National Historic Marker Day

Celebrate Local History and Beautify Your Community

People everywhere enjoy historic markers, from roadsides and parks to historic sites or even their own neighborhoods. According to The Historical Marker Database, there’s more than 160,000 markers in the United States, but many have not received cleaning or care for years.

That’s where National Historic Marker Day steps in! This service-oriented event brings people and communities together to maintain their markers by cleaning them and providing an opportunity to celebrate and preserve history. Created by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, this fun and family-friendly celebration is held the last Friday of every April.

We invite you to volunteer for the third annual National Historic Marker Day next year on Friday, April 28, 2023. All are welcome! Scroll down for participation details.

Visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s interactive marker map or The Historical Marker Database to locate markers in your area.

How to Volunteer for National Historic Marker Day

Register to Volunteer

Make your volunteer efforts official! Individuals, families, groups and organizations that plan to participate are encouraged to register as volunteers on the Pomeroy Foundation website.

A volunteer registration link will be available on this page ahead of next year’s celebration.

Plan Your Project

Getting ready for National Historic Marker Day 2023? Download our volunteer kit. Inside you will access a planning document, marker cleaning guide, lesson plans, kid-friendly activity ideas, and tips for publicizing your project.

Download the Volunteer Kit

Participation Benefits

As a ‘thank you’, registered National Historic Marker Day volunteers will be featured on our acknowledgments page, receive print and digital “I Cleaned A Marker” stickers, and are eligible for a special giveaway.

Meet the 2022 Volunteers

Share Your National Historic Marker Day Photos

Participants are encouraged to share photos of their marker cleaning efforts on social media using #NationalHistoricMarkerDay. You may also email your photos directly to us at info@wgpfoundation.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event updates and photos from volunteers!

Watch our video guide below about how to properly clean historic markers.