Maintaining Historical Markers
The State of Georgia actively erected new historical markers from the early 1950s until the mid-1990s. During that time, approximately 2,000 markers were installed across our state. The busiest time for the program was during the 1950s in preparation for the centennial of the American Civil War. The result today is a large number of aging markers located in places that have seen enormous change since their initial installation. Many have sustained damage, and many others are no longer visible or accessible to those wishing to read them. GHS invites communities across the state to help us better assess and understand the maintenance needs of these historical resources.
Please note, due to recent funding cuts to the Georgia Historical Marker Program by the State of Georgia, the Georgia Historical Society may be unable to address immediate concerns related to marker maintenance. We appreciate your patience as we continue the work of coordinating the upkeep of our state’s markers.
Report a Missing or Damaged Marker
Since taking the lead on coordinating the maintenance of these older markers, it has been the goal of the Georgia Historical Society to do everything possible to care for these aging historical resources. While limited in our ability to repair or replace every one of the many markers needing attention, our interest in documenting the condition and needs of the markers and trying to find workable solutions to these issues is constant. To that end, we invite Georgians to contact us with information on damage to and theft of these markers, and also with concerns over marker locations. Please use the form found here to report marker concerns.
Marker Cleaning Guide
The Georgia Historical Society welcomes the help of individuals and community partners with maintaining our state’s historical markers. Whether you wish to “adopt” a historical marker or simply clean the marker, we appreciate your help. To learn best practices for cleaning a historical marker, please follow this link to view our Comprehensive Cleaning Guide.
For inquiries about adopting historical markers or becoming a community partner, please contact Sabrina Saturday at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912.651.2125 ext. 122.
For questions regarding new historical markers and the application process, please contact Sabrina Saturday at email@example.com or 912.651.2125 ext. 122.
It is the policy of the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) to encourage applications for new markers on a wide variety of topics and to refrain from removing or reinterpreting markers erected through the GHS program (started in 1998) once they are installed. As the non-profit institution authorized by a private-public partnership to maintain with limited funding over 2,100 historical markers erected by the State of Georgia prior to 1998, GHS applies its policy stated above to the state markers under its care and encourages applications for new markers that will help us tell the full story of Georgia’s history.