About Wisconsin State Historical Markers | Wisconsin Historical Society

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About Wisconsin State Historical Markers

About Wisconsin State Historical Markers | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargePhotograph of a young girl posing with the historic marker for the Jefferson Prairie Settlement

Jefferson Prairie Settlement Marker, 1952

View the original source document: WHI 35202

EnlargePhotograph of a gathering of people at the dedication of the historic marker for Marquette.

Marquette Historic Marker, 1957

View the original source document: WHI 123191

EnlargePhotograph of construction workers installing historic marker for Solomon Juneau House

Solomon Juneau House Marker, 1997

View the original source document: WHI 95863

Wisconsin State Historical Markers tell the stories about events, individuals, buildings, or sites of local, state, or national significance that contribute to our state's rich historical heritage. There are more than 590 official state markers in Wisconsin that carry approved historical inscriptions. Historical markers are an excellent educational tool, informing people about significant aspects of Wisconsin's past.

These permanent, outdoor plaques are located near the place where something significant occurred. Many of them are roadside markers.

The Wisconsin Historical Markers Program is administered by Local History-Field Services, Office of Programs and Outreach, Wisconsin Historical Society.

Official State of Wisconsin Markers are Easily Recognizable

Wisconsin's State Historical Markers are cast aluminum, have raised cream-colored letters on a tobacco brown background and feature the badger, the state symbol of Wisconsin, embossed at the top of the marker.


Is there a significant piece of history in your community that you would like to commemorate with a historic marker? Individuals, public agencies, or private organizations are encouraged to nominate historic properties, persons, and events for the Wisconsin Historical Markers.

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Fitzie Heimdahl
Historical Markers Program Coordinator