Learn more about National Historic Marker Day: April 29th
National Historic Marker Day will take place this year on Friday, April 29. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation created this fun and family-friendly celebration in 2021 to bring people together to clean historic markers in their community, while helping to promote and preserve local history.
Markers educate the public, encourage pride of place, promote tourism and generate economic benefits. Despite their importance, many have not received ongoing care to maintain their luster. Road salt, pollen and other contaminants can take their toll. Markers must be regularly cleaned so they can be enjoyed now and for future generations. That’s where volunteers for National Historic Marker Day make a difference.
As the nation’s leading funder of roadside markers, the Pomeroy Foundation recognizes the important impact this annual community service event has on communities. According to The Historical Marker Database, there’s more than 156,000 markers installed throughout the United States. People everywhere stop to read historic markers, from roadsides and parks to historic sites or even their own neighborhood. Markers help to educate the public, encourage pride of place, promote tourism and generate economic benefits. On National Historic Marker Day, volunteers help to beautify their communities, while bringing greater attention to local history. Individuals as well as groups of all sizes are welcome to volunteer, including civic organizations, schools and youth groups, to name a few.
Visit the official National Historic Marker Day webpage for details about registering as a volunteer, planning a service project, training resources and videos for those who plan to clean markers, and the benefits of participating.