The Texas Historical Commission is calling on the public to share its best undertold stories.

Beginning in 2006, the THC began collecting a $100 marker application fee, as recommended by the Sunset Advisory Commission, “to establish an account to offer funding incentives for special or priority markers.”

Funds are intended to address historical gaps, promote diversity of topics, and proactively document significant underrepresented subjects or untold stories.

Through this marker application fund, the THC can:

• pay for a marker for an underrepresented topic which meets documentation requirements, when financial assistance is not readily available;

• share the cost of a marker with a county historical commission or other interested party;

• conduct a site visit to research and document a qualified historic property or topic; and or

• hire a professional historian to complete local research for one site or a thematic study.

Through June 15, the THC will accept nominations for qualified topics for the marker application fund. The criteria for judging candidates includes ability of the topic to address gaps in the THC historical marker program; value of the topic as an under told or untold aspect of Texas history; endangerment level of property, site or topic, and the contribution of a marker toward its preservation; historical or architectural significance; historical or architectural integrity; relevance to the statewide preservation plan and other THC programs; potential CHC assistance and availability of existing documentation; and diversity among the group of candidates.

Potential ideas might include such diverse topics as the site of a former county seat, an inactive pioneer graveyard that has been designated a Historic Texas Cemetery, an individual whose significant contributions to local or state history have been largely forgotten, the organization site of an important statewide association, the site of a former military installation or an endangered building worthy of Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation.

“Think of aspects of your county’s history that are underrepresented in historical markers; those gaps in interpretation can be thematic (industry, agriculture, music, etc.), geographical (parts of the county or of the state with few or no markers), ethnic (African American, Hispanic, Asian American, other), architectural (counties with few or no RTHLs or good examples of underrepresented architectural styles), chronological (more recent topics, such as the effect of World War II on the county, significant postwar changes in agriculture, civil rights developments, major Cold War facilities, other) or a number of other possibilities,” a spokesman said.

Complete the attached nomination form and return it to markerapplication@thc.state.tx.us by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. If a building or site is being considered, include a few photographs so THC staff can evaluate the architectural and historical significance and integrity.

After candidates are submitted, interdisciplinary THC staff will apply the adopted criteria and make recommendations to the THC commissioners to adopt at their quarterly meeting in July. The chosen markers will then be researched, processed and dedicated.

Complete information and the application form can be found on the historical markers web page at http://www.thc.state.tx.us/markerdesigs/madmark.shtml.