Participants Help Beautify Their Communities and Learn About Local History
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Volunteers across the U.S. can give back to their communities by participating in the third annual National Historic Marker Day on Friday, April 28.
National Historic Marker Day is a service-oriented event that encourages residents to help beautify their communities by cleaning historic markers and to learn about local history. Held each year on the last Friday of April, this fun and family-friendly celebration is open to everyone. In 2021, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Syracuse, N.Y., established National Historic Marker Day as a way for communities to celebrate, preserve and learn about history.
“Historic markers have an important role in communities such as educating the public, encouraging pride of place and promoting local tourism,” said Deryn Pomeroy, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Pomeroy Foundation. “But without the proper care and maintenance, markers will begin to deteriorate. National Historic Marker Day is an excellent opportunity to help keep markers in good condition so they can be enjoyed now and by future generations.”
Interested volunteers can learn more about the event and access free resources by going to the official National Historic Marker Day webpage on the Pomeroy Foundation website, wgpfoundation.org. The webpage offers a downloadable volunteer kit that includes a step-by-step guide to cleaning markers, information about how to plan your service project, lesson plans and kid-friendly activities for students, and tips for publicizing your volunteer efforts.
Participants can register to volunteer on the National Historic Marker Day webpage. Individuals and groups that officially register will have the opportunity to receive branded stickers, a cleaning cloth and cleaning brush while supplies last. In addition, registered volunteers will be eligible for service awards following National Historic Marker Day. Complete details are available at https://www.wgpfoundation.org/national-historic-marker-day/.
People engage with markers everywhere, from neighborhoods and parks to country roads and historic sites. According to The Historical Marker Database (HMdb.org), there are more than 174,000 markers in the U.S. To locate markers in your area, go to HMdb.org or visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s marker map at: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/map/. Volunteers should comply with their local safety and parking regulations, as well as seek permission when planning their marker cleaning project.
About the Pomeroy Foundation
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and working to improve the probability of finding appropriate donor matches or other life-saving treatments for blood cancer patients. Established by Trustee Bill Pomeroy in 2005 to bring together his two greatest passions, the Pomeroy Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization located in Syracuse, N.Y. As the nation’s leading funder of historic roadside markers, the Pomeroy Foundation has awarded more 2,000 grants for markers and bronze plaques in 48 states and Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Pomeroy Foundation, visit wgpfoundation.org.