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Welcome to the
Irving Heritage Society

We are based in the Heritage House, shown above with special decorations for its 100th Anniversary.

To learn about the Society and its activities, CLICK HERE.

To learn about the history of the City of Irving and also the Heritage House, CLICK HERE.

To learn about the history of the Irving Independent School District, CLICK HERE. To see now-and-then photographs of Irving schools and other views, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for a list of future Society activities.

A list of current officers, directors, and committee chairs are found HERE, plus an application for membership as well as a list of former presidents.

Links to other Internet sites in Irving and those with a relation to history are found HERE.


Save the Dates!
Irving Heritage Society
Upcoming 2014 Events

April - Seventh Annual Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man – A month long series of events including Irving Trivia. Form a team and join the fun!

April 25, Fri.Tenth Annual Fish Fry - Details and tickets available in March.

April 26, Sat.Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Incorporation of Irving and Honoring Women of Irving’s History – Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall. Free.

Heritage House toursFirst Sunday of the months
March-December from 3pm-5pm
. Docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Group tours may be scheduled for alternate times.
For last minute updates visit or website or call 972-252-3838.



10th Annual Fish Fry
Irving Heritage Society and
Silent Cake Auction
Friday,
April 25, 2014
5 p.m. — 7 p.m.
Heritage Park at 2nd & Main Street
Adults $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate
Children 3-8 yrs, $5.00.
There will be door prizes!

Advance tickets are now available for the Irving Heritage Society 10th Annual Fish Fry to be held on Friday, April 25 at Heritage Park, 2nd and Main Street from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Past guests have put their “seal of approval” on this delicious meal and fun evening. The event will include a silent auction of cakes as well. Fish fry tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate. Tickets for children 3-8 years are $5. Children 2 years and under are free. Advance tickets are available at the Clothes Quarters, 142 South Main, Mustang Museum at Williams Square, from Heritage Society board members, or by calling 972-252-3838. Door prizes will be awarded.

Visitors are always welcomed at Heritage Society events. For more information on this as well as other upcoming activities or call 972-252-3838.

In case of rain, event will be held the next Friday.

100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Irving
and Honoring Women of
Irving's History
Saturday, April 26th

Honoring Women of Irving’s History will be part of the 100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Irving program on Saturday, April 26, at the Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall, 3333 North MacArthur, and will begin at 7pm. The evening’s event will recognize the accomplishments of ten women who have been significant in their contributions to the development of the City of Irving, Texas, as well as represent the many and various contributions of all Irving women over the years.
Those women to be honored are:

Virginia Orpha Fulton
Dorothy Grace Bald Brandon Gilbert
Earlie Mae Collins Wheeler
Bettie Ruth Farley Peck
Marjorie Darden Parrish
Gene Lane Harmon
Elizabeth Ann Dupree Carpenter
Helen Marie Kennedy Gehan
Mary Jo Wyatt Deatherage
Carla Hardy Corry Smith



All guests are asked to sign the guest book that evening and family members of the honorees are asked to identify themselves for special recognition. The event is open to the public with free admission. A reception will be in the lobby following the program.

Artwork of the After School Program at the Irving Parks and Recreation Centers will be shared as well. Their theme was “What I Like Best About Irving” with a variety of results. The artists will also be recognized during the evening’s program.

As part of the 7th Annual Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man, the month long series of activities include an Irving Trivia contest, family movies, book discussions, “A Literary Conversation With Washington Irving,” online activities and special exhibits throughout the city. It is sponsored by the Irving Heritage Society, City of Irving, Irving Independent School District, Irving Black Arts Council, and the Irving Public Library. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is also funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.

For additional information, call 972-252-3838.

“What I Like About Irving, Texas”
Artwork display by After School
Program students
Saturday, April 26th
Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall at 7pm

Artwork created by the After School Program at the Irving Parks and Recreation Centers of  Cimarron Park Recreation Center, Georgia Farrow Recreation Center, Lee Park Recreation Center, Mustang Park Recreation Center, Northwest Park Recreation Center and Senter Recreation Center was submitted with the theme "What I Like About Irving, Texas" from which 60 pieces were selected to be shown during the April 26 program of Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Irving at the Irving Arts Center.  The evening program on April 26 is open to the public and free admission.  A reception will held in the lobby after the event.

The young students will be in attendance on April 26 and recognized during the evening event.   The project was coordinated by Kathryn Knapp of the Mustang Park Recreation Center and LaNita Johnson of the Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man committee.

Attached is a partial list of the answers to what they like about Irving, Texas.  Many selected the Irving Public Library as their favorite as well as the Parks and the Recreation Centers.

The sponsors of the month long activities include the Irving Heritage Society, the City of Irving, the Irving Independent School District, the Irving Black Arts Council and the Irving Public Library.    This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  It was funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.  For additional information, call 972-252-3838.

Click here for the a list of the artwork!

Heritage House Tours
Sunday, May 4

One of the oldest homes in Irving will be open for public tours on May 4, Sunday, from 3pm to 5pm. It was built in 1912 by C. P. Schulze, brother of one of the co-founders of Irving, J. O. Schulze. The Irving Heritage House is located at 303 South O’Connor and was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1986. Admission is free and docent led tours are provided at 3pm and 4pm.

Many beautiful antiques are throughout the Heritage House. Some of the furnishings include an 1840 clock, an organ (ca.1880), a square piano (ca.1860), Limoges, Sevres, and Bavarian porcelains, and many more items from the past. The house was built with a basement, a unique feature for homes in the area.

For more information visit call 972-252-3838. Group tours may also be arranged at alternate times.

Irving Heritage House, built 1912

Casting Call for TRIVIA Teams

“Celebrating Irving – The City And The Man” preliminary rounds of the 7th annual Irving Trivia competition will be held in the West Irving Library auditorium at 4444 West Irving Blvd. on Saturday, April 26pm, beginning at 10am. Finals will be on Saturday, May 3, at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, at 10am.

Questions for the trivia contest will be based on the life and works of author Washington Irving, plus the history as well as current facts about the City of Irving. Applications for registering a team may be obtained by calling 972-252-3838. The deadline for a team’s registration is April 22.

Shouldn’t you be in this picture? Last year’s finalists were from the teams of the Irving Museum Board, Henry Holmes Breakfast Forum-Jim’s Team, La Cima Heritage Committee, and Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. The LaCima Heritage Committee won the final competition.

For more information, call 972-252-3838. Sponsors of the month long programs include the Irving Heritage Society, Irving Independent School District, the City of Irving, the Irving Public Library, and the Irving Black Arts Council. Funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


2013 finals team members




 



The Irving Heritage Society’s vision:

A diverse community that values its past, celebrates its present, and embraces
its future.


Mission Statement:

The Irving Heritage Society is a vibrant, intergenerational volunteer organization that:
ADVOCATES historic preservation
EDUCATES the community
on its heritage
PRESERVES and accumulates
local history


2013-2104 Irving Heritage Society Board

President – Janice Carroll
President elect – Patty Landers Caperton
First Vice President/
membership
– Doug Fox
Second Vice President/
programs
– Kaye Ward
Third Vice President/
projects
– Stacey Martin
Recording Secretary – Sandra Cole  Corresponding Secretary
Velma Edwin
Treasurer – Diane Mannon
Historian – Kevin Kendro Parliamentarian – Chris Wallace 

The new directors include:  Kitty Boyle, Chris Dobson, Angie Drake, Anne Pfaff, Vernon Proctor, Bob Bourgeois, and
Dan Niemeier.

ICTN Four-Minute Video of the 100th Anniversary of
The Heritage House and the Society’s
Valentine Tea

CLICK HERE to see the video. Click on the symbol in the lower right corner just below the small screen to watch it full-screen.

It states that “Irving’s Heritage House is now 100 years old. The Heritage Society has a number of special events planned to mark that anniversary. This tea took visitors on a trip back in time.” The video contains many comments by Society members.

New Brochure of
The Heritage House

CLICK HERE to see the newly-created brochure of the Heritage House. Printed copies are available at the Heritage House. 

Yearbooks Now Available

The 2012-2013 Yearbook of the Irving Heritage Society is now available to be picked up by members at the Clothes Quarters in downtown Irving or at the Mustang Museum in Williams Square. This issue includes a photo gallery of recent events as well as many articles and lists. 

 

Photographs of
Recent Heritage Society Events

March 7th 2014 Board Meeting
CLICK HERE

2014 Vintage Valentine Tea Party
CLICK HERE

KLEM Miniature
CLICK HERE

New Member Reception
CLICK HERE

Great Gatsby Tea and Talk
CLICK HERE

To View more events, CLICK HERE

History Pictorial History Book and Centennial
Cookbook for Sale

“Irving, Texas, From Rails to Wings, 1903-2003” by Norma Stanton is available for $15 and "Irving, Texas, Centennial, 1903-2003, Cookbook and Family Histories" by Helen Ogden Widener is available for $10 from the Society. The fully-illustrated history book, over 200 pages, tells the story of the City of Irving, its people, and its growth over its first century. The 400-plus page cookbook has both history and recipes, with an added bonus of an interactive compact disc. Both books are bound hardback and were published by the City of Irving as part of its centennial celebration. These extra copies have been graciously donated by the City to the Society to help fund the upkeep of the Heritage House. Get yours at the Heritage House during the monthly tours or call 972-252-3838 to order your copies.

IHS Historical book IHS Cookbook