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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.

Irving Heritage House Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s
Tenth Annual Museum Day Live!
Free Admission for All Participants Visiting the Irving Heritage House on September 27, 2014

The Irving Heritage House will open its doors 1pm - 4pm free of charge on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Previous year’s event drew over 400,000 participants a year, and this year’s event expects record-high participation across the nation.

Built in 1912 for C.P. Schulze and his bride, the Heritage House is a restored prairie-style pioneer home. Signature features include cypress siding, a low-hipped roof, a large porch, and gabled dormer. The Schulze heirs gave it to the City of Irving in 1975. The Irving Heritage Society owns the furnishings and operates the house as a tour home. The house was designated as a Recorded Texas State Historic Landmark in 1986. A visit to the Heritage House, which is filled with beautiful antiques, is a step back in time.

Irving Heritage Society President Patty Landers Caperton commented: “We are pleased with the national recognition that this program will bring to our City of Irving and to the Irving Heritage House.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

For more information on the 1912 Irving Heritage House,
call 972-252-3838.

Jazz at the Heritage House
Sunday, October 5 — 3pm-5pm

Join the Irving Heritage Society for Sunday Jazz @ the Heritage House, 303 South O’Connor, on Sunday, October 5, from 3pm-5pm.  Bring a chair, blanket, friends, and family for apple cider and popcorn.  Horseshoes and croquet will be played on the Heritage House lawn.  Docent led Heritage House tours are offered free of charge at 3pm and 4pm.

Vocalist Melissa Medlock is a former rookie of the year Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, and toured the world as featured vocalist in the elite show group.  Melissa also sings in Spanish and Portuguese, and lends her considerable dancing skills to her live performance.  Cliff Chancey is a long time Irving resident and has played guitar and toured with Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker and Ty Herndon.

The afternoon events are free.  For more information,
call 972-252-3838.

Dr. Clay W. Gilbert's home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Place. This is the first such listing ever received in Irving, Texas

Joffre-Gilbert Home 2014

Dr. Clay W. Gilbert was greeted with cheers and applause as he announced to the Irving Heritage Society board on September 5 that his home has been selected to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the very first such recognition within the City of Irving and is quite a distinction. The Gilbert home was built in 1919 by A. Fred Joffre as his own dream home. It is located at 309 South O’Connor Road, originally listed as 309 Iowa Street. Dr. Franklin Monroe and his wife Dorothy purchased the home in 1939. Dr. Clay W. Gilbert has owned the home since 1977.

The Joffre-Gilbert home is a 2 story, frame, Craftsman Style bungalow, often referred to as an “airplane bungalow” based on its wide, low, front-facing gable end and centrally-placed and cockpit-like second floor. Originally clad in wood clapboard siding, the first floor siding was covered in Perma-Stone in 1947-1949. The front porch is notable for its unusual open-timbered gable and modified “cross log” support columns.

Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert had followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Daniel W. Gilbert, in providing medical care to the community. Dr. D. W. Gilbert was the first physician and pharmacist in Irving, beginning as early as 1878. Dr. F.M. Gilbert began his medicine in 1920 in the community. Dr. F. M. Gilbert opened Irving’s first clinic, a ground-breaking facility that provided comprehensive
24-hour care in the absence of an area hospital. He was Mayor of Irving (1932-1937) and was on the board of the Irving State Bank and its later iterations for fifty years, serving as president from 1938-1954. Gilbert was elected to the board of trustees of the Irving Independent School District, serving ten consecutive years among other community roles. Together Dr’s D.W. and F.M. Gilbert provided leadership and compassionately served the Irving area community for a century without interruption. This included provision of care to the poor with little or no compensation and to the African American community in a time of racial division and segregation.

The National Register of Historic Places was awarded based on two criterions:

B. Property is associated with the lives of persons significant to our past.
C. Property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction.

Listing in the National Register of Historic Places provides formal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance based on national standards used by every state. It was awarded to the Joffre-Gilbert Home by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service – National Register of Historic Places on August 1, 2014. A plaque is being crafted to be placed in front of the home at a later date.

For more photos related to this storey, CLICK HERE.


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

2014-2105 Irving Heritage Society Board

President – Patty Landers Caperton
President elect – Kaye Ward
First Vice President/
– Doug Fox
Second Vice President/
– Jo-Ann Bresowar
Third Vice President/
– Diane Mannon
Recording Secretary – Sandra Cole  Corresponding Secretary
Velma Edwin
Treasurer – Stacey Martin
Historian – Kevin Kendro Parliamentarian – Janice Carroll

The new directors include:  Lea Bailey, Kathy Howard, Rosalie Jensen, Patrick Shields, and Vicki Tate

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

Gilbert House Announcement

IHS 2014 Board Orientation

IHS August 2014 Board Meeting

2014 4th of July Parade

IHS May 2014 Board Meeting

10th Annual Fish Fry & Bake Sale

March 7th 2014 Board Meeting

2014 Vintage Valentine Tea Party

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