NATIONAL HISTORIC MARKER DAY
Historic markers all across the nation provide a glimpse into the past and preserve history for future generations. On the last Friday in April each year, National Historic Marker Day invites volunteers and communities to come together to maintain their markers. Unfortunately, weather and time take their toll on these small monuments to history. By working together, we not only ensure these markers tell the stories to future generations, but we also take the opportunity to celebrate the history and culture they preserve.
Historic markers pop up all over the country. In fact, according to the Historical Marker Database, more than 157,000 historic markers preserve history across the United States. Look closely, and you will see them near significant natural formations, state and national trails, historic buildings and communities, and even cemeteries. They tell stories of cultural, national, and historical significance. They also remind us of the people who lived, worked, contributed, played, created, and survived in communities all across the country.
Many historic markers are neglected and in need of upkeep. National Historic Marker Day invites individuals and communities to come together to restore and preserve these glimpses into our culture and history.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL HISTORIC MARKER DAY
- Register your local or regional National Historic Marker Day event on the William G. Pomeroy Foundation website: wgpfoundation.org
- Volunteer to clean and preserve historic markers in your community.
- Share your event with others to showcase your progress and community spirit.
- Lead a fun educational activity to encourage student engagement with history.
- Join the conversation by using #NationalHistoricMarkerDay on social media.
- Follow the Pomeroy Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see photos from volunteers across the country.
NATIONAL HISTORIC MARKER DAY HISTORY
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation established National Historic Marker Day in 2021 to highlight the value historic markers bring to the entire country and encourage volunteers to help preserve them. More than three dozen volunteers across multiple states participated in the inaugural event. Volunteers were encouraged to take photos of their cleaning efforts and post them on social media. As the celebration’s creator and official host, the Pomeroy Foundation curated a photo gallery and shared it on social media.
In 2022, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Historic Marker Day to be observed annually on the last day in April.