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Historical Markers

The MLK Jr. in Grosse Pointe historical marker stands near a brick-and-stone building

Historical Markers

Commemorating Michigan history since 1955

The Michigan Historical Marker Program was established by the legislature and governor in 1955. Since then, more than 1,700 historical markers have been placed 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. It powerfully shows the importance a community places on its heritage and serves as a signpost 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.

Updated 01/20/2021

screenshot of historical markers map on tablet and mobile

Find a Marker

It’s easy just launch our map in your browser – you don’t need a special app.

  • Click on your current location or on a place you are planning to visit and find a marker. Michigan’s stories are waiting there for you!
  • You can also check out tours of markers associated with special themes, such as lighthouses, the Civil War and the Michigan Freedom Trail. Or pick a time period.
  • Under the List tab, you’ll find a database of all the markers. You can organize it by any column (just click on its name) or create your own word or location search.

A database this big is always a work in progress, so please contact us at MHCinfo@Michigan.gov if you see something we should change.

Find a Marker

Apply for a marker

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.