|National Register Sign Program|
The Montana Historical Society developed the National Register Sign Program to improve public knowledge of Montana's rich and colorful heritage, to encourage others to seek Register listing, and to promote the preservation of our historic resources.
Each exclusive National Register sign includes a special logo and brief description of the property's historic significance.
Since the program began in 1990, hundreds of National Register signs have been placed across Montana. Montanans and visitors have come to recognize that a Montana National Register sign marks a place important to the history of our state.
Other organizations have been soliciting orders for National Register plaques, but this is the only official sign program for the State of Montana and the only one that includes interpretive text detailing the history of your property.
Many of the state's
National Register sign texts can now be found on the Montana History
For more information on the sign program, contact Ellen Baumler, National Register sign Program Coordinator at 406-444-1687; firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts, Helena, MT 59620.
Who Can Apply?
If you are not sure about your property's status, your local
preservation office can answer your questions. If your community
does not have a preservation office, contact the State Historic
Preservation Office: 406-444-7715 or
Applicants are responsible for installing their signs outside, where the public can enjoy them, within a reasonable time of receiving their order. Mounting instructions can be found here.
Owners or sponsoring organizations pay less than 10% of sign manufacturing costs. The Montana Historical Society pays for all other costs (including research/writing time) with its allocated portion of the Accommodations Tax.
The current cost of each district/individual property sign is approximately $740. The cost of a contributing property sign, either style, is approximately $475. Post mount brackets for the freestanding type mounting option cost $100. Cost to applicants is only $55 for an individual/district sign, $35 for a contributing sign, and $7 for the post mount bracket.
Types of Signs
Individually listed and district properties receive Type A signs with approximately 250 words of interpretive text.
Owners of properties that contribute to listed historic districts may choose either Type B or Type C signs, each of which has up to 180 words of interpretive text.
Hardware is included for the mounting of your choice, but the applicant is responsible for installation. Freestanding installation requires a threaded pipe (not included).
All plaques are pewter-finished anodized aluminum with dark etched letters and are designed to withstand harsh weather.
Type A signs are 20" x 24". They can be mounted on the building or on a post. If you plan to mount it on a post, you will need to order a post mount. (This option is NOT available to owners of contributing properties.)
Type B signs consist of two 8"x 12" panels. One panel features
the National Register logo. The other features the interpretive
text. These panels can only be mounted on the wall. If you plan to
mount your sign in a narrow space, you may want to order a "Type B"