Preservation

South Dakota Historical Markers

The historical marker program identifies historically significant buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. The markers are mounted signs, often located along the roadside, which contain information on the history of the resource. Markers spark further interest in local history and can call attention to historic preservation efforts. They are well-documented histories, easily accessible to the public and reflect the importance a community places on its heritage.

The responsibility for developing historical markers is shared by the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT), and local communities or historical societies. Individuals or organizations must have available funds to purchase it. 

Anyone desiring to place a historical marker should read the documents linked below. Questions may be directed to the historic preservation specialist assigned to the geographic location of the proposed marker. Click here to find contact information for the historic preservation specialists.

List of Official SD State Historical Society Markers

Overview of Historical Marker Program

Criteria for Historical Marker Approval

Historical Marker Policy

Historical Marker Prices

Application Form for Historical Marker (pdf)
Application Form for Historical Marker (Word)