DALLAS COUNTY TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR
To help encourage the designation and preservation of key aspects of Dallas County's history, the Dallas County Historical Commission will provide funding for up to two State-approved historical markers this Fall.
The Commission is providing this funding because there are many significant elements of the County's history that have not been acknowledged to the same degree as other areas (for instance, only about ten percent of the 374 markers in the County involve elements of Hispanic, Asian, and African-American history, and there are still several cities in the County without a State marker) and because it is thought that the cost of a State marker ($1000-$2000) may discourage many individuals and groups from pursuing such designation.
Photo courtesy of Dallas Mexican American Historical League
Under the County's new program, the County will provide $500 (i.e., one-half of the funding for the small version of the State's subject marker, cemetery marker, or Recorded Texas Historic Landmark marker) if the selected marker deals with an aspect of Dallas County history that has previously been under-recognized.
Individuals and groups that are interested in receiving this funding will apply at the same time that they submit their application for a State marker to the Commission later this Fall. General information about the County's marker funding program follows below. The County's Director of Planning & Development is available at (214) 653-7601 to discuss this general information. More specific information, including the application form associated with the program and the schedule for submitting requests for funding, will be provided later.
Dallas County Marker Funding Guidelines
REVIEWING STATE HISTORICAL MARKERS
The Dallas County Historical Commission serves as the first level of review for State historical markers. A marker application must be recommended for approval by the County's Historical Commission before it can be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission for consideration.
Marker applications can be submitted to the County to commemorate a historic site, neighborhood, structure, institution, church, cemetery, event or person. The State prescribes when marker applications can be submitted; they usually only can be submitted from September 1-November 15 of each year. The State typically sets the schedule around August.
Examples of marker applications that have been submitted over the past several years and that have been recommended to the State for approval by the Commission are as follows:
Information about all of the existing State historical markers in Dallas County, as well as information about the area's historic cemetaries and National Register properties, is available from the Texas Historical Commission at the "Atlas" feature on its website.
Procedures, policies and costs for historical markers are determined by the Texas Historical Commission and included with the application. For more information about Texas Historical Commission Designations, Historical Marker guidelines, and applications, click here.