The nationwide event is designed to encourage communities everywhere to help maintain their historic markers by cleaning and taking care of them, all while providing an opportunity to celebrate their important local history.
According to the Historical Marker Database, there are more than 138,000 historic markers in the United States. Many of them are in need of cleaning and maintenance. The Pomeroy Foundation, which provides grants for historic roadside markers and plaques, has created an easy-to-use cleaning guide video and PDF for National Historic Marker Day participants. To watch or download a copy, visit the Pomeroy Foundation website.
National Historic Marker Day participants are encouraged to share photos of their marker cleaning efforts on social media using #NationalMarkerDay as the unifying hashtag. Marker Day photos can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, May 4th, the Pomeroy Foundation will publish a photo gallery on Facebook and Twitter sharing some of the submitted photos.
For complete participation guidelines, visit the National Historic Marker Day webpage. If you need help finding a marker location, visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s marker map or the Historical Marker Database.
National Historic Marker Day will be held on the last Friday of every April.