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Marker of the WeekThe Fundamental Orders of Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut
This compact was the first constitution in what became the United States of America. It was adopted this week in 1639 to govern the settlements that became the State of Connecticut. Contributing Editor Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut, filed this entry in 2012.
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Take a Tour of the DatabaseClick on the star button in the menu above. Repeat. Every time you click, you will be shown a different marker at random.
Approaching 100,000 Markers
99661* • The United States Life-Saving Service on Fire Island
Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California
99660* • The House of the Little Heads
J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico
99659* • Nicolás Bravo
J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico
* Provisional position. An earlier-submitted marker published later will increase this number. See Forum for details.
Markers Recently Added
|Today •||Little Shasta Congregational Church Montague, California|
|•||Lindsey Applegate Malin, Oregon|
|•||I.O.O.F. Hall Etna, California|
|•||Second Assistant Keeper's Dwelling Ponce Inlet, Florida|
|•||The United States Life-Saving Service on Fire Island Bay Shore, New York|
|Jan 16 •||The House of the Little Heads Puebla, Puebla, Mexico|
|•||Nicolás Bravo Puebla, Puebla, Mexico|
|•||The "Paseo Bravo" as a Civic Space Puebla, Puebla, Mexico|
|•||Summer House / Pavillon d'été Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|•||Lieut. Henry Edward Clonard Keating Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|•||Drinking Fountain / Fontaine d'eau potable Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|•||The building on this corner Downtown, Washington, DC|
|•||Across 23rd St. and Rock Creek Northwest Washington, Washington, DC|
|•||Hudson Townsite Oakes, North Dakota|
|•||George Washington Northwest Washington, Washington, DC|
|•||and more ...|
Most Viewed Markers This Year
|1 •||Haitian Monument Savannah, Georgia|
|2 •||The Quest for Land Winchester, Kentucky|
|3 •||Sightseeing / Cataract House, Cohoes Falls, N.Y. Cohoes, New York|
|4 •||Mercersville Mercersville, Maryland|
|5 •||Glen Lily Munfordville, Kentucky|
|6 •||Edward Coleman House Grass Valley, California|
|7 •||The Reverend John McMillan, D.D. Canonsburg, Pennsylvania|
|8 •||Edmund S. Lloyd Middletown, New York|
|9 •||Indians Poisoned At Peace Meeting West Point, Virginia|
|10 •||90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun Greenville, South Carolina|
History Happened HereNational and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark
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, 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.
Google Maps LinksMarkers in this database have links to Google maps
HINT: Click on the Satellite button in the upper right of the maps to switch to a satellite image of the ground at that location. Once you do that you may be able to zoom in further using the Plus and Minus buttons on the left side of the map.
Suggestions? Problems?We want to hear from you. Send a note to the editors.
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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,
You can add markers yourself. It's easy! Check marker submission guidelines, then click 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 CardsHMdb.org 3½" x 2" cards are now available.
Keep An Eye on Those MarkersEnter 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. 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
|Jan 16 •||Horticulture Hall, post-1945 Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|•||Slave Cemetery Mount Vernon, Virginia|
|Jan 15 •||Historic Indian Mary Park Merlin, Oregon|
|•||Halifax Citadel / La Citadelle d’Halifax Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|•||The Public Gardens Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Jan 14 •||Valley of the Rogue Applegate Trail Kiosk Gold Hill, Oregon|
|•||Here's The Catch Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia|
|Jan 13 •||Emigrant Trail Weed, California|
|•||Francis Tillou Nicholls Thibodaux, Louisiana|
|•||The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut|
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HMdb is Mobile-ReadyOn 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 button. Set up a shortcut now so you'll be ready next time you’re out.
There’s an app for that. There's our app (described elsewhere on this page) and there is Niantic’s “Field Trip” for iPhone and Android which 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.
Middle School History ProjectTeachers! Are you looking for a history project idea that will actively involve your students and their parents? Take a look at this historical marker passport project used by teachers in the Wilson NY School District for 7th and 8th grade students. Download the customizable two-page Microsoft Word document by clicking here.
HMdb Featured on BroadcastTed 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.
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.