney Field
Hall Ham's Barber Shop (RTHL)
Harris Houston Heights Odd Fellows Lodge No. 225 Hall (RTHL)
Harris Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
Harris The Brick Yards on Cedar Bayou
Harris The Turkey Day Classic
Harris George Thomas "Mickey" Leland, III
Harris Sabine Street
Harrison St. Paul's Episcopal Mission Church at Leigh
Harrison Woodlawn Cemetery (HTC)
Harrison New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 
Jefferson C. Homer & Edith Fuller Chambers Home (RTHL)
Jefferson St. Elizabeth Catholic Community
Karnes Czerner-Kowalik House (RTHL)
Kendall Wren Cemetery (HTC)
Lamar Culbertson Fountain
Lamar Origins of 1896 Paris Fire
Lamar First Federal Community Bank
Lampasas Smith Cemetery (HTC)
Lavaca Yoakum Community Hospital
Live Oak Weston-Chapa Cemetery (HTC)
Lubbock Harmon Farms
Lubbock Wolfforth Cemetery (HTC)
Lubbock Willie Lusk, Jr.
Marion Pyland African American Cemetery (HTC)
Matagorda Harmon Jerome McAllister
Matagorda James Henry Selkirk
Matagorda West Side Elementary
McLennan Pleasant Grove Cemetery (HTC)
McLennan Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and School of Gholson
Montague Nocona Cemetery (HTC)
Nacogdoches El Salto
Nacogdoches The Mansola Road of Nacogdoches
Nueces Roosevelt-Camacho Meeting
Nueces USS Lexington
Panola Fair Play Baptist Church
Red River Fairground Cemetery (HTC)
Runnels First Baptist Church
San Augustine Cotton Gin (RTHL)
Shelby Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Tarrant Downtown Arlington, Texas & Pacific Train Depot and Platform
Tarrant Kennedale United Methodist Church
Travis Lydia Street Fire Station
Travis Evergreen Cemetery (HTC)
Travis Willie Wells Home (RTHL)
Travis Broken Spoke
Travis Comanche Peak
Trinity Gibson Hotel
Upshur Concord Cemetery (HTC)
Van Zandt Myrtle Springs Cemetery (HTC)
Victoria William A. Wood Memorial School
Wheeler The Battle of Sweetwater Creek
Wheeler Glenn Truax
Wheeler Bill Mack
Wheeler Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels
Wichita Providence Baptist Church
Wichita Ralph Harvey, Jr.
Wichita Lloyd Ruby
Wood The Episcopal Church of St. Dunstan
Wood Dr. George Baber
Wood William Richard Phillips
Young John Conner