The Ohio Historical Markers program, begun in the 1950s, encompasses 1,479 unique markers that tell the state's history as written by its communities. Markers are erected by local community sponsors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and describe the people, places, things, and events of Ohio's past. Between 20 and 30 new markers are completed each year.
A local sponsor, usually a historical society, civic organization, or local government, submits an application for a marker to the Local History Office. The sponsor is responsible for the cost of marker production, marker installation, and ongoing maintenance/upkeep of the marker after it is installed. The Local History Office confirms the historical significance of the subject, ensures the marker text is historically accurate, and collaborates with the local sponsor to finalize the text as it will appear on the marker.
With funding from Ohio's bicentennial celebration (2003), the Ohio History Connection established the "Historical Markers Grant Program" in 2006. This competitive, matching grant program defrays the cost of markers with grants of up to $750. Applicants may apply for a marker independent of the grant program.
OHS's Local History Office also administers Ohio's Corporate Limit Marker program. Corporate Limit Markers are Ohio-shaped signs posted at village and city limits that relate a historical fact about the community one is about to enter.
We now have a new grant program available for markers in Northwest Ohio! The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is now offering grants for Ohio Historical Markers and Ohio Corporate Limit Markers in Erie, Huron, and Seneca Counties. The first deadline is November 12, 2014. Find more information here or contact Andy Verhoff.
All markers are made by Sewah Studios in Marietta.
Visit Remarkable Ohio for an up-to-date list of all Ohio Historical Markers, a downloadable marker application, marker price list, and information about the markers grant program.