Historic Marker Program


The Board of Directors created the Historic Marker Program to bring attention to Waukegan’s notable buildings. Many home and business owners can now proudly display the name of the original owner or builder of their property and the date it was built. The 12" x 18" sign is made of attractive, weather-resistant materials for placement on the exterior of the property.

The Mission Statement of the Historical Society states, in part, that our objective is “to preserve, study, and interpret the history of Waukegan and to educate so as to enrich public knowledge.” The Board feels that the Historic Marker Program will increase awareness of the rich history of Waukegan. With the commitment of the City of Waukegan in the restoration of the Genesee Theater and the on-going restoration of other commercial and residential buildings, the Marker Program is meant to be another source of pride for property owners.

Building, including private residences, that are architecturally significant or have an historical connection to the City of Waukegan are eligible for the program. Currently, the program is being offered for buildings constructed prior to World War II; post-war buildings may be included at a later date.

The cost will be $75.00 per marker and any profits will be restricted to support the ongoing activities at the Raymond Research Library. Further details are available in the Historic Marker Application.

Approval of applications will be by the Sign and Marker Committee. Once approved and  manufactured, the marker can be installed by the individual owner or by the Historical Society. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program.

Markers are a great gift for that house-proud friend or relative. Download the application today!

Marker Program News

The News-Sun published an article about the Marker Program on September 30, 2006. You can read the article as a pdf.