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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.

Sport the Green and Find True Treasures of Local History
March 17th, 2015
Central Library Auditorium
801 West Irving Blvd.

Wearin’ of the green is not required but if you’re lookin’ for that pot of gold on March 17, Sport the Green and come to the Central Library auditorium, 801 West Irving Blvd. for the Irving Heritage Society’s general meeting and program at 7 pm. Following a brief business meeting, the program will highlight some true local history treasures in our metroplex area.

The program will feature a panel discussion facilitated by Thomas Close, chairman of the Irving Museum Board and Gallery Experience Manager at the Perot Museum. Speakers include Robert Haynes, Curator of the Interurban Railway Museum in Plano, Toyia Pointer, Curator of the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum in Carrollton and Joe Ann Standlee, President of the Grapevine Historical Society. This is an excellent opportunity to learn what other cities and groups are doing to honor their local history

For more information,call 972-252-3838. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Regina Story selected as the
Irving Heritage Society
2015 Sweetheart

The Heritage House was abuzz with guests greeting old as well as new friends during the vintage Valentine Tea on Sunday, February 8. Dr. Clay Gilbert provided back ground music at the piano. Favorite treats were compared by guests from the elegant tea table at which several past Heritage Society presidents poured coffee or tea and served punch from the beautiful silver service. Many of the tea recipes reflect back to the original 1914 housewarming party given by C.P. and Virginia Schulze in their new home. Tea chairs Anne Pfaff and Kitty Boyle coordinated the special event. The weather was so beautiful that some guests enjoyed seats on the porch swing and the rockers outside.

Half way through the afternoon, Heritage Society President Patty Landers Caperton asked the guests to focus their attention to the living room for a special announcement. It was the revealing of the selection of the Heritage Society 2015 Sweetheart – Regina Story. At the conclusion of her term as President in 2005-2006, Mrs. Story did not “retire” from service to the organization. Instead she took on the task as Whistle Stop editor of the Heritage Society’s newsletter and served admirably in that role for several years. She additionally served on the finance committee. Mrs. Story and her husband George also presided over one of the Heritage Society’s prestigious Bracebridge Dinners as Lady and Squire.

Mrs. Story was a city council appointee to the first Irving Museum Board and was the only woman on the board. Her interest in history and museums comes naturally as her father Harry Patterson started the Delta County Patterson Memorial Museum in Cooper, Texas. The Irving Heritage Society will be providing a donation to the Patterson Museum in recognition of Mrs. Story’s dedication and service to the Irving Heritage Society.

The Heritage Society will resume monthly tours of the Heritage House on the first Sunday of the months March – December on March 1. For more information about other events and activities of the Irving Heritage Society, call 972-252-3838.

Vintage Valentine Tea
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Irving Heritage House
303 South O’Connor
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Irving Index newspaper article of Thursday, February 19, 1914, reported: “Mr. and Mrs. Charles Percy Schulze threw open their beautiful new home Saturday evening to one hundred and fifty invited guests. The housewarming was in the nature of a Valentine Party – the decorations and color scheme throughout being hearts, arrows and cupid in reds and yellows.”

The same description fits the upcoming event at the former Schulze home now called the Heritage House, 303 South O’Connor, as the Irving Heritage Society recreates that party of 1914 with their annual Vintage Valentine Tea. The public is invited to share in this special event from 2pm-4pm. Reservations are not required and admission is free.

Just as in the 1914 article description, there will be strings of hearts from the chandeliers. The lace draperies at the windows and dining table will have festoons of hearts and arrows. The tea recipes have been checked, the silver polished and the Irving Heritage Society Sweetheart is secretly being selected as the organization prepares for this favorite traditional event. Anne Pfaff and Kitty Boyle are serving as co-chairman of this year’s event.

For more information,call 972-252-3838.

National Register of Historic
Places Marker Unveiling

An overflowing crowd gathered on the lawn at the home of Dr. Clay W. Gilbert Sunday, December 7.  The occasion was the unveiling of a National Register of Historic Places marker…..the first marker in Irving, Texas!  The unveiling brought forth cheers of congratulations.  Marvin Randle served as emcee for the day as well as provided reflections of a proclamation he had presented when he was mayor of Irving to Dr. Gilbert’s father, Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert, at the time of Dr. F.M. Gilbert’s retirement from the medical profession.

Additional speakers included Shirley Dobson presenting a state resolution on behalf of State Representative Linda Harper Brown and City Councilman Joe Putnam reading a proclamation from the City of Irving.  Kaye Ward offered congratulations from the Irving Heritage Society and invited guests to enjoy refreshments at the Heritage House next door after the unveiling.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.  It is authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and is under the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Services.  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.   

There are four criterions that are considered for receiving this recognition.  Mary Higbie provided a recap of those requirements and noted that the Joffre-Gilbert House was ranked on not just one but two levels.  The areas of significance associated with the Joffre-Gilbert House are health/medicine and architecture. 

The house is significant under Criterion C in the area of architecture as an important and singular local example of a Craftsman “airplane “ bungalow.  It is the only one in Irving and unique in design.  The house is also significant under Criterion B in the area of health/medicine for the association with Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert who purchased the house in 1939.  Dr. F.M Gilbert and his father Dr. Daniel Webster Gilbert compassionately served the medical community without interruption for over a century.

The Joffre-Gilbert House is located at 309 South O’Connor (formerly Iowa Street) and was built in 1919 by the first owner A. Fred Joffre.   It was recognized with a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission in 1999.  The Irving Heritage Society Landmark was presented by the City of Irving Preservation and Redevelopment and the Irving Heritage Society in 2000 and an Irving Texas Centennial marker was presented in 2003.  An earlier Irving Heritage Society Landmark plaque was also placed on the Gilbert home. 

The afternoon program and refreshments were arranged by the Irving Heritage Society and the Irving Museum Advisory Board.

November 7th IHS Board Meeting

A National Register of Historic Places marker will be unveiled at the Joffre-Gilbert House at 309 South O’Connor on Sunday, December 7, at 2pm. The home is owned by Dr. Clay W. Gilbert and is the first location in Irving to receive this national recognition. The public is invited to attend the unveiling and reception.
The home was built in 1919 by pioneer carpenter A. Fred Joffre as a dream home for his family. It is a two story, frame, Craftsman Style bungalow, referred to as an “airplane bungalow” based on its wide, low, front-facing gable and centrally-placed and cockpit-like second story. Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert and his wife Dorothy purchased the house in 1939. Their son, Dr. Clay Wayne Gilbert, acquired it in 1977.
Dr. Franklin Monroe Gilbert and his father Dr. Daniel Webster Gilbert served the medical needs of the greater Irving community for over a century (1870s-1970s). This home served as a secondary clinic and was known as a place to turn to in time of need.

A place on the National Register of Historic Places was awarded based on two criteria: the property is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past and on the uniqueness of the architectural style that the home represents.

A reception will follow the unveiling at the Irving Heritage House located next door. It will be hosted by the Irving Heritage Society and the Irving Museum Advisory board.
For more information about the unveiling, contact the Irving Heritage Society at 972-252-3838.


Cloggers entertain visitors
to the Heritage House Sunday, November 2nd.

It was a fun day with lots of toe tapping by the audience as well as the cloggers. Councilman Oscar Ward and his wife Kaye were among those who agreed to try out a few clogging steps. We have been adding some additional entertainment for visitors who come to the Heritage House for the First Sunday Tours.

Dixie Grand Cloggers

CLICK HERE for more photos!

The Dixie Grand Cloggers entertained visitors to the Irving Heritage House on Sunday, November 2, during the regular tour hours. Glen McCrary established the group in 1998 and they have gone on to proving their talents through competitive dancing as well as many performances across the Metroplex. Some of the Sunday guests even took a turn at a few steps.

Next up for Sunday@Heritage House will be Sunday, December 7, from 3pm-5pm. Music, refreshments and tours of the 1912 Recorded Texas Historic Landmark will be offered.

For more information, visit or call

Finance committee hard at work Friday evening
October 31, 2014

Committee is made up of 5 past presidents and they were assisted by others. Chaired by Janice Carroll, the committee is Dan Matkin, Marvin Randle, Fran Bonilla, Mary Moorman and
Suzy Beeman.

Marvin brought an original yearbook from 1980-1981 to share. What a treasure!

Mary Oberlin was president at that time. Other officers were Melalee Camak, Jim Wilcox, Tally Parker, John F. Brown, Jane Earle, and Estelle Bates.

Stacey Martin-Treasurer, Patty Caperton-President, Fran Bonilla and Marvin Randle

Dan Matkin, Diane Mannon-past treasurer, Mary Moorman. and Janice Carroll

For past stories, CLICK HERE for ARCHIVES page.


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 2014-2015 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.

Call Mary Higbie at 972-252-3838 for other arrangements.  


Photographs of
Recent Heritage Society Events

Clogging Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Member Reception/
General Meeting. Program:
To Kill a Mockingbird

October 2014 IHS Board Meeting

October 5th, Jazz Sunday

Gilbert House Announcement

IHS 2014 Board Orientation

IHS August 2014 Board Meeting

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