DALLAS COUNTY PROVIDING FUNDING FOR
To help encourage the acknowledgement and preservation of key aspects of Dallas County's history, the Dallas County Historical Commission is providing funding for up to two State-approved historical markers this Fall.
The Commission is providing this funding because it is important that all portions of history be remembered and because it is thought that the cost of a State Historical 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 50%, up to $550, of the cost of a Texas Historical Marker if the selected marker deals with a cultural aspect of Dallas County history that has previously been under-recognized.
Photo courtesy of John Wiley Price
The application forms, instructions, and policies for this program follow below. To be considered for funding, interested individuals and organizations must electronically submit a funding application, along with the application for a State Historical Marker, to Rick Loessberg, the County's Director of Planning and Development, by November 1, 2016.
Mr. Loessberg's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. He is also available at (214) 653-7601 to answer questions about the program.
Dallas County Marker Funding Guidelines
Dallas County Marker Funding Application
Dallas County Marker Funding Evaluation Policies
HISTORICAL COMMISSION DEVELOPS BROCHURE OF LOCAL HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS
The Dallas area is fortunate to have a large number of history organizations and museums. However, because there are so many, knowing about all of them is not always easy. So that the community can more quickly obtain information about the history resources that are available, the Dallas County Historical Commission has developed a brochure with website information for almost forty history organizations and museums located within the County.
This brochure can be accessed through the following link:
A Guide to Local Historical Organizations and Museums
Organizations wishing to be included in this brochure should contact Rick Loessberg, the County's Director of Planning and Development, at: rloessberg@ dallascounty.org.
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.