Texas Main Street tour of newly designated communities took place March 27, 2014 to Sealy, Caldwell and Waco. This is an annual tradition of the Texas Historical Commission in conjunction with the First Lady of Texas. It is sponsored by the Independent Bankers Association Texas.
The national Main Strret revitalization effort for historic downtowns was formed more than 30 years ago and there has been a statewide Texas Program since that time operating through the Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) is one of the oldest and largest in the nation, with more than 80 fully designated communities.
The TMSP is part of the Community Heritage Development Division of the Texas Historical Commission and operates in affiliation with the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1981, following a pilot project of the national center that studied ways to address the decline of America's downtowns, the TMSP became one of the first six statewide coordinating programs in the nation.
Number of volunteer hours dedicated to local Main Street programs since 2001
The newest Main Street communities
Congratulations to the three newly designated Texas Main Street communities: Caldwell, Sealy and Waco. The network now consists of 87 cities of all sizes all across Texas!
Newest issue of Main Street Matters
The April Main Street Matters spotlights successes of the Main Street program in Amarillo, and includes an article on conducting walking tours and a special message from the new Main Street program assistant state coordinator. Go to Main Street Matters.