WHO DECIDES A MARKER CAN BE CREATED?
The Wisconsin Historical Markers Program is
part of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. A coordinator
helps manage the program and helps anyone wanting to know more about
A person or group of people can recommend
that a new marker be put up by filling out the Wisconsin Historical
Markers Application form. The form is several pages long and asks
questions like ---
What will be the name of the site?
Where will it be located?
What type and size of marker should be put
at the site?
Who is going to pay for the marker?
Who is going to take care of the marker and
the marker site?
Why is this site significant? All facts
about the marker site must be documented to make sure the site is
significant enough to become an official state marker. A list of the
references used to document the history of the marker subject must be
What should the marker text say? (150 words
for large marker, 80 words for medium, and 40 words for a small
The completed application is sent to the
State Historical Society of Wisconsin. The Historical Markers Program
Coordinator reviews the application. New applications are reviewed
every three months by historians, archaeologists, preservationists
and other professionals at the State Historical Society. Sometimes
experts are consulted and more information is gathered.
The process of completing the forms,
finalizing the text and ordering the marker sometimes takes twelve
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