News for Immediate Release
Oct. 17, 2013
Historical and Museum Commission Calls for Historical Marker Nominations
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) invites individuals, public agencies
and private organizations to nominate historic properties or locations with statewide
or national significance for PHMC’s State Historical Marker Program.
markers chronicle the state’s notable people, places, events, and innovations.
The postmark deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2013.
State Historical Marker Program helps communities throughout Pennsylvania
recognize, preserve and promote their history. Since 1914, PHMC has been
marking Pennsylvania historical sites, first with bronze plaques and later with
blue and gold markers that dot streets and highways.
The more than 2,000 markers tell the stories of Native Americans
and early settlers, government and politics, athletes, entertainers, artists,
struggles for freedom and equality, factories, businesses and a multitude of
of markers approved in 2013 include the invention of the Banana Split in
Latrobe, Westmoreland County; Camp Elder, a detention area in Westtown Township,
Chester County, where paroled Civil War POWs were temporarily held by the Union
Army; Walter M. Golaski, who developed the first practical artificial blood
vessel that revolutionized vascular replacement surgery in Philadelphia; and
the Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Cresson Township, Cambria County, a state-run
facility for tuberculosis patients that represents Pennsylvania's leadership in
the prevention and treatment of TB in the U.S.
of the PHMC’s most visible public history initiatives, the marker program
brings together nominators, PHMC representatives and local residents to
dedicate and celebrate the installation of each new marker with a public
more information on the marker program or to download a nomination form, visit www.pahistoricalmarkers.com.
are responsible for the costs of marker fabrication and installation. The
approximate cost, including shipping, for the larger roadside marker is $1,875;
the smaller city-type is approximately $1,400. Nominators or sponsoring
organizations are asked to carefully consider these expenses before submitting
application deadline is Dec. 1, 2013. Send completed nominations to: State
Historical Marker Program, Bureau for Historic Preservation, PHMC, 400 North
St., Second Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
about submitting nominations for evaluation or the marker program in general
should be directed to Karen Galle, program coordinator, at the same postal
address; by e-mail to email@example.com; or by telephone
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official
history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. More information is
available at www.phmc.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Howard Pollman,