This is a list of Pennsylvania State Historical Markers which were first placed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1914 and are currently overseen by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) as part of its Historical Markers Program. Since the modern PHMC program began in 1946, there have been over 2,000 historical sites in all 67 Pennsylvania counties that are marked by an official Pennsylvania state historical marker.
The Historical Markers Program was authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when it created Pennsylvania Historical Commission (PHC), the precursor of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), through the Act of the General Assembly No. 777, on July 25, 1913. The PHC was empowered to mark by proper monuments, tablets, or markers, places or buildings within the Commonwealth where historical events transpired.
The earliest markers were bronze plaques often mounted on large stones gathered from the Pennsylvania countryside. Philadelphia architect Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945) designed later bronze plaques that included the state's coat of arms with text laid out within a rectangular double border. Starting in 1945, markers were cast of aluminum, used gold-colored text of raised characters on a deep blue background within a silver-colored frame, and were initially affixed to concrete posts, so as to be more easily seen by motorists alongside roads. Eventually smaller and narrower city markers were added for their better suitability in urban settings.
Listings of markers by countyEdit
The following are approximate tallies of current marker listings in Pennsylvania by county. These counts are based on entries in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's database as of August, 2020. There are yearly additions to the listings and some markers may be missing or stolen. (Approved markers)
Approved Markers for 2014Edit
- Fred Rogers, Latrobe
- St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Croatian Church, Pittsburgh
- Commercial Radium Production, Pittsburgh
- George W. Crawford, Emlenton, Venango County
- Ross Leffler School of Conservation, Brockway, Jefferson County
- Bryden Horse Shoe Works, Catasauqua, Lehigh County
- Byberry Hall, Philadelphia
- Old St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia
- Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia
- Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia
- John Barry, Philadelphia
- John J. McDermott, Philadelphia
- Leopold Stokowski, Philadelphia
- Muhammed's Temple of Islam#12, Philadelphia
- Thomas A. Edison High School Honorable 64, Philadelphia
- Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, Philadelphia
- Enos Benner, Marlborough Township, Montgomery County
- Frank Cooper Craighead, South Middleton Township, Cumberland County
- Humphrey Marshall, West Bradford Township, Chester County
- Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue, Sheppton, Schuylkill County
- Stuart Tank, Berwick, Columbia County
Approved Markers for 2015Edit
- American Institute of Mining Engineers - Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County
- Anthony Benezet - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- The Dennis Farm - Brooklyn Twp., Susquehanna County
- Devon Horse Show - Devon, Chester County
- Don't Give Up the Ship Battle Flag - Erie, Erie County
- Dr. Constantine Hering - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Eddie Adams - New Kensington, Westmoreland County
- Ethel Waters - Chester, Delaware County
- Maxfield Parrish - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Medical Library Association - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Mildred Scott Olmstead - Rose Valley, Delaware County
- Newport Citizens Free Captured Fugitive Slaves - Newport, Perry County
- Robertson Art Tile Company - Morrisville, Bucks County
- Samuel Roxy Rothafel - Forest City, Susquehanna County
- Sarah Josepha Hale - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Sigma Sound Studios - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Sullivan Progress Plaza - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Tatiana Proskouriakoff - Landsdowne, Delaware County
- Terminal Commerce Building - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- Westinghouse Gas Wells - Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
- William Penn Charter School - Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
- York Water Company - York, York County
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Pennsylvania
- ArcGIS Data of markers - 1910 - 2010
- "History of Pennsylvania State Historical Markers". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
- "Pennsylvania Historical Marker Program". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- First Report of The Historical Commission of Pennsylvania, 1915
- Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine, Volume XL, Number 4, Fall 2014, A Century of Marking History: 100 Years of the PA Historical Marker Program, by John K. Robinson and Karen Galle
- "PHMC Historical Markers Search" (Searchable database). Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
- Finkenbiner, Scott (December 10, 2019). "Pennsylvania Historical Markers".