Historical Marker Maintenance Endowment Fund

The North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the non-profit North Carolina Literary and Historical Association to establish a historical marker maintenance endowment fund.

For more than 85 years, the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program has erected markers along the state’s roads to mark locations of events and people of statewide historical significance. When markers are damaged by collisions or severe weather, the cost to repair them can be high. In fact, in recent years the marker program spends on average one-third to one-half of its available annual budget on these kinds of maintenance needs.

The maintenance endowment campaign will allow the public to make financial contributions of any amount to support the maintenance or repair of existing highway historical markers. These donations will not support or influence the selection of new highway markers. Donations are made directly to the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, which will hold the maintenance endowment fund.

The first fundraising effort will be a targeting giving campaign that will run for the month of April 2021. 

Funds raised at this time will support the following package of three markers:

  • ELLA BAKER (E-120)  Halifax Co.
  • TORHUNTA (F-38)  Wayne Co.
  • SQUIRE & SARAH BOONE (M-3)  Davie Co.

The total needed for the three markers is $4,920. Any donations collected over $4,920 will be deposited into the general maintenance endowment to help with needs for other damaged or missing markers.

Donate online (credit/debit/Paypal):

 

Pay by check:

Please makes payable to N.C. Literary and Historical Association

N.C. Literary and Historical Association
4610 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4610

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information or email Ansley Wegner at Ansley.wegner@ncdcr.gov with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is money donated to the endowment fund going to a non-profit?

Is money donated to the endowment fund going to a non-profit?

Yes. The endowment fund is being administered by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Can I donate money to the endowment towards the purchase of a historical marker for a new subject?

Can I donate money to the endowment towards the purchase of a historical marker for a new subject?

No. The endowment fund is only for the maintenance or repair of existing markers that may become lost or damaged.  There is no cost or fee required when applying for a marker or when one is approved by the advisory committee.

There’s a marker that I love that has been missing for months. Why isn’t it part of your targeted giving?

There’s a marker that I love that has been missing for months. Why isn’t it part of your targeted giving?

For the targeted giving campaigns, the marker program selects markers representing a variety of subjects from the group of markers that have been down the longest.  These campaigns may occur several times per year. Any funds collected from targeted giving that exceed what is needed for a specific campaign will go into a marker maintenance endowment fund, to be used for other maintenance or repair needs.

Why do you need money from the public for a state-run program?

Why do you need money from the public for a state-run program?

Historical markers are erected along the state’s roads to remind us of events and people of statewide historical significance.  They are placed near roads to be more visible but are sometimes damaged by vehicles, farm equipment, mowers, snowplows, exposure to the elements, or severe weather.  As the number of markers increases, so does the need for maintenance and repairs. 

Why don’t you just make insurance claims for markers damaged in accidents?

Why don’t you just make insurance claims for markers damaged in accidents?

We do try to hold at-fault drivers accountable for damage to markers. Accident reports are not always available, particularly in hit-and-run incidents. It is difficult to make claims against drivers who are uninsured or who have lapsed coverage. Sometimes we do not learn of damage until long after the incident has occurred, making it impossible to gather information about fault. If you notice that a highway historical marker is damaged or missing, please contact the marker program at ncmarkers@ncdcr.gov.