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Signs of History
Managed By: Icon Here Sign Historians
Description:
You see them everywhere-on the sides of buildings, at waysides, bolted to rocks-outdoor signs that commemorate the history of an area. WARNING: There are already many historic marker categories restricted to geographic areas, particular subjects, or official lists. If the marker you are trying to Waymark fits in one of the existing categories, it is NOT allowed here. This category was conceived to fill the gaps these other categories miss. Click on "show additional information" before posting.
Expanded Description:

Find a sign that commemorates the history of an area. This needs to be a permanent sign that was placed by a government organization, church, university or social organization.

We are looking for signs with approximately 50 words that commemorate a bit of local history that occurred at or near the sign that teach the reader about it that cannot be waymarked in another existing historical marker category.

We are NOT looking for:
o Signs that are commercial in nature
o Signs that simply say "George Washington slept here 1785."
o Signs whose primary purpose is to state that a structure was placed on a National or State Register of Historic places without giving a significant description of the history behind the building
o Signs that give technical details of a structure (height, length, cost, materials used, construction duration) without also providing history
o Signs that teach about science or nature without giving the specific history of the subject

The following is a list of the other historical marker categories on Waymarking.com and what historical markers they allow or don't allow as far as we are able to determine (this is currently a work in progress):

United StatesRestrictions
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming Allow any credible historical marker
AlabamaAllows only those on the list
CaliforniaAllows only those on the list
ConnecticutAllows only those primarily placed by the historical commission.
DelawareAllows only those on the list
GeorgiaPlaques located on the Chickamauga National Battlefield (normally blue or red) in NW Georgia detailing the Battle of Chickamauga should be placed in the “Signs of History” category.
HawaiiAllows only those on the list (No list present)
IndianaAllows only those on the list
MarylandAllows only those on the list
MontanaAllows only outdoor roadside markers (older or newer styles)
NevadaAllows only those on the list
New HampshireAllows only those on the list
New JerseyAllows only markers from the New Jersey Historic Trust and New Jersey DOT (no online list - Waymarking.com is helping to create this list)
New YorkOnly official New York State Markers. Visit here for an explanation. Visit here for a animated map explanation.
North CarolinaAllows only those on the list
OhioAllows only those on the list
PennsylvaniaAllows only those on the list
TexasAllows only those on the list
TennesseeAllows only those on the list (You must search The Courier newsletter to find the markers)
Virginia (clarification)From the expanded description, "The waymark must be an official Virginia Historic Marker, erected by the authority of the state, a municipality, college, or similar authority. It should be along a highway, in a highway rest area, or some other similar setting." However, the group interprets this only as an official metal sign on a pole (usually white, green or bronze). Other types of plaques, kiosks, etc. will not be accepted in Virginia Historic Markers.
West VirginiaAllows only those on the list
WisconsinAllows only those on the list


CanadaRestrictions
Alberta, Manitoba and SaskatchewanAllow any credible historical marker
British ColumbiaAllows only British Columbia Heritage markers.
OntarioAllows only those on the 'search the database'link.
QuebecAllows only those on the list , list or listNOTE: Contains dead links, but I cannot update as I do not read French - Outspoken1]


InternationalRestrictions
Australian, France, Portugal, Norway, United KingdomAllow any credible historical marker


Instructions for Posting a Signs of History Waymark:
Please include the following in your waymark: - Naming convention: Please use the following naming convention: Title of sign - City, State/Province/Country. For example: The Steam Engine - Dallas, TX. If the sign does not have a clear title, then use a short (1-8 word) description of the main topic covered by the sign. If the sign is two-sided or otherwise has two titles, please include both in the waymark name separated by a / - Two quality pictures of the marker that you have personally taken: one a close-up (please make this your default photo) and one a distance shot showing the marker and its surroundings to assist visitors in finding it. Please do not include your GPSr or yourself in these two photos. Take and upload additional photos if you or your GPSr like to be on the web. Also, please photograph any existing structures or locations that are described on the sign (optional). - The text on the marker. - Coordinates obtained personally by you. If the sign is inside a building or other area where GPS signal is weak, then take the coordinates from a logical entrance and include a description of how to to get from the coordinates to the sign in your description. - Please try to find additional information about the event(s) on the sign and post this information or a web link to it.

NAMING: Please name your Waymark: Name - City, State/Province/Country.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Take a picture of the marker, preferably including yourself or your GPSr in the photo. A very detailed description of your visit may be substituted for a photo. In any case please provide a description of your visit. A description of only "Visited" or "Saw it while on vacation" by anyone other than the person creating the waymark may be deleted by the waymark owner or the category officers.
Category Settings:
  • Waymarks can be added to this category
  • New waymarks of this category are reviewed by the category group prior to being published
  • Category is visible in the directory
Variables:
  • Group that erected the marker
  • URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign
  • Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary
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SS116.7 km

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Signs of HistoryMunkebo bystævne - Munkebo, Denmark

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Her lå indtil 1797 Munkebo bystævne. Her mødtes gårdejerne i Munkebo for at løse tvivlsspørgsmål og planlægge gøremål for agerbruget. Oldermanden - et hverv, der gik på tur blandt gårdejerne - havde et horn og han kaldt til råd med et horn.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Klabautermanden

location: Denmark

date approved: 4/17/2022

last visited: never

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SS120.2 km

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Signs of HistoryKommunekontor - Odense, Denmark

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Denne bygning - Skibhusvej 142 - rummede Sct. Hans landdistrikts kommunekontor. Skibhuskvarterets eget "rådhus" dengang Sct. Hans landsogn var en selvstændig kommune.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Klabautermanden

location: Denmark

date approved: 2/19/2021

last visited: never

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SS154.5 km

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Signs of HistoryStiftelsen af 2den januar - Faaborg - Danmark

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Alderdomshjem for værdigt trængende...Retirement home for elderly, poor citizens

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Walking Boots

location: Denmark

date approved: 3/13/2020

last visited: never

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