Historical Marker Committee


HISTORICAL MARKERS

TIME TO APPLY FOR 2021 HAYS COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS
Historical markers are visible reminders of the rich history of the state of Texas, serving as valuable aids for education and heritage tourism. These markers are the property of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) which began the program in 1962.
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The most visible signs of the work done by the Hays County Historical Commission are the distinctive metal markers dotted across the county.  They record the fascinating history of Hays County and are valuable aids for education and heritage tourism. They are the property of the Texas Historical Commission (THC)  which began the program in 1962.  Hays County has been awarded 154 of these markers. The first was for the Major Edward Burleson Homestead on Lime Kiln Road, San Marcos, dedicated on November 3, 1962.  The most recent is for the William B. Travis League.

At the present time, there are four types of markers.  A short summary follows:

UNDERTOLD MARKERS
These do not require full documentation at first, and may be applied for directly to THC or through the county historical commission.  They are intended to address historical gaps, promote diversity of topics and proactively document significant underrepresented subjects or untold stories.  They are paid for by non-refundable application fees levied on all other markers.  THC only awards about 15 undertold markers each year.  Hays County has been granted a total of four — Antioch Colony, Eddie Durham,  Jacob’s Well, and Alba Ranch.  This year’s undertold marker application forms will be available online at THC’s website on September 1, 2020, and should be submitted between November 1 and December 15, 2020.

RECORDED TEXAS HISTORICAL LANDMARKS (RTHL)
These are awarded to buildings and structures judged to be historically and architecturally significant.  They must be over 50 years old.  They help with the preservation of such buildings.

SUBJECT MARKERS
These deal with people and events rather than structures.  Most topics must date back 50 years, but historic events may be marked after 30 years.  Individuals may be mentioned 10 years after their deaths.

HISTORIC TEXAS CEMETERY MARKERS
In order to apply for a cemetery marker (basically a subject marker), a cemetery must first be designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery.  Such markers are helpful in preserving small family cemeteries dotted around the county.

The next application period for the RTHL and subject markers will be in the spring of 2021.  However, for anyone wishing to apply, now is a good time to begin collecting all the necessary documentation.

Full details about the marker program, including the costs involved, can be found at THC’s website  — thc.texas.gov