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Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission administers a program of historical markers to capture the stories of people, places, events, and innovations that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries.  More than 2,500 cast aluminum markers feature subjects such as Native Americans, early settlers, government and politics, athletes, entertainers, artists, struggles for freedom and equality, factories and businesses, and a multitude of other noteworthy topics. 

Nominations for historical markers may be submitted by any person or organization. New markers are approved and dedicated each year. Most markers are dedicated in public events featuring public officials, local historians, community representatives, and others. Each dedication presents opportunities for Pennsylvanians to celebrate and understand their heritage.

The historical marker policy was adopted on September 9, 2020.

Contact Information

To request use of images, report marker maintenance needs or for general inquiries, please send an email to ra-phmarkers@pa.gov

The mailing address is:

Historical Marker Program
Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Commonwealth Keystone Building, 2nd Floor
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0053

History

The fall 2014 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage magazine included an article about the 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program:
A Century of Marking History: 100 Years of the PA Historical Marker Program

Submission Notice

Please Note: By submitting materials with respect to state or federal historic preservation programs administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), you grant to the PHMC the rights to:

  • Use the materials for education and promotional purposes and to promote the mission of the PHMC;
  • Publish the materials on the PHMC Web site; and
  • Make the materials available to researchers and scholars.