Historical Marker Committee


APPLICATION FORMS FOR 2022 OFFICIAL TEXAS HISTORICAL MARKERS
AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2022

The most visible signs of the work done by the Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC) are the distinctive metal markers dotted across the county.  Along with over 16,000 others throughout Texas, these remind us of the rich history of our state and serve as valuable aids for education and heritage tourism.  The markers 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, south of Driftwood.

The next window for applying for historical markers runs from March 1 to May 16, 2022, with application forms available in January 2022 on THC’s website, thc.texas.gov.  These forms provide instructions and details of the costs involved.

NOTE that applications must be approved by the HCHC before they can be submitted to THC, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible, ideally no later than April 30, 2022.  Email us at hayshistoricalcommission@gmail.com or call 512-393-2277.

The types of markers that can be applied for during this marker window are -

RECORDED TEXAS HISTORICAL LANDMARKS (RTHL)

These are awarded to buildings and structures judged to be historically and architecturally significant.  The buildings must be over 50 years old.  RTHLs may 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 (HTC).  This designation can be applied for at any time of year.  Such markers are helpful in preserving small family cemeteries dotted around the county.

According to THC, their staff recommends the following thematic priorities for 2022: Communications; Industry, Business and Commerce; and Natural Resources. Topics dealing with these themes will receive extra points when being scored.

Please note that the application period for 2022 Undertold Markers will be from October 1 to November 15, 2022.