Irving Heritage Society

Irving Heritage Society The Irving Heritage Society was founded in 1978 as an outgrowth of the Bicentennial, to support a renewed interest in history, especially local history.
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Irving Archives and Museum
05/30/2020

Irving Archives and Museum

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

Members of the second grade percussion band at Sowers School, 1946. The Sowers School was located along today’s Pioneer Road near its intersection with Belt Line Road.

Wishing everyone a great summer!

Throwback Thursday - Big State Fountain & Grill
05/22/2020
Throwback Thursday - Big State Fountain & Grill

Throwback Thursday - Big State Fountain & Grill

  Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at what our downtown area used to look like, and we’ll concentrate on a favorite eatery – Big State Fountain & Grill. After the st...

President Linda Wood Shotwell said today that we "gathered together separately" to elect Jearlene Miller as President an...
05/17/2020

President Linda Wood Shotwell said today that we "gathered together separately" to elect Jearlene Miller as President and Carol Huntley Little as President-Elect along with a wonderful slate of officers and directors for the 2020-2021 Heritage Society year. She went on to say........"it's always a good day when a heritage society can make history." Modern technology was in full swing today as we did this with a zoom meeting. Congratulations to all and thank you for those who previously served.

Although we have suspended the tours of the Heritage House for now, we look forward to seeing you some time in the futur...
05/17/2020

Although we have suspended the tours of the Heritage House for now, we look forward to seeing you some time in the future.

Throwback Thursday - Irving's Clock Tower
05/07/2020
Throwback Thursday - Irving's Clock Tower

Throwback Thursday - Irving's Clock Tower

Allow me to introduce you to the stories behind many of our attractions and historic areas here in Irving, Texas. This week we'll look at an Irving attraction located in the heart of our Heritage District – the Whistle Stop Plaza and Clock Tower. After the story, you can have fun with th...

The library had a good player this year too for Irving Trivia online with Kathleen Sargent.
05/02/2020

The library had a good player this year too for Irving Trivia online with Kathleen Sargent.

Irving Heritage Society has an exciting game of Irving Trivia currently underway for the Celebrating Irving series. The Library plays a mean game too, even if we don't always win 😬. Pictured: The library teams in 2015 and 2018 surrounded by their formidable opponents from La Cima Club, Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Irving Senior Arts Program. #FlashbackFriday

Rachael Frost won the first week of Irving Trivia.  Stacey Starkey won the second week, Patty Caperton won the third and...
05/02/2020

Rachael Frost won the first week of Irving Trivia. Stacey Starkey won the second week, Patty Caperton won the third and Shirley Smith the fourth week. While it only takes one to win, the above names were in the drawings many times and increased their chances for gift cards that we purchased from Big Stage Fountain Grill, Joe's Coffee Shop, and Glory House. Thanks to all who played Irving Trivia.

We have had a fun 4 weeks of Irving Trivia. Many good players. There were 10 preliminary names drawn and numbers.  The n...
05/02/2020

We have had a fun 4 weeks of Irving Trivia. Many good players. There were 10 preliminary names drawn and numbers. The names were Shirley Smith, Patty Caperton, Pam Engman, Gretchen Brosch, Kathleen Sargent, Carol Lucas, Cynthia Sharp, Stacey Starkey, Jan Hart, and Rachael Frost. Yesterday at our virtual board meeting a number was determined to make the selection. Number 8 Stacey Starkey will be receiving a total of $50 gift cards that we purchased at Big State Fountain Grill and Joe's Coffee Shop. Congratulations to all and thanks for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man

Irving Trivia - Week 4 plus bonus answers and winnerGreat playing by all.  Here are the answers and lucky winner.  All c...
05/01/2020

Irving Trivia - Week 4 plus bonus answers and winner
Great playing by all. Here are the answers and lucky winner. All correct answers for these four weeks will be used in a Grand Prize Winner drawing selected at the Heritage Society Board Zoom meeting on 5/1. Name provided later that day.

Bonus question 4/25 - How many of the Irving High Schools were recently named "Best High School in the US" - Answer 5 of 5!!!!

Mon. 4/27 - What was the first event at Texas Stadium and year it opened - Answer Billy Graham Crusade and it opened 1971. (Dan Matkin was mayor)

Tues. 4/28 - Identify building in photo, where it is located and 5 large historically significant "structures" there.
Answer - photo of a depot at Heritage Park. Other structures included Caster Cabin, Caboose, Windmill, Water Tower, and former library building - started by Esther Hurwitz.

Wed. 4/29 - Identify photo and where it is located . Answer - Irving's original plat map used in the 1903 auction. It is now on display in the Irving Archives and Museums. For many years it was "stored" under a bed. Thank Goodness it was saved for it is one of Irving's most significant treasures.

Thurs. 4/30 - From a list of professions, which one was not one of Washington Irving's. Answer - Preacher

This week's winner is.........Shirley Smith. She has not missed a day of playing nor a bonus question. Lots of name slips in the drawing. Congratulations, Shirley. We have purchased a $25 gift card for you from Glory House Bistro on Main Street. Enjoy and thanks for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Pictured below are the winners of 2019. They are the Abecedarians of Beta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Pamela Slaughter, Carol Johnson, Lea Bailey and Martha Korioth

Irving Trivia - Day 19 - April 30 - Final DayWashington Irving could be described in many ways/titles/professions. Which...
04/30/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 19 - April 30 - Final Day
Washington Irving could be described in many ways/titles/professions. Which one listed is NOT correct: Essayist, Historian, Diplomat, Preacher, Lawyer, Biographer, Military Man, Magazine Editor, or Poet. List your answer below before 11pm today.

Answers and winning name will be posted on Fri. The grand prize winner will be posted by Sat. at the latest. Be sure to "like" and "follow" the Heritage Society page for more fun activities. We hope that you have enjoyed Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Irving Trivia - Day 18 - WednesdayPerhaps one of Irving's greatest treasures (besides the people of Irving), this was ke...
04/29/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 18 - Wednesday
Perhaps one of Irving's greatest treasures (besides the people of Irving), this was kept under a bed. Where is it now and what is it? Two part question. Bonus entry in drawing if you can tell us how old it is? List your answers below by 11pm tonight.

Down to the final two days of Irving Trivia. It has been fun and you have all done very well. We hope that you enjoyed it as well as learned many new things. Next April you should form an Irving Trivia team to compete with others for the prized trophy. Meanwhile, thanks for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Two more days of Irving Trivia after today. Ends 4/30. Brush up on Washington Irving....you know there has to be another...
04/28/2020

Two more days of Irving Trivia after today. Ends 4/30. Brush up on Washington Irving....you know there has to be another one or two WI question coming! Weekly prize plus grand prize on Fri.

Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man

Irving Trivia - Tuesday - Day 17Two part questionWhere is this building located and name 5 large, historically significa...
04/28/2020

Irving Trivia - Tuesday - Day 17
Two part question
Where is this building located and name 5 large, historically significant "structures" there. (You may include this building) Bonus point for winner's drawing if you list 6. Add your list and place below by 11pm today.

Answers and winners announced May 1. Thank you for playing Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man. Don't forget to "like" the Irving Heritage Society page and "follow" us. We will take you to interesting places!

Irving Trivia - Day 16 - MondayTwo part question - What year did Texas Stadium open and what was the first event?  SMU F...
04/27/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 16 - Monday
Two part question - What year did Texas Stadium open and what was the first event? SMU Football Game, Dallas Cowboys Game, Billy Graham Crusade, or MacArthur High School Football Game?

Enter answer below by 11pm today. Daily questions through April 30. Weekly and grand prize drawings for correct answers. Thank you for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

You need these Vintage Playing Cards. Fill you time with fun and games as you learn about Irving's history.The Heritage ...
04/26/2020

You need these Vintage Playing Cards. Fill you time with fun and games as you learn about Irving's history.

The Heritage Society put together a project of Vintage Playing Cards. A regular deck of cards with imagines from the Irving archives on them. Various people "sponsored" a card and added their personal comment in addition to some historical data. All proceeds will go to benefit the Irving Archives and Museum. $10 a deck and if you live in Irving, we will "porch drop" an order for you. Message us or call 972-252-3838.

We are not too proud to ask.....Do You "Like" Us??? Are you "following" us? We have 895 liking us and 927 following. We ...
04/26/2020
Irving Heritage Society

We are not too proud to ask.....Do You "Like" Us??? Are you "following" us?

We have 895 liking us and 927 following. We want to reach 1,000 by our board meeting (virtually) on Friday. It is just a "click" away. Do it now and invite your friends to do the same. We like meeting new people.

Due to the Covid-19 and withconcern for our community’s health, the Irving Heritage Society has cancelled all meetings and events scheduled for April and May, 2020. This includes all Celebrating Irving activities including Irving Trivia, the April 14 Honoring Mayors of Irving program, April and Ma...

Guy Deel, who painted the beautiful piece depicting the selling of the lots on Dec. 19, 1903, for the Irving Centennial ...
04/26/2020

Guy Deel, who painted the beautiful piece depicting the selling of the lots on Dec. 19, 1903, for the Irving Centennial was a very accomplished artist. From magazines, to book covers, to Disney projects, and a fantastic mural in the Gene Autry Museum in Calif. Covering 3 walls and depicting people from Spanish Missionaries to Clint Eastwood. We should all be proud of his connection to Irving, Texas. His sister Louise Gill was very active in the Irving Heritage Society for many years.

From Guy Deel's obituary page
Guy Deel: His novel art made West come alive

Guy Deel's brush depicted the cowboys, good guys and gunslingers of lead-slinging literature.

The artist who illustrated the covers of hundreds of Western novels died Dec. 13, 2005 at age 72 in Cambria, Calif., of complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Deel was born July 7, 1933, in Tuxedo, Texas about 50 miles north of Abilene TX. His grandparents were ranchers, and his father worked as a cowboy before the family moved to Irving in 1939.

Mr. Deel graduated from Irving High in 1950. At 17, he attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., on a scholarship.

Following art school, Mr. Deel served in the U.S. Army, where he designed recruiting posters at an Army installation on Governor's Island in New York Harbor. While in New York, he picked up freelance art assignments for magazines such as Redbook, The Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest.

When the magazine market began to dry up for illustrators, Mr. Deel turned to the book market. That's when he headed to California.

A prolific illustrator, Mr. Deel produced artwork for more than 250 book covers, most for western novels by authors such as Louis L'Amour, Elmer Kelton and Gary McCarthy. He also created covers for 15 Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
The illustrations were created as oil paintings that Mr. Deel allowed publishers to reproduce but not to keep.

Lynne Deel, Mr. Deel's wife, said that his fondness for depiction of the American West was part of his heritage.

"His whole family was sort of cowboy folks," Mrs. Deel said. "He always had an affinity for the West. He spent much of his youth on family farms and ranches."

Mrs. Deel said that Mr. Deel's hallmark was historical accuracy in his paintings.

"If the time period called for a specific gun, that was the gun. The horse's tack would be right for the period," Mrs. Deel said. "He was a very accurate historian."

In terms of scale, Mr. Deel's most epic work is a 130-foot mural painted for the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. The "Spirits of the West" mural takes up three walls of one level of the museum and depicts the story of the American West.

Mr. Deel also worked in advertising and film. He received a silver medal award in 1963 from the Dallas-Fort Worth Art Directors Club for advertising illustrations he did for retailer Neiman-Marcus. In 1974, his documentary film Artists at Work was screened at the USA Film Festival in Dallas.

Mr. Deel later worked with Walt Disney artists on several animated productions. His credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Fantasia 2000.

In 2001, Mr. Deel's old hometown of Irving commissioned him to re-create in a painting the 1903 land auction that was the birth of the city. The painting was unveiled at the city's centennial celebration.

Mrs. Deel said that her husband was no brooding artist. He was a happy man who enjoyed the life and vocation he chose.

"He never made a dime doing anything but painting," Mrs. Deel said. "He enjoyed life. He brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Deel is survived by a brother, James Deel of Houston; two sisters, Louise Gill and Bunis Marykwas, both of Irving; a son, Christopher Deel of Agora Hills, Calif.; a daughter, Kimberly Deel of Westlake, Calif.; and one grandson.

Irving Trivia - Week three answers and winner.To make up for the delay in getting the info to you, I will add a new ques...
04/26/2020

Irving Trivia - Week three answers and winner.
To make up for the delay in getting the info to you, I will add a new question at the end of this post. You have until 11 pm Sunday evening to answer it. Your name will go into next week's drawing if your answer is correct....plus into the grand prize drawing on May 1.

Day 11 question - In the Washington Irving story of Rip Van Winkle, how many years did he sleep and in which mountain range? 20 years in the Catskills.

Day 12 question - IISD Board - how many, who is President and name the others. 7 Board members, A.D. Jenkins is President, Nell Anne Hunt, Randy Randle, Pam Campbell, Tony Grimes, Nuzhat Hye, and Dr. Rosemary Robbins

Day 13 question - Who was the artist of the painting commissioned for Irving Centennial depicting 1903 Land Auction? Guy Deel (watch for a post about him and his many accomplishments.)

Day 14 question - Name the artist of the Cattle Drive sculpture in Dallas and two other pieces which were in Irving but one of them has been moved. Texas artist Robert Summers created the Cattle Drive sculpture. He also created the Byron Nelson at the Four Seasons and the Tom Landry, moved from Texas Stadium to Cowboy Stadium in Arlington.

Day 15 question - Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center. Name the three main buildings and identify the one in the photo. J.O. Davis house, Sam Green house, and the one in the photo is the Bear Creek Masonic Lodge #263 (but Masonic Lodge was all that was needed).

WINNER THIS WEEK'S DRAWING - Patty Caperton
Congratulations, Patty. We purchased a $25 gift card at Big State Fountain Grill and it will be mailed to you next week.
Thanks for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Bonus question - How many of Irving's five high schools were just named as "Best High Schools in the U.S."?

Four more days next week of Irving Trivia, starting Monday..

Irving Trivia - Day 15 - Friday - April 24There are 3 museum buildings at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center...
04/24/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 15 - Friday - April 24
There are 3 museum buildings at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center in Irving. Can you name them and which one is in this photo? Enter your answer below by 11pm today for a weekly prize drawing.

Don't forget to like the Irving Heritage Society page. Answers and weekly winner's name published on Sat. One more week in April to play Irving Trivia. Thank you for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Irving Trivia - Day 14 - Thurs. - April 23The "Cattle Drive" sculpture in downtown Dallas is by what artist:  Robert Ree...
04/23/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 14 - Thurs. - April 23
The "Cattle Drive" sculpture in downtown Dallas is by what artist: Robert Reed, Robert Summers, Robert Glen, or Robert Williams? He had two other public art sculptures in Irving. One is no longer here. Name the artist and the two Irving art pieces. Enter your answers in remarks below by 11pm tonight.

Irving Trivia continues weekdays through the end of April. Weekly prizes plus a grand prize. Thanks for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Looking back at 2016 Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.....a very busy year. Ten teams for Irving Trivia.  ICVB d...
04/23/2020

Looking back at 2016 Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.....a very busy year. Ten teams for Irving Trivia. ICVB defeated the La Cima Heritage Committee. Team Maura Gast, Diana Pfaff, Joe Philipp, Robert Martinez and David Cole filling in for Robert in the finals.

We also had several Google Hangouts, an art workshop and guest artist was Will Moses which was a whole big deal just around that programming. Maybe we need a trivia question about Will this week!!!

Thanks for playing Irving Trivia with us on Facebook. We just couldn't let a year go by without some trivia fun.

Irving Trivia -Day 13 - April 22Who was the artist of the painting commissioned for the Irving Centennial depicting the ...
04/22/2020

Irving Trivia -Day 13 - April 22
Who was the artist of the painting commissioned for the Irving Centennial depicting the 1903 land auction?

Enter your answer below by 11pm tonight. Weekly drawings of correct answers. Play now through the end of April weekdays. Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Irving Trivia - Day 12 - Tuesday - April 21Three part question:1. What is the name of the President of the Irving Indepe...
04/21/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 12 - Tuesday - April 21
Three part question:
1. What is the name of the President of the Irving Independent School District Board?
2. How many serve on the IISD Board?
3. Name the IISD Board members.

Enter your answers below by 11pm tonight. Correct entries will be put into a weekly drawing as well as a grand prize at the end of April. Thank you for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Photo of painting of "Recess at Old Red" school by Mrs. Pete Fernandez.

Irving Trivia - Day 11 - Monday - April 20In the Washington Irving story of Rip Van Winkle, how many years did he sleep ...
04/20/2020

Irving Trivia - Day 11 - Monday - April 20
In the Washington Irving story of Rip Van Winkle, how many years did he sleep and in which mountain range? Need both answers listed correctly by 11pm tonight.

Be sure to like the Irving Heritage Society page. Answers and winning name drawn will be advised on Sat. Thank you for Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

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303 South O'Connor Rd
Irving, TX
75060

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The Irving Heritage Society was founded in 1978 as an outgrowth of the American Bicentennial Commission. Mr. and Mrs. Neill English and Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Bates, who directed the Commission, realized a permanent organization was needed to support a renewed interest in history, especially local history, and to maintain and preserve Heritage House. That same year, the Heritage Society was launched at the first vintage Valentine Tea on February 14.

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Great photos, Mary!!
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does anyone know if the annual arbor day celebration in heritage park has been canceled this year?
Pamela Slaughter and Mary Higbie are representing the Irving Heritage Society at the ShareTankIrving.
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