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Indiana Historical Bureau

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Applying for an Indiana State Historical Marker

STEP ONE: Submit 1-page Intent to Apply form by April 30, 2015.

Download the 2015 Intent to Apply Form (State Form 54932).


The completed intent to apply form should be postmarked, faxed, or emailed to the attention of Casey Pfeiffer by 12 midnight EST.  Email Casey directly at cpfeiffer@history.in.gov.  Email submissions will also be accepted via ihb@history.in.gov.  Get our fax number and mailing address here. Indiana Historical Bureau will notify applicants about whether or not their topic meets program guidelines by May 22, 2015.

Note to previous applicants:  Intent to Apply filed on the 2014 form or submitted after midnight on April 30 will not be accepted.  Please download the new form linked above.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their forms as early as possible.  This will allow time for any incomplete or unclear submissions to be returned, corrected, and resubmitted before the deadline.

STEP TWO: Submit completed Application form by August 12, 2015.

If the Intent to Apply form is approved the applicant will be provided with the 2015 Application form.  Applications should be postmarked, faxed, or emailed to the attention of Casey Pfeiffer by 12 midnight EST.  Email Casey directly at cpfeiffer@history.in.gov.  Email submissions will also be accepted via ihb@history.in.gov.  Get our fax number and mailing address hereIndiana Historical Bureau will notify applicants about whether or not their topic was approved for research and installation in late fall 2015.

Before you proceed to the Intent to Apply form, please carefully read the directions below about applying for an Indiana State Historical Marker and follow the links to more specific information about Policies and Guidelines and Procedures regarding the Indiana State Historical Marker Program.

The IHB goal is to have approved 2015 application cycle historical markers ready to be ordered by April 2016.

Application limitations

  • Only one marker may be requested on an Intent to Apply form.
  • No applicant may submit more than one Intent to Apply form per marker cycle.

Application process overview

The application process for an Indiana State Historical Marker is rigorous to ensure that

  • marker texts are accurate and provide historical context (background),
  • markers are installed at appropriate sites, and
  • necessary permissions have been obtained.

The increasing popularity of the Indiana State Historical Marker Program has prompted a two-step application process.

  • In Step One, applicants must submit an Intent to Apply form by April 30, 2015. IHB will select the topics that best fulfill (1) Marker Program Guidelines for topics and for state and/or national significance and (2) IHB topic priorities for 2015 markers (see below).  Applicants will receive notice from the IHB by May 22, 2014, whether their topics have been chosen to proceed to the second step of the Application process.
  • Applicants approved to move to Step Two must submit to the IHB by August 12, 2015 a completed Application with all required attachments. Permission to proceed to Step Two and submit an Application does not guarantee that the Application will be successful.
  • IHB will carefully review every Application submitted; the number and quality of 2015 Applications submitted will be a factor in determining the number of Applications approved to move forward. The amount of time required for IHB to research each marker topic carefully and work with applicants to determine the marker text limits the number of Applications IHB can complete in a 12-month period and still fulfill other mandated responsibilities.
  • IHB performs much of the final research required for the marker; however, the applicant must provide reliable, locally-available primary source materials in a timely fashion. A successful marker application involves collaboration between IHB and marker applicants.

Topic Priorities for 2015 Markers

  • IHB, along with many historical organizations throughout the nation, is commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918).  IHB is giving priority to markers that relate in some way to Indiana's relationship to this conflict, or to World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.
  • IHB is also giving priority to topics relating to the history in Indiana of African Americans, American Indians, women, and other minority groups. These subject areas have been given priority for a variety of reasons:
    • their histories are not equitably represented in the current collection of Indiana State Historical Markers,
    • the current collection of markers generally does not provide perspectives of minorities.
    • Examples of standing markers that meet current criteria and priorities: Hannah Toliver, Benack's Village, Amanda Way, and Froebel School.

Cost of an Indiana State Historical Marker

An Indiana State Historical Marker for the 2015 application cycle will cost $2200. The applicant (an individual or an organization/institution) must raise the full cost of an Indiana State Historical Marker.

Need HELP?

If at any time during the process you have questions or need assistance, please contact

Casey Pfeiffer, Marker Program Manager
317-232-2535 or 317-233-8940
Email Casey