Legends & Lore® Roadside Marker Program

What is the Legends & Lore® Roadside Marker Program?

The Connecticut Historical Society is partnering with The William G. Pomeroy Foundation to feature Connecticut cultural heritage on roadside markers at sites across the state. Established by the Syracuse, NY-based Pomeroy Foundation in 2015, Legends & Lore® was designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore. The program brings public recognition to many forms of valued local heritage across the state, affirming the many cultures, traditions, and communities that make Connecticut distinctive.

Image of red sign on pole with gold text: 
Legends & Lore
Commemorating Legends and Folklore Nationwide
William G. Pomeroy Foundation

For selected applicants to the program, the Pomeroy Foundation’s grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole, and shipping. The responsibility for the grantee is installation, maintenance, and the cost of a break-away pole, if required by their municipality.

The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation founded in 2005 that helps people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of historic signage grant programs, including Legends & Lore®. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research, and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 700 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: https://www.wgpfoundation.org

What “legends?” What “lore?”

“Folklore” encompasses many forms of informal, traditional culture. Markers should reflect important parts of community heritage, which can include local tales as well as traditions, crafts, celebrations, music, and people whose identity is important to the place. What are important parts of your community’s story that should be passed on?

What matters is not so much that a tradition, story, or person be historically verifiable, but that it be locally meaningful.

Examples of projects:

Check out the interactive map here: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/map/

Be sure to choose “Legends and Lore” in the Filter options drop-down menu on the Historic Markers Map. Clicking through on the map pins will first reveal the marker text, with an additional page of information if you click “Learn More.”

Who can apply?

Legends & Lore® marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities in Connecticut, so individuals wishing to apply will need a local partner. Applicants to the program will be evaluated on the legitimacy and accuracy of the material that applicants in Connecticut intend to commemorate on a marker.

How do I apply?

Go to https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/legends-lore/, where you can click “Apply for Grant” to start an application. If you want to get feedback before applying, or if you are an individual who would like recommendations of organizational partners for the grant, please contact Kate Schramm.

When is the application deadline?

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round.

Round 1

  • 03/23/20 – Application becomes available online
  • 05/01/20 – Application deadline
  • 06/19/20 – Grants awarded

Round 2

  • 08/17/20 – Application becomes available online
  • 10/02/20 – Application deadline
  • 11/20/20 – Grants awarded

I have more questions!

For questions about application content, please contact Kate Schramm.

For more questions on the Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Program, Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page here: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/legends-lore/faq/

For technical questions about the application system, please contact: info@wgpfoundation.org or call (315) 913-4060.

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