About the Michigan Historical Marker Program

Michigan's First Capitol marker closeup also shows nearby buildings, Stevens T Mason bronze statue


The Michigan Historical Marker Program was established by the legislature and governor in 1955, years before others. Since then, more than 1,700 have been placed all across the state—and in several other states and Europe—making Michigan's one of the premier marker programs in the nation.

Each marker reflects an important story of a place, an event or a person. They powerfully show the importance a community places on its heritage and serve as signposts of historical significance. A marker dedication ceremony is an event of commemoration and even celebration that introduces a lasting resource for tourism, education and community heritage.

We welcome your interest in becoming part of this vital effort to preserve and promote Michigan's rich heritage.

The Michigan Historical Commission and staff of the Michigan History Center apply rigorous scholarship and research to ensure that each marker best represents the story it needs to tell. Sponsors raise funds for the manufacture and installation of the markers. Here, the marker at Capitol Park in Detroit celebrates the territorial capitol that became Michigan's first State Capitol.

Interested in telling a story with a Michigan Historical Marker? Please see How to Apply for a Michigan Historical Marker.

Updated 10/26/2015