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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One of the Masonic Lodges to present during the program Mon., March 25, at 7pm, 801 West Irving Blvd. (former Central Li...
03/19/2019

One of the Masonic Lodges to present during the program Mon., March 25, at 7pm, 801 West Irving Blvd. (former Central Library) will be the Gilbert Grove No. 263 -PHA Masonic Lodge. They are connected to the Masonic Hall at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center. Plan to attend to learn more from our new friends Tony Pedroza and Terrance Sauls.

When some people say "1218", they may be referring to the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218.  Mon., March 25, members of 3 Maso...
03/18/2019

When some people say "1218", they may be referring to the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218. Mon., March 25, members of 3 Masonic Lodges with connections to Irving, Texas, will be the Heritage Society program at 7pm, in the former Central Library Building, 801 West Irving Blvd. Come and hear about their history and involvement in our community. Photos is the ground breaking or perhaps dedication of #1218's building at 2nd St. and Jefferson in 1949. Recognize anyone? Photo from the Irving Archives.

Always a busy first Fri. board meeting for the Heritage Society.  Preparing for the first Sunday Heritage House / Mary's...
03/02/2019

Always a busy first Fri. board meeting for the Heritage Society. Preparing for the first Sunday Heritage House / Mary's Playhouse tours tomorrow on Mar. 3 from 3pm - 5 pm. Later will be a program on the Masonic Lodges in our community on March 25, Celebrating Irving in April and then the fish fry May 3.

Sowers Cemetery Association
02/23/2019

Sowers Cemetery Association

Information about Jonathan and Sophronia Story: Born in Illinois, in 1846 Jonathan served in the Mexican American war before returning home to marry Sophronia Hunsaker. In 1855 he moved by wagon with many members of the Story family to Texas, settling in Kit, now downtown Irving. In 1855 he traded a pony worth about $40 for 320 acres of land and a cabin. In 1861 he joined the Cavalry branch of the army of the Confederacy and served 4 years with Darnell’s command out of Dallas. He said they could make him serve, but he would not kill his brothers. So rather than carry a gun, they put him in charge of the horses. Many horses were shot around him, but he never received a single wound. He said it was Sophronia's prayers that saved him. Jonathan eventually settling north west of Kit near the Finley Post Office, between current day Northgate to the north and Grauwyler to the south. His neighbor to the west was Nicholas Farine who came to Texas from France in 1855.

Any day is a great day to shop and eat in downtown Irving.
02/17/2019

Any day is a great day to shop and eat in downtown Irving.

Come celebrate Texas Independence Day early in Irving's Heritage Crossing District on March 1, which is First Friday Date Night. Bring your friends for dinner and let's have fun and support our locally owned businesses. The first 50 women will receive their own Yellow Rose of Texas!

02/17/2019
Vintage Valentine Tea & Heritage House Improvements

In case you did not catch ICTN's report on the Valentine Tea, here is the link. Congratulations again to Oscar and Kaye Ward as chosen the 2019 Sweethearts.

https://youtu.be/IohOSvXiKrg

The Irving Heritage Society hosted the Vintage Valentine Tea at the Heritage House. It celebrates the 105th Anniversary of the original housewarming, and is ...

In spite of the cold and wet weather, over 110 guests came to our annual Valentine Tea on Sunday. As usual, great refres...
02/14/2019

In spite of the cold and wet weather, over 110 guests came to our annual Valentine Tea on Sunday. As usual, great refreshments as well as interesting conversations. Many very young guests and first time visitors. Oscar and Kaye Ward were surprised when it was announced that they were selected as the Heritage Society 2019 Sweethearts. Their list of involvement for the betterment of the organization is quite long. Congratulations and well deserved.

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02/02/2019

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What is your favorite soup on a cold day?  At the Heritage Society board meeting Friday, we had two to try.
02/02/2019

What is your favorite soup on a cold day? At the Heritage Society board meeting Friday, we had two to try.

Our general meeting/program was held at Joe's Coffee Shop this week with guest speaker (and Heritage Society member) Jen...
02/02/2019

Our general meeting/program was held at Joe's Coffee Shop this week with guest speaker (and Heritage Society member) Jennifer Landry. She is the Director of the Irving Museums and presented a great up-to-date report on the Irving Archives and Museum to a full house of members and guests. Great time to celebrate Joe's 50th Anniversary as well.

First Fri. board meeting and the luncheon hosts had various soups.  Perfect for this weather! Lots of exciting things on...
02/02/2019

First Fri. board meeting and the luncheon hosts had various soups. Perfect for this weather! Lots of exciting things on the agenda like the upcoming Valentine Tea on Feb. 10. Society has added a donate/payment link to our website. And be watching for a new project of how you can sponsor a vintage photo on a deck of cards.

Celebrating Irving will be co-hosting a special Irving Friends and Family Game Night at the Lively Point Youth Center on...
02/02/2019

Celebrating Irving will be co-hosting a special Irving Friends and Family Game Night at the Lively Point Youth Center on Fri., April 5. Mark your calendars now. Committee working on details....it is going to be a fun evening with food and prizes.

The spaghetti supper reservations are all filled with a waiting list for Tues., Jan. 29, at Joe's Coffee Shop, 425 West ...
01/24/2019

The spaghetti supper reservations are all filled with a waiting list for Tues., Jan. 29, at Joe's Coffee Shop, 425 West Irving Blvd. But we would love to have you join us at 7pm for our meeting/program on the update of the Irving Archives and Museum by Director of Irving Museums, Jennifer Landry. Hope to see you there.

Jan. 29 spaghetti supper reservation list is full now.  You  may still join us at 7pm for the program on the future Irvi...
01/22/2019
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Jan. 29 spaghetti supper reservation list is full now. You may still join us at 7pm for the program on the future Irving Archives and Museum.

SAVE THE DATES
Here are some dates to put on your calendars for 2019 from the Heritage Society.
Details as we get closer to each one.

First up will be a spaghetti supper at Joe's Coffee Shop, 425 West Irving Blvd. on Jan. 29th at 6:30pm. Supper is FREE to Heritage Society members; other guests $5.
Reservations needed by Jan. 22 to Mary Higbie 972-252-3838 or respond [email protected]. Seating is limited.

There will be door prizes including a couple of full sized Joe's pies
(which we all hope to win!!!).

Jennifer Landry, Director of Irving Museums, will present the program at 7pm following a Heritage Society brief general meeting. She will provide an update of the soon to be opened Irving Archives and Museum. Museum soft opening in a few months, and the official opening Oct, 2019. Come to hear the most recent plans for this exciting museum and SparkLab.

SAVE THE DATES ~ 2019 ~ IRVING HERITAGE SOCIETY
Tues., Jan. 29 – Spaghetti Supper 6:30pm, General meeting/program 7pm
Joe’s Coffee Shop, 425 West Irving Blvd.- Irving Archives and Museum Update
Sun., Feb. 10 – Vintage Valentine Tea 2pm-4pm, 303 S. O’Connor - free
Mar. “Masonic Lodge History in our Community – Date to be advised
Sun., Mar. 3 - Heritage House/Mary’s Playhouse Tours – 3pm-5pm
Fri., April 5 – Celebrating Irving Family and Friends Game Night-details soon
Sun., April 7 – Heritage House/Mary’s Playhouse Tours – 3pm-5pm
Special Feature - Cruisin’ Through Irving History with Rick Fairless
Sat., April 13 – Washington Irving Chautauqua Program-2pm-South Library
Sun., April 14 - Celebrating Irving Art Exhibit Reception 2pm-4pm
Jaycee Center for the Arts, 1976 Puritan
Sat., April 27 – One Day Irving Trivia - 9am - Irving Archives and Museum
Auditorium, 801 West Irving Blvd. Community Teams Welcomed.
Fri., May 3 - The 15th Annual Fish Fry – Heritage Park – Tickets Required
Sun., May 5 – General Meeting/Election/Installation/Ice Cream Social – 2pm
Heritage House front yard, 303 South O’Connor

For more information: www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838

01/15/2019
Washington Irving Society

Washington Irving Society

CFP: Celebrating THE SKETCH BOOK

In honor of the 200th anniversary of THE SKETCH BOOK (1819-1820), which includes the legendary stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the Washington Irving Society invites proposals for any topic related to the book for the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, May 23-26, 2019.

Please send an abstract of 250 words plus a brief bio to Dr. Sean Keck at [email protected] by January 15, 2019. That's today before 11:59 p.m., West Coast time.

For more information about ALA and the WIS, please see americanliteratureassociation.org and irvingsociety.wordpress.com.

Here are some dates to put on your calendars for 2019 from the Heritage Society.  Details as we get closer to each one.F...
01/13/2019
Irving Heritage Society

Here are some dates to put on your calendars for 2019 from the Heritage Society. Details as we get closer to each one.

First up will be a spaghetti supper at Joe's Coffee Shop on Jan. 29th at 6:30pm. Supper is FREE to Heritage Society members, others $5. Reservations needed by Jan. 22 to 972-252-3838 or respond to [email protected]. Seating is limited.

There will be door prizes including a couple of full sized Joe's pies (which we all hope to win!!!).

Jennifer Landry, Director of Irving Museums, will present the program at 7pm following a Heritage Society brief general meeting. She will provide an update of the soon to be opened Irving Archives and Museum. Museum soft opening in a few months, and the official opening Oct, 2019. Come to hear the most recent plans for this exciting museum and SparkLab.

SAVE THE DATES ~ 2019 ~ IRVING HERITAGE SOCIETY

Tues., Jan. 29 – Spaghetti Supper 6:30pm, General meeting/program 7pm

Joe’s Coffee Shop, 425 West Irving Blvd.- Irving Archives and Museum Update

Sun., Feb. 10 – Vintage Valentine Tea 2pm-4pm, 303 S. O’Connor - free

Mar. “Masonic Lodge History in our Community – Date to be advised

Sun., Mar. 3 - Heritage House/Mary’s Playhouse Tours – 3pm-5pm

Fri., April 5 – Celebrating Irving Family and Friends Game Night-details soon

Sun., April 7 – Heritage House/Mary’s Playhouse Tours – 3pm-5pm

Special Feature - Cruisin’ Through Irving History with Rick Fairless

Sat., April 13 – Washington Irving Chautauqua Program-2pm-South Library

Sun., April 14 - Celebrating Irving Art Exhibit Reception 2pm-4pm

Jaycee Center for the Arts, 1976 Puritan

Sat., April 27 – One Day Irving Trivia - 9am - Irving Archives and Museum

Auditorium, 801 West Irving Blvd. Community Teams Welcomed.

Fri., May 3 - The 15th Annual Fish Fry – Heritage Park – Tickets Required

Sun., May 5 – General Meeting/Election/Installation/Ice Cream Social – 2pm

Heritage House front yard, 303 South O’Connor

For more information: www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838

Learn about the Society and its activities.Learn about the history of the City of Irving and also the Heritage House. Learn about the history of the Irving Independent School District.A historical look into Irving schools.Future Society activities. A list of current officers, directors, and committe...

Friday board meeting.  Lunch prepared by 3 guys and a gal. Special guest Stephanie Hamilton  They own 2 businesses in Ir...
01/06/2019

Friday board meeting. Lunch prepared by 3 guys and a gal. Special guest Stephanie Hamilton They own 2 businesses in Irving and both are corporate members. Exciting business taken care of involving donation to the upcoming Irving Archives and Museum. Next up will be a general meeting on Jan. 29 at Joe's Coffee Shop to learn more about the new museum. Watch for details

New Heritage Society committee formed of several presidents and treasurer. This is a hard working group..  Linda Linda W...
01/04/2019

New Heritage Society committee formed of several presidents and treasurer. This is a hard working group.. Linda Linda Wood Shotwell and Lea Bailey had left before camera was brought out.

President Philip Prince and past President Lea Bailey taking down the Christmas tree at the Arts Center.  Thanks to the ...
01/04/2019

President Philip Prince and past President Lea Bailey taking down the Christmas tree at the Arts Center. Thanks to the hard working committee, led by Lea Bailey, for a great tree.

Found this while working in the archives. Love it and thought perhaps you would too.  Merry Christmas to all.
12/23/2018

Found this while working in the archives. Love it and thought perhaps you would too. Merry Christmas to all.

Many hours of planning, several weeks of learning opportunity classes, and last night we were thrilled to be awarded $1,...
12/15/2018

Many hours of planning, several weeks of learning opportunity classes, and last night we were thrilled to be awarded $1,000 for our upcoming Celebrating Irving project. We will be partnering with the Lively Point Youth Center. Stay tuned! Thank you to Irving Share Tank and all.

Festive decorations at the Heritage House, delicious lunch, new directors and corporate member as guest.  Great Heritage...
12/10/2018

Festive decorations at the Heritage House, delicious lunch, new directors and corporate member as guest. Great Heritage board meeting Fri. Next up will be our general meeting Jan. 29 with Jennifer Landry of the Irving Archives and Museum as our guest speaker.

Busy night at the Heritage Society table at the Irving Arts Center Open House
12/10/2018

Busy night at the Heritage Society table at the Irving Arts Center Open House

We know it is only Dec. but we are already planning for the Vintage Valentine Tea on Feb. 10 at the Heritage House.  Mar...
12/06/2018

We know it is only Dec. but we are already planning for the Vintage Valentine Tea on Feb. 10 at the Heritage House. Mark your new calendars now!

First Sunday tour day at the Heritage House. All decorated for Christmas, thanks to Barbara Terrill and Cynthia Sharp. O...
12/03/2018

First Sunday tour day at the Heritage House. All decorated for Christmas, thanks to Barbara Terrill and Cynthia Sharp. Other docents today included Corine Barberena, Carol Lucas, and Anne Pfaff......ready to share the history of the Heritage House.

Beautiful decorations on the Heritage House.....thanks to the Parks Department.
11/28/2018

Beautiful decorations on the Heritage House.....thanks to the Parks Department.

Nominating committee meeting.  Chair Linda Shotwell using her persuasive charm on a phone call to a prospective new boar...
11/28/2018

Nominating committee meeting. Chair Linda Shotwell using her persuasive charm on a phone call to a prospective new board member. Nancie Rissing was on hand to add encouragement. Even at working committee meetings, we seem to find fun!

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11/26/2018

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11/25/2018

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The Heritage Society put up a tree at the Irving Arts Center celebrating the "Stars of Irving."  Stop by to see it and c...
11/25/2018

The Heritage Society put up a tree at the Irving Arts Center celebrating the "Stars of Irving." Stop by to see it and check out the "stars." Thanks to a great committee chaired by Lea Bailey.

Make shopping easy today.  Use Amazon and remember the Irving Heritage Society smile.amazon.com/ch/75-1621049  After you...
11/23/2018

Make shopping easy today. Use Amazon and remember the Irving Heritage Society smile.amazon.com/ch/75-1621049 After you shop, they donate. Thanks!

Heritage Society committee  met to discuss the tree to be decorated at the Arts Center.  It is chaired by Lea Bailey wit...
11/23/2018

Heritage Society committee met to discuss the tree to be decorated at the Arts Center. It is chaired by Lea Bailey with lots of creative people to help!

After learning so much in the classes, today was "pitch" day for ShareTank. Here are the before/after photos.  Notice th...
11/16/2018

After learning so much in the classes, today was "pitch" day for ShareTank. Here are the before/after photos. Notice the more relaxed smiles afterwards! Thanks, Irving ShareTank for the opportunity!

11/10/2018
Arts Revue - Veteran’s Day at Heritage House: “The Hump”

Great and interesting exhibit last Sunday about "Flying The Hump" thanks to Diane Willis. Here is a piece by Irving Community Television Network about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plqGuMg3nGg

Heritage House will be open on Dec. 2 from 3pm-5pm and decorated for Christmas.

The Irving Heritage House serves as a gathering place and a home to the history of the culture of the city. Recently, the Irving Heritage Society hosted a sm...

Already working on plans for the Valentine Tea on Feb. 10,2019.  Nancie Rissing will chair with the help of some great v...
11/07/2018

Already working on plans for the Valentine Tea on Feb. 10,2019. Nancie Rissing will chair with the help of some great volunteers!

Great exhibit last Sunday of the pilot who flew "The Hump". Every family group who visited the Heritage House that day c...
11/07/2018

Great exhibit last Sunday of the pilot who flew "The Hump". Every family group who visited the Heritage House that day came in with a comment - "my father/grandfather/uncle flew The Hump." Interesting stories.

Reminder of special exhibit tomorrow (Sun), Nov. 4 at the Heritage House 3pm-5pm, 303 South O'Connor.  It will include i...
11/03/2018

Reminder of special exhibit tomorrow (Sun), Nov. 4 at the Heritage House 3pm-5pm, 303 South O'Connor. It will include information on the story of being one of the pilots who flew "The Hump" during World War II. Now if you don't know that part of our history, be sure to stop by. All visitors also get a complimentary copy of the history book of Irving Rails to Wings. Tour and book are free. Open to the public so be sure to check out Mary's Playhouse as well.

Board meeting day for the Heritage Society yesterday.  Next up will be the Heritage House/Mary's Playhouse tours tomorro...
11/03/2018

Board meeting day for the Heritage Society yesterday. Next up will be the Heritage House/Mary's Playhouse tours tomorrow, Sun., Nov. 4, 3pm-5pm with special exhibit about "Flying the Hump". Hope to see you there!

Good crowd at our general meeting and program by Lt. Col. Bruce Bleakly, USAF (retired).  Made many new friends and grea...
10/29/2018

Good crowd at our general meeting and program by Lt. Col. Bruce Bleakly, USAF (retired). Made many new friends and great to see long standing members. Program co-hosted by the Irving Public Library.

Part of the nominating committee at work this weekend.  Chair is President-Elect Linda Shotwell.
10/28/2018

Part of the nominating committee at work this weekend. Chair is President-Elect Linda Shotwell.

Look forward to seeing you at the Heritage Society meeting and program tomorrow (Sun) at the South Library, 601  Schulze...
10/27/2018

Look forward to seeing you at the Heritage Society meeting and program tomorrow (Sun) at the South Library, 601 Schulze Dr. New member reception 1:45pm, meeting at 2:15pm, and program co-sponsored by the library at 2:30pm. Lt. Col. Bleakley presents DFW: Ranch and Farm to Airport. Public is invited.

Lt. Col Bleakley is the former Executive Director of the San Diego Aerospace Museum and former Museum Director of the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas.

Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man committee meeting.  We have such fun as we work!  Note April 2019, we have som...
10/26/2018

Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man committee meeting. We have such fun as we work! Note April 2019, we have some special things planned for that month.

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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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