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Every state has hundreds of historical markers, presenting their own unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Gary Walrath and Robert Weible write separately on the value of historical markers with candid reflections on examples from their personal experiences.

Walrath explains how historical markers can be problematic, biased accounts of history, citing the plethora of markers dedicated to Nathan Bedford Forrest in Tennessee and ones inaccurately describing Native Americans.

Weible defends historical markers, explaining the excitement they stir in the public. He provides a brief history of how historical markers began to dot highways and roadsides with a growing automobile culture.

Weible emphasizes that historical markers are important not necessarily because of the history they convey but the local support and process for nominating them.

Paired together, these discussions provide guidance for how public historians can approach historical markers as interpretative pieces and a means of empowerment for in their communities.