Applications to become a designated 2018 Texas Main Street community are accepted only once a year and are open now. Communities of all sizes with a historic downtown are eligible to become a Main Street community. The Texas Historical Commission provides three free workshops for communities interested in learning the application process.

Thursday, April 6: Application workshop in Bastrop, 1:30–3:15 p.m. Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut Street. The application presentation will be followed by a brief walking tour of the Bastrop Main Street district at 4 p.m. Contact the State Coordinator to RSVP.

Tuesday, April 11: Application workshop in Mount Vernon, 2:30–4 p.m. at the ML Edwards & Co. building, 102 Kaufman Street. The application presentation will be immediately followed by a downtown walking tour. Contact the State Coordinator to RSVP.

Friday, April 14: Statewide application webinar. Register at

Each year, the THC may select up to five Texas cities for official Main Street designation. Historic neighborhood commercial districts are also eligible to apply. With the designation, communities become part of a powerful statewide and national network, and receive a range of services from the Texas Main Street Program staff, including design and technical consultation, strategic planning, on-site manager training, and more.

Optional letters of intent are due to the THC by June 2, and applications are due July 31. There is no application fee. For more information, and to download an application, visit or call the THC’s Community Heritage Development Division at 512.463.6092.