Historical Marker Program

Applications for the KHS Historical Marker program are currently suspended.  While we are not accepting applications for new markers at this time, we continue to maintain existing markers and the Explore KYHistory app and website.  Explore KYHistory features stories and information representing many of the historical markers throughout the Commonwealth, and our staff adds to this database steadily and continually.

Since 1949, the Kentucky Historical Marker program has allowed communities across Kentucky to recognize and share the sites, events and personalities they consider to be important to local, regional, state or national history. To date, more than 2,400 markers help to illuminate Kentucky’s complex story.

To explore the current Historical Marker Database, click here.

Download our app Explore Kentucky History to find the locations of historical markers across the Commonwealth and enjoy tours and additional history content right from your smartphone or on your home PC at explorekyhistory.ky.gov.


Anyone can apply for a historical marker. Start the process by identifying a marker topic. Next, conduct research, interpret your findings and submit an application. An advisory committee reviews marker applications twice a year, and deadlines are March 1 or Sept. 1.

Please familiarize yourself with the Kentucky Highway Marker Style Guide. When developing text for the markers, KHS will follow these guidelines.

Download a Historical Marker Application

Frequently Asked Questions about our Historical Markers.


Report a damaged or missing marker.

We will be making some improvements to the process and this page over the coming months.

Send questions to Alli Robic, Community Engagement Coordinator, (502) 782-8115