Applying for a New Historical Marker
The Georgia Historical Society erects new historical markers each year, working in partnership with community organizations, municipalities, and businesses.
Learn about the Georgia Historical Marker Program application review process and how to submit your application.
The process for obtaining a new historical marker is competitive and requires the submission of application materials.
For more information about applying for a historical marker, program guidelines, costs, and other frequently asked questions, please read below.
Developing Your Historical Marker Application
All historical marker applications are due to the Georgia Historical Society by July 1st each year. Applications are then reviewed by the independent Historical Marker Review Committee at their annual meeting in late summer. Applications will not be reviewed at any other point during the year. Applicants will be informed in writing of the Committee’s decision by the end of August each year. Results will not be given over the phone.
The Marker Application Checklist below outlines all requirements for submitting a historical marker application. Those requirements include a signed easement from the property owner(s) of the proposed marker site, a signed agreement from the sponsoring organization(s), images of the subject of the marker and of the proposed installation site, completed documentation worksheet, and research paper.
- Completed documentation worksheet
- Completed research paper with citations (see examples below)
- Bibliography of sources consulted for the research paper
- Supporting images of nomination
- City or county map of proposed marker site
- DOT approval letter, if applicable
- Sponsor Agreement(s) and Property Owner Easement – (can not be substituted with city/county resolution or letter of support)
All applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss all potential marker projects with GHS staff. The application process can be lengthy and experience has shown that the more contact the applicant has with GHS, and the more they are able to work together early in the process to refine the application, the better chance the application has for success.
To start the application process please visit our online Georgia Historical Marker Program Marker Application. Please note the application is only available from January 1 – July 1 of each year.
The deadline to submit a draft of the research paper and documentation worksheet for review is May 1, with basic feedback provided by June 1. Please note the submission of a draft does not guarantee approval.
The provided research papers are examples of well-rounded narratives from previously approved marker applications. We suggest applicants review and include a number of both primary and secondary sources in their research, as using a variety of sources often results in a stronger understanding of the application subject by both the applicant and the Committee. Applicants are encouraged to email a copy of their research paper to GHS staff for basic feedback prior to May 1.
For questions regarding new historical markers and the application process, please contact Breana James, the Historical Marker and Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 912.651.2125 ext. 122.