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Arkansas Historical Marker Program Will Highlight History & Heritage

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, December 11, 2017

The Department of Arkansas Heritage is implementing a new program to assist communities in the placement of historical markers across the state, announced Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The markers must commemorate a historic person, place or event to be eligible, and significance must have been attained at least 50 years ago. Markers must be sponsored by civic groups and organizations, such as chambers of commerce, historical societies, or individuals partnering with these organizations.

“This initiative to help acknowledge and commemorate the people and places that have shaped Arkansas will be a tremendous way to help us remember who we are and where we’ve been,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “I am proud of the Department of Arkansas Heritage for offering this to communities, and I look forward to seeing the markers go up as I travel around our great state.”

The cost of the markers will be split 50/50 between the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the sponsoring organization. Currently, the total costs will be $1,850 for a one-sided marker or $1,950 for a two-sided marker, with a one-time maintenance fee of $200. A designated historical marker program review committee will have final approval on marker eligibility and text, and all markers will be manufactured by a vendor selected by the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Markers will have the approximate dimensions of 42 inches wide by 30 inches high on a 7-foot post.

A detailed description of the program and the application process is available here.

“I am very pleased that we are able to partner with cities and towns in this way,” said Hurst. “There are so many local stories that are a source of pride for residents and of great interest to the heritage tourist. My hope is that these signs will become a familiar sight around the state and they’ll help convey the compelling story of Arkansas.”