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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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Marker of the Week
Nat Turner’s Insurrection Boykins, Virginia

Nat Turner’s Insurrection marker imageThe revolt occurred this week in 1831. He believed he was chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery. It was brutally suppressed. Nat Turner’s story is the subject of a new motion picture The Birth of a Nation due out this fall. This marker was filed by prolific Contributing Correspondent Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland in 2009.
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Markers Recently Added
Today •Chester A. Arthur Hoosick, New York
Early Tavern Hoosick, New York
Site of First Hoosick Baptist Church Hoosick, New York
7 West Main Street Wilmington, Vermont
Lyman House Wilmington, Vermont
The Granite State Rumney, New Hampshire
Geological History of the Polar Caves Rumney, New Hampshire
Park History Rumney, New Hampshire
Quinten E. Mulleavey Lincoln, New Hampshire
Clark's Bridge Lincoln, New Hampshire
Huffman Dam Fairborn, Ohio
Indian Boundary Line Ridgeville, Indiana
Knowlton Moore Memorial Playground Essex, Massachusetts
Herbert Goodhue War Memorial Essex, Massachusetts
Shipbuilders Memorial Essex, Massachusetts
and more ...
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Most Viewed Markers This Year

1 •Martha Jane Burke Deadwood, South Dakota
2 •Penateka Comanches Kerrville, Texas
3 •Geographic Center of Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee
4 •Aunt Betty's Story Brightwood, Washington, DC
5 •Colonel William C. Young Newcastle, Texas
6 •Washington’s Southern Tour Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7 •Cherokee Indian Reservation / (Leaving) Cherokee Reservation Cherokee, North Carolina
8 •The Lynching Of Willie Earle Greenville, South Carolina
9 •Building the Batchellerville Bridge Edinburg, New York
10 •Agua Fria Agua Fria Village, New Mexico
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History Happened Here
National and global events all happened some­where, and historical markers mark
Frontiersman, soldier, writer, astronaut
Frontiersman, Soldier,
Writer, Astronaut
the place where many occurred. But the richness of history is in its local details, details that can be insignificant on the global stage: the home of an in­di­vi­dual who made a dif­fe­rence; a natural feature, building, byway; or just some­thing in­te­res­ting that happened nearby. History is not just about the high and mighty.
 
Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles,
Generals Captured in their union suits, literaly!
Generals Captured in their
Union Suits, Literally!
massacres and hangings; of hu­ma­ni­ta­rians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.
 
There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fas­ci­na­ting, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.
 
So hit the road and experience history first-hand yourself. History happened nearby.
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Markers in this database have links to Google maps
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pinpointing their location.
 
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Are You A Collector?

Do you collect historical markers? Would you like to start? If you’re a collector, or want to get started,
Clara Barton marker
Clara Barton,
Steamboat Gothic Aficionado
consider uploading your discoveries to this site. Even if someone else beat you to the submission, you can still add a fresh photo, better directions, or some additional insight into the subject described. What do you get in return? We’ll credit each submission by publishing your name and town on that page, unless, of course, you wish to remain anonymous.

You can add markers yourself. It's easy! Check marker submission guidelines, then click Add A Marker to get started. Adding photos, links and commentary is just as easy: go the marker's page and click on the links at the top or bottom of the page.
HMdb.org Cards
HMdb.org 3½" x 2" cards are now available.
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We’ll mail contributors a dozen or more at no charge. Simply send a note to the editor with a mailing address and state how many you would like. Sign one and put it in your wallet to show you are a contributor to HMdb.org. It might come in handy when someone asks you what you’re doing next to a government installation with a camera. Hand the rest out to friends and curious bystanders. Your note will be discarded after the envelope is addressed.
Keep An Eye on Those Markers
Enter your town in the Search by Place search box on the More Search Options (or use the County list) to get a list of markers near where you live and work. image showing marker pole without a marker Keep an eye out for them when you're out on the road. You would be surprised how many disappear in the course of a year.

To report a missing marker, use the “Correct This Page” link on the marker’s page and scroll down to the “Is Marker Missing?” section. A photo of the stump, hole in the ground, or place where the marker was is necessary for proof. Also, please take a few minutes and inform your local historical society.

Recently Modified Marker Entries

Today •54th Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
53rd Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
52nd Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
49th Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
Jenkins - Dunham - Burdine World War II Veterans Memorial Jenkins, Kentucky
47th Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
46th Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
41st Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
40th Ohio Infantry. Chattanooga, Tennessee
38th Ohio Infantry Chattanooga, Tennessee
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HMdb is Mobile-Ready

On your cell phone’s browser. Want to know what that marker you just passed said? Fire up this website on your phone’s browser and hit the Near You button. Set up a shortcut now so you'll be ready next time you’re out.
 
There’s an app for that. Niantic’s “Field Trip” for iPhone and Android has tapped the Historical Marker Database as one of its Historic Places sources. Drive or walk past a historical marker and the application will show you a “card” with the text and photos from this website. It will read the text outloud to you if you configure it right. It is available for download at no charge. More info at fieldtripper.com.
 
In your GPS unit. Does your GPS device support GPX files? You can download the locations of historical markers into your GPS unit with these files. Push the right buttons and your GPS will tell you when a marker is near; or tell you how to get to them. Some units will also display the text of the marker. GPX Download index. Or get a TomTom POI file.

HMdb Featured on Broadcast

Ted Landphair does two-minute stories on Americana for Voice of America radio, broadcast at various times over VOA’s English language service. Listen to this one, first broadcast February 20, 2008, entitled “Lots More People Can Now Read Those Roadside Signs.” Here is the transcript.
 
NOTICE
Do you have some history that you want to publish on the Internet? HMdb.org can provide hosting space at HistoryArchives.org at no charge. What you want to publish does not have to be related to a historical marker. For more information, contact an editor.

 
* Pardon our Dust! Until we're done, some pages will be new, bright and shiny, like this one. Others will be in the old, tired format that may not fit on your screen. We're working make each page display correctly on any size screen, small or large. If you run into any trouble or have a suggestion, please send a note to the editor.
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