You have probably seen the historical markers as you have traveled through the Hudson Valley and New York State (NYS currently has 970 of them the largest amount of any state). Did you know that you can nominate a place for a marker?

If you have an idea in mind, there are grants available that would pay for the marker as well. The 2020 grant submission period for these historical markers opened on July 31, 2020. The grant would cover the cost of the marker, the pole to support it and the shipping of the marker.

Who is eligible to apply for the grants? From a press release:

The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.

There are a few steps that you would need to take to make sure that your application has the supporting documents and the research submitted with the grant application. The final deadline for all of the documents is October 2, 2020.

This particular grant is only for markers in the following counties:

  • Columbia,
  • Delaware,
  • Greene,
  • Sullivan
  • Ulster
  • Albany,
  • Rensselaer,
  • Saratoga,
  • Schenectady
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Clinton,
  • Essex,
  • Franklin,
  • Hamilton
  • St. Lawrence

Where do you think there needs to be a historical marker? For more information about the application process or to see a listing by county of the current historical markers, click here.