Apply for a Historical Marker

*This year's 2020 marker application period closed June 15th, 2020. Approved 2020 marker topics are listed below at the bottom of this webpage.

Next year's 2021 marker application period will open March 1st - May 15th,2021.

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. 

 
 
 

Below are samples of the previous year's marker applications which will be similar to the 2021 marker applications. New applications will be available in Word doc and pdf format starting in January 2021:

  •  Subject Marker Application (Sample PDF
  •  Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) Application (Sample PDF
  •  Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) Marker Application (Sample PDF

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. 2021 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 15th, 2021.

 

 

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)

2020 Historical Markers Program Work Plan (PDF)

2021 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 approved 2020 Marker Topics are:

County Topic

Angelina

Keltys United Methodist Church

Atascosa

Gates Valley Community

Austin

St. John Lutheran Church

Bell

Carpenter Cemetery (HTC)

Bandera

River Oaks Courts (RTHL)

Brown

Emanuel Chapel United Methodist Church

Brown

Pleasant Valley Cemetery (HTC)

Burleson

Dabney Hill Freedom Colony

Bexar

G.J. Sutton

Brazos

Earl Graham Post 159

Brazos

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Cameron

Fernández-Champion-García-Warburton House (RTHL)

Cameron

Callandret Colored School

Cameron

Casimiro Tamayo Building (RTHL)

Cameron

J.L. Putegnat & Bro. Building (RTHL)

Cameron

La Esperanza Plantation Bridge (RTHL)

Cameron

Lily Spivey & William A. Rasco House (RTHL)

Chambers

Victoria Walker Elementary School

Calhoun

Chocolate Community

Comal

Julius Bremer Family and Rebecca Creek School

Comal

Kopplin-Leitch House (RTHL)

Comal

New Braunfels Gemischter Chor Harmonie

Comanche

Old DeLeon Cemetery (HTC)

Cooke

Thadd Blanton, Doolittle Raider

Collin

First Baptist Church of Lavon

Collin

Brinlee Cemetery (HTC)

Collin

Princeton Cemetery (HTC)

Dallas

Bennett Family Gardens (HTC)

Dallas

Dr. Marcellus Clayton Cooper

Dallas

Anderson Bonner Park

Dallas

1910 Mob Attack and Lynching of Allen Brooks

Dallas

White Rock Cemetery (HTC)

Dallas

CCC Company 850

Denton

David Gregory Fox Jr.

El Paso

William Ward Turney & Iva Guthrie Turney

El Paso

Palmore Business College

El Paso

Bowie High School

Fort Bend

Holy Family Catholic Church

Fayette

Cistern Public Cemetery (HTC)

Galveston

Adolph and Regina Frenkel House (RTHL)

Galveston

Max Faget Home and Workshop (RTHL)

Goliad

Singer Cemetery (HTC)

Gillespie

Krieger-Geyer House (RTHL)

Grimes

Washington Avenue

Grimes

Plantersville High School

Grimes

Freedman’s Town in Navasota

Henderson

Mt. Olive CME Church

Henderson

Eustace

Hemphill

Glazier Calaboose (RTHL)

Hidalgo

Weslaco Founders’ House (RTHL)

Hill

Bethlehem Cemetery (HTC)

Hall

Hulver Cemetery (HTC)

Harris

Goose Creek School Community No. 9

Harris

Gaillard-Mitchell Cemetery (HTC)

Harris

City of Pelly

Harris

James D. Burrus Elementary

Harris

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Harris

Dr. Thomas F. Freeman

Hays

William B. Travis League #15 Survey

Jefferson

The Methodist Church in China, TX

Jefferson

William G. (Bill) Hall

Karnes

First Baptist Church of Kenedy

King

6666 (Four Sixes) Ranch

Kendall

The Camino Real de San Saba (Camino Viejo) in Kendall County

Kerr

Garrett Insurance Agency, Inc.

Kerr

Live Oak Ranch

Liberty

William C. Abbott

Liberty

Lovett House (RTHL)

Liberty

Liberty County Bank/Zbranek Building (RTHL)

Lavaca

Dr. Frank M. Wagner M.D. Medical Practice

Live Oak

Live Oak County Courthouse (RTHL)

Live Oak

George West Cemetery (HTC)

Lampasas

Straley Cemetery (HTC)

Lampasas

Lampasas City Hall (RTHL)

Leon

Braniff International Airways Flight 542

Lamar

First Coca-Cola Served in Texas

Limestone

Dr. Josiah T. Sloan

Limestone

Washington High School

Lubbock

The 1970 Lubbock Tornado

Lubbock

The Fujita Scale

Lubbock

Home Management House (RTHL)

Lubbock

Greater St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church

Matagorda

James Wilmer Dallam

Matagorda

Linnie Roberts Elementary School (RTHL)

Milam

Lawrence-Hubert House (RTHL)

Milam

San Gabriel Baptist Church

Milam

Worley Bridge (RTHL)

Nueces

Reuben Holbein

Newton

Biloxi Evergreen Cemetery (HTC)

Ochiltree

Notla Community

Parker

White’s Funeral Home

Parker

The Hill Gang

Randall

Lucille Nance-Jones

Randall

“Roof with Snow” / Kimbrough House (RTHL)

Rockwall

Historic Calaboose/Old Jail (RTHL)

San Saba

Edwards-Smith-Ashley House (RTHL)

Stephens

Sam Bass and Gang in Stephens County

Shackelford

Alice Reynolds

Shackelford

Berta Hart Nance

Smith

Mason Cemetery (HTC)

Tarrant

Goforth Cemetery (HTC)

Tarrant

SP4 Robert David Law, US Army

Tarrant

Lake Como Cemetery (HTC)

Tarrant

Clota Terrell Boykin House (RTHL)

Titus

Talco Cemetery (HTC)

Travis

The Children’s Haven Association

Travis

L. C. Anderson High School Yellow Jacket Stadium

Wharton

First Presbyterian Church of El Campo

Wharton

Old Jerusalem Cemetery (HTC)

Wharton

Wharton Hispanic Cemetery (HTC)

Wharton

Newgulf Campo Santo (HTC)

Wharton

Wharton Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

Williamson

Daniel (Dan’l) J. Moody

Wilson

Phillip John Burrow

Wilson

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs

Wilson

Ella Ware, M.D.

Wise

The Capture of Willie and Bud Ball/Battle at Ball Ranch

Wise

Glass Manufacturing in Wise County

Young

1921 Young County Jail (RTHL)