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Application Process for State Historical Markers


Part 1: Application

Step 1. Understand the Applicant Responsibilities

The Florida Historical Marker applicant must:

  1. Research the resource to determine historical significance (or designate someone to do so).
  2. Provide a suggested marker text.
  3. Obtain property owner's permission to place a marker at the proposed marker location.
  4. Complete and submit the marker application and supporting documents.
  5. Purchase the marker.
  6. Arrange for installation of the marker.

Step 2: Make Sure Your Resource Meets the Criteria

Please see the program Overview page for full marker criteria.

Step 3. Collect Required Application Information

Make sure you have all the required information collected before beginning the markers application. You will be able to save and come back to the application at any time, but collecting the information in advance will make the process smoother.

Use the checklists found on the Help & Checklist page to collect your information.

Step 4: Complete and Submit the Application

There are two parts to the Historical Markers application.

1. Application

The application is available at flheritage.com/preservation/markers/online/. When you begin the application , the system will email you an access code that you can use if you want to save and come back to your application at a later time.

We recommend that you prepare your marker text in an external tool (such as Microsoft Word) and copy and paste it into the application form.

Application Package

The application package is the portion of your historical markers application that must be mailed. It will consist of:

1. SIGNATURE PAGE

After your application is submitted, you must print a signature page. This signature page must be signed by the resource owner or their official representative. The application will not be complete and ready for review until we receive the signature page.

2. ATTACHMENTS

Please review the Checklist: Attachments Needed for a Historical Markers Application section on the Help page.

MAILING INSTRUCTIONS

Mail your application package to the following address:

Michael Zimny
State Historical Marker Coordinator
850.245.6333
Michael.Zimny@DOS.MyFlorida.com

Division of Historical Resources
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street, Room 422
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250


PART 2: REVIEW AND APPROVAL

Marker applications are reviewed by the State Historical Marker Council, an appointed committee of three preservation experts from around the state.

Review meetings are conducted in March, June, September and December via conference call. During each review meeting, up to 12 historical marker applications will be evaluated. No more than four applications from a single applicant will be reviewed in a meeting.

Marker applications do not have a fixed deadline; however, applications must be received at least one month before the meeting at which they will be reviewed. Applications received within the month before a scheduled meeting will not be reviewed until the following meeting.

Finalization/Approval of Marker Text

The marker council members may recommend changes to the proposed marker text. After the meeting, Bureau of Historic Preservation staff will communicate all changes or requests for further information to the applicant and coordinate the finalization of the marker text.

All marker text must be finalized within one year of the marker council meeting. Applications with marker text not finalized will expire after one year and must be resubmitted.

PART 3: MANUFACTURING AND INSTALLATION

Marker Costs

The costs of manufacturing and installing the marker are the responsibility of the marker sponsor.

Once the marker application is approved by the Marker Council and the text has been finalized, the State Historical Marker Coordinator will order the marker from the manufacturer. The manufacturer will bill the applicant for the marker after it is manufactured.

The current marker costs are:

  • $2,230 for a single-sided marker (same text on the front and back sides)
  • $2,550 for a double-sided marker (different text on the front and back sides)

Both prices include the sign, post, and shipping. Costs may change, so be sure to verify current costs when your text is finalized.

Marker production usually takes 6–8 weeks after the finalized text is submitted to the manufacturer. Markers must be shipped to a business address.

Marker Grants

Applicants may apply for matching historic preservation grants from the Division to defray half the cost of the marker. However, markers must be approved before you can apply for a matching grant. For more information, contact the Bureau of Historic Preservation's Grants section at 800.847.7278, visit http://flheritage.com/grants/ or email BHPgrants@DOS.MyFlorida.com

Marker Installation

The applicant is responsible for installing the marker. For questions regarding marker installation, contact the marker manufacturer, Sewah Studios.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Michael Zimny
State Historical Marker Coordinator
850.245.6333
Michael.Zimny@DOS.MyFlorida.com

Division of Historical Resources
Bureau of Historic Preservation
R.A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough Street, Room 422
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250