Histerical Markers & More

Please be aware that the American Hysterical Society does not endorse the following company (but we sure do love their work).

We don’t usually think of historical markers as being potentially subversive or funny (though one artist out there does). However, LSC Creations may have changed that. They offer a wide range of histerical markers, novelty state plaques, and fake historical markers, among other items.

They offer the now-famous:

For the more civic-minded they have various state histerical markers, such as:

Of course, if you don’t like their text they offer blank plaques so you can write your own:

Thanks to LSC, we finally have the ability to correct errors, debate interpretation, and make fun of the information found on historical markers. Perhaps most importantly, we can do all of that free of committees, politicians, or oversight of any kind.

If given the chance to (anonymously) post a sign of your own, what sign would you challenge or parody?


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

2 responses to “Histerical Markers & More

  • attendantsview

    I work in Nottingham UK, so would love a plaque or two on the front of the castle, as the tourists wait to go in:

    Throughout his career, the Sheriff of Nottingham never lived here, because he had little to do with the royal court, and administered justice from near the courts on the opposite side of the city.

    ‘Robin Hood’ set foot in this building on zero occasions. It was too dangerous and contained nothing of use to him that he couldn’t get elsewhere with greater ease. He’d have been a pin cushion within seconds of being recognised.

    In 1679 the Duke of Newcastle built the structure you can see atop the remains of the ruined castle. This is the castle. There is no ‘real’ castle hiding behind it. You’re looking at the castle. Don’t ask for a refund because we’ve ‘lied about Nottingham having a castle’.

    • T.H. Gray

      Sounds like that would be a useful sign (which is more than most of them). So what’s stopping you from putting it up, even “unofficially”? From what we see on your site (which is fantastic) you don’t have a problem sharing your thoughts.

      Thanks for visiting the Hysterical Society!

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