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.

Enjoyed the Antique Appraisal at the La Cima Club this week. Always a fascinating event.
07/20/2019

Enjoyed the Antique Appraisal at the La Cima Club this week. Always a fascinating event.

Fascinating info from our friends and neighbors caring for Sowers Cemetery.
07/19/2019

Fascinating info from our friends and neighbors caring for Sowers Cemetery.

‘Telling Their Story’: James Andrew Range. Historical interments in Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas:
James Andrew Range was born in 1863 in Washington Co, TN.
James was the son of John Newton Range and Catherine Klepper Range. Catherine was born and is interred in Jonesborough, Washington Co, TN. No interment information on father John Newton.
John and Catherine Range had 15 children born between 1852 and 1880. 12 children lived to be adults.
James Andrew married Ellen Patterson in 1885 and had two children. After Ellen passed away James and children came to Dallas county in 1888. In 1889 James married Maggie Mouser. Maggie was born in Kentucky and was 16 when they married, James being 10 years her senior. James and Maggie had 8 children.
James’ obituary indicated he had been in failing health for ten years. At his passing in 1910 at age 47, he had 3 brothers and 2 sisters that lived near Irving and they attended his funeral service.
After James’ passing in May 1910 Maggie moved to Lawton Oklahoma in the fall of 1910 with 5 of her 8 children. Maggie married twice more and is interred in Lawton Oklahoma.
Four of James and Maggie’s children are interred at Sowers. Hicks Range passed at 9 months old in 1905. Oldest son, Boyd, was crushed in a railroad accident in Kansas in 1911 while working for a threshing company. Carl passed in 1963 and served as Irving’s postmaster from 1938 until 1956. Clarence passed in 1977 and was a WWI veteran.

Sneak peek.....Nov. 3, Sunday, the Heritage Society will again host the Irving Quilt Guild and their Quilt of Valor proj...
07/19/2019

Sneak peek.....Nov. 3, Sunday, the Heritage Society will again host the Irving Quilt Guild and their Quilt of Valor project. See ICTN video from last year. Plan to join us for this very meaningful exhibit in Nov.

https://youtu.be/7Y9tsYELV1s

Trying to decide which item to take to the Antique Appraisal Thurs. evening. Which one would you like to know more about...
07/18/2019

Trying to decide which item to take to the Antique Appraisal Thurs. evening. Which one would you like to know more about???? Visit the Heritage House on the first Sunday for a free tour at 3p-5pm to see these things for yourself.

Some photos from the 4th of July at Heritage Park and the parade. It is estimated that 300 people went through the depot...
07/14/2019

Some photos from the 4th of July at Heritage Park and the parade. It is estimated that 300 people went through the depot. Have you seen it or Caster Cabin? We are always interested in finding new docents so let us know if you would like to do that.

We are looking forward to attending the La Cima Club Heritage Committee's Antique Appraisal evening coming up on July 18...
07/12/2019

We are looking forward to attending the La Cima Club Heritage Committee's Antique Appraisal evening coming up on July 18. Have you made your reservation? What would you take to have appraised??? A fascinating evening. Call Patti at the La Cima 972-869-2266 by noon on Mon. for details and RSVP.

07/09/2019
Irving Archives & Museum Preview

Check out this sneak peak, courtesy of ICTN, of the work in progress at the soon-to-open Irving Archives & Museum - https://youtu.be/5oU3phP8QSU

The Irving Archives & Museum is set to open later this year. Watch to see some of the construction that is underway.

We love a parade!  And a party in Heritage Park to follow!  Happy Fourth!
07/05/2019

We love a parade! And a party in Heritage Park to follow! Happy Fourth!

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo
07/05/2019

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo

06/17/2019
Heritage Society Fish Fry 2019

Check out this recap of this year's Heritage Society Fish Fry - courtesy of those fine folks at ICTN!
https://youtu.be/0Go1leXhVDg

Despite the possibility of bad weather, the Heritage Society held their annual fish fry in Heritage Park recently. And, despite the threat of bad weather, at...

Orientation meeting and sharing information with some of our newest board members.
06/17/2019

Orientation meeting and sharing information with some of our newest board members.

First board meeting of the year with Linda Wood Shotwell as president. Off to a great start. Fancy lunch served by Gary ...
06/17/2019

First board meeting of the year with Linda Wood Shotwell as president. Off to a great start. Fancy lunch served by Gary Schepf, Cynthia Sharp and Barbara Terrill.

Sowers Cemetery Association
06/07/2019

Sowers Cemetery Association

‘Telling Their Story’: James Albert Pepin. Historical interment in Sowers Cemetery in Irving, Texas:
James Albert Pepin was born in Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa in 1930. His parents were Albert B. and Mae Pepin both interred at Sowers. They had a total of 5 children. James’ father, Albert B. Pepin, was a Corporal in the US Army in WW I. James attended East High School in Des Moines and entered the Airforce about 1950 during the Korean War. As a teenager he enjoyed swimming, roller-skating and playing his guitar. He married Lucy Ellen Lightner Pepin and they had four children. James was working as an engineer at Recognition Equipment when he died of a heart condition at the age of 47.
Interesting Aside: James’ Headstone reads that he was in WWII but that is incorrect. He served in the Korean War.

05/24/2019
The BURB

Check out one of Irving's treasurers on June 2 for the tours at 3pm and 4pm.....and did we say FREE? Yes. Save time for Mary's Playhouse as well.

THE HERITAGE HOUSE & MARY'S PLAYHOUSE

The Heritage House will be open for free tours on Sunday, June 2, from 3pm-5pm, with docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House was built in 1912 for the C.P. Schulze family. It is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.

Mary’s Playhouse in the backyard garden area is now open for visitors as well. Originally built as a chicken coop, this building was adapted as a playhouse for young Mary Schulze in the 1920s. Many original toys and items are included in the display.

Group tours may also be arranged for alternate days and time. Call 972-252-3838 for details.

To see photos of the Heritage House, visit www.irvingheritage.com. For more information, contact 972-252-3838.

Visit the Heritage House on Sunday, June 2, for docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Admission is free and it includes Mary'...
05/13/2019

Visit the Heritage House on Sunday, June 2, for docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Admission is free and it includes Mary's Playhouse in the back garden area as well. Built in 1912, the Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark and located at 303 South O'Connor.

05/12/2019
Ice Cream Social at the Heritage House plus installation of the new board for 2019-2020. Congratulations to all.
05/06/2019

Ice Cream Social at the Heritage House plus installation of the new board for 2019-2020. Congratulations to all.

Found a couple of more fish fry photos to share.
05/06/2019

Found a couple of more fish fry photos to share.

Sunday, May 5, installation of officers and ice cream social at the Heritage House, 303 South O'Connor at 2pm.  Free.  S...
05/05/2019

Sunday, May 5, installation of officers and ice cream social at the Heritage House, 303 South O'Connor at 2pm. Free. Stop by and join us for some Blue Bell. Free tours of the Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse. (Photo credit Melanie Stopfer.)

05/05/2019

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a fish fry and Marvin called. He said on Thurs. it would be good to hold it. Thanks to the many supporters who came and enjoyed time with friends in addition to the good food. The many sponsors and especially Marvin Randle and his crew are so appreciated.

A beautiful evening, so many friends, and great food. Perhaps the best one ever.
05/04/2019

A beautiful evening, so many friends, and great food. Perhaps the best one ever.

05/03/2019

Heritage Society Fish Fry is a GO. Sun is out, Marvin is starting to cook the fish and sides. Join us this afternoon at Heritage Park on Main Street ....217 S. Main to be exact. While we planned 5pm-7pm, we are going to start serving some early at 4pm to keep ahead of any possible rain.

Look forward to seeing you there!

We will be looking for you at the Heritage Society Fish Fry and cake auction at Heritage Park today,May 3. Event is sche...
05/03/2019

We will be looking for you at the Heritage Society Fish Fry and cake auction at Heritage Park today,May 3. Event is scheduled for 5pm-7pm. Depending on the weather, we could start a bit earlier. Watch for any posting or check website www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838. Caster Cabin and Depot will be open for free tours. Tickets required for fish fry....gate tickets are $15.

We have decided to wait until tomorrow (Friday) May 3 and make a decision about the Heritage Society fish fry scheduled ...
05/02/2019

We have decided to wait until tomorrow (Friday) May 3 and make a decision about the Heritage Society fish fry scheduled for Fri, May 3. It will be held at the Heritage Park location only. No alternate location. If the weather is too bad and we must cancel it, the fish fry will be held one week from Fri. on May 10th at Heritage Park 5pm-7pm. Updates also posted at 972-252-3838. Thank you for your support of the 15th Annual Heritage Society Fish Fry. It is always a great event with many friends.

Drawing for teams line up at Irving Trivia on Sat., April 27, in the former Central Library auditorium, 801 W. Irving Bl...
04/23/2019

Drawing for teams line up at Irving Trivia on Sat., April 27, in the former Central Library auditorium, 801 W. Irving Blvd. at 9:30am. Will the Abecedarians take home the trophy again??? Join us Sat. morning to find out. Breakfast snacks and fun. Thanks to Big State Fountain Grill for their hospitality for the drawing due to a special tour at the Heritage House tonight. April is filled with busy days for the Irving Heritage Society.

Sat. afternoon Chautauqua program at the South Library, arranged by Mary Archer. Well done program by John Dennis Anders...
04/20/2019

Sat. afternoon Chautauqua program at the South Library, arranged by Mary Archer. Well done program by John Dennis Anderson as Washington Irving as part of the Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

A rainy Sat. morning found "Washington Irving" sharing one of his stories with the help of a young audience at the Irvin...
04/20/2019

A rainy Sat. morning found "Washington Irving" sharing one of his stories with the help of a young audience at the Irving Arts Center. Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man continues.

As part of the Celebrating Irving events, last weekend was the reception at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, hosted ...
04/20/2019

As part of the Celebrating Irving events, last weekend was the reception at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, hosted by the Irving Art Association. Beautiful artwork, lovely music by an ensemble from the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, reflections by former Mayor Bobby Joe Raper, and build your own sundaes. Exhibits of "Irving Memories" continues until April 26 at Jaycee Park.

Congratulations to Heritage Society members Lyle and Sybil Novinski on receiving the High Spirited Citizen Award Thurs. ...
04/20/2019

Congratulations to Heritage Society members Lyle and Sybil Novinski on receiving the High Spirited Citizen Award Thurs. at the City Council meeting. Well deserved!

Enjoyed a couple of meals with Washington Irving when he was in Irving this weekend! Can you figure out the two location...
04/17/2019

Enjoyed a couple of meals with Washington Irving when he was in Irving this weekend! Can you figure out the two locations?

It was so great to have "Cruisin' Through Irving History With Rick Fairless at our April First Sunday Heritage House Tou...
04/17/2019

It was so great to have "Cruisin' Through Irving History With Rick Fairless at our April First Sunday Heritage House Tour. So special. Enjoyed meeting those who came to see the bikes and the house.

You belong in this picture! Calling all trivia players. Time to sign up for the One Day Irving Trivia Contest.  It will ...
04/08/2019

You belong in this picture! Calling all trivia players. Time to sign up for the One Day Irving Trivia Contest. It will be held on Sat., April 27, starting at 9:30am in the auditorium of the former Central Library and the future home of the Irving Archives and Museum, 801 W. Irving Blvd. Teams may be up to 4 players.

We have only one rule....you may not cheat. Do not have to live in Irving, may be on more than one team, answer all questions as a group...and have lots of fun. Part of the Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man. Team applications due April 22. Get a form and info from www.irvingheritage.com. If you want to join a team, let us know. Extra players may be needed to fill a team though less than 4 may play as well. Lots of laughter and fun promised plus breakfast snacks and prizes.

Friends and Family Game Night was a hit. Met many new friends at Lively Pointe Fri. evening for the first Celebrating Ir...
04/07/2019

Friends and Family Game Night was a hit. Met many new friends at Lively Pointe Fri. evening for the first Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man event. Food, fun, friends, and prizes. Great dancers from Thomas Haley.

April board meeting. Lunch by Patrick Shields, Chris Strange and Gail Norris....and iFratelli. Delicious and great desse...
04/07/2019

April board meeting. Lunch by Patrick Shields, Chris Strange and Gail Norris....and iFratelli. Delicious and great desserts. Nominations for next year were on the agenda.

It's official....Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man events are beginning. Thanks to Mayor Rick Stopfer and the cou...
04/07/2019

It's official....Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man events are beginning. Thanks to Mayor Rick Stopfer and the council for the proclamation.

Today is the day.....Have lunch at Big State and then meet Rick Fairless at the Heritage House, 303 South O'Connor. Stop...
04/07/2019

Today is the day.....Have lunch at Big State and then meet Rick Fairless at the Heritage House, 303 South O'Connor. Stop by to say hello and check out one of his bike. Tours 3pm--5pm with docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Tours are free, meeting Rick is priceless!!!

"Cruisin' Through Irving History" with Rick Fairless, owner of Big State Fountain Grill and Strokers Dallas, will be on ...
04/04/2019

"Cruisin' Through Irving History" with Rick Fairless, owner of Big State Fountain Grill and Strokers Dallas, will be on hand Sun., April 7, during the monthly tours at the Heritage House, 303 South O'Connor. Tours are free and conversation with Rick is priceless!!! Stop by Big State for lunch and come to the Heritage House 3pm-5pm. Docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Check out Mary's Playhouse in the garden area as well.

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo
04/04/2019

Irving Heritage Society's cover photo

Friends and Family Game Night - Creating Memories.One of our friends said it best - Bridging the gap for our youth and k...
04/04/2019

Friends and Family Game Night - Creating Memories.

One of our friends said it best - Bridging the gap for our youth and knowing the richness of our legacy. Enjoy the performance by the 1st and 2nd graders from Thomas Haley on Fri., April 5, with fun starting at 6pm-8:30pm. Food, prizes, and free. Youth 11 and young need to have an adult with them. Part of the Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man.

Gathering things for Friends and Family Game Night.Fri., April 5, Lively Pointe, 909 N. O'Connor, 6pm-8:30pm.......all f...
04/04/2019

Gathering things for Friends and Family Game Night.Fri., April 5, Lively Pointe, 909 N. O'Connor, 6pm-8:30pm.......all free. Youth 11 and under need to have an adult with them. Food, prizes, fun and free. Creating memories. Part of the Celebrating Irving April events.

Busy getting things ready for Fri., April 5, Friends and Family Game Night at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O'Conno...
04/04/2019

Busy getting things ready for Fri., April 5, Friends and Family Game Night at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O'Connor. Fun begins at 6pm - 8:30pm. Free, food, and prizes. Youth 11 years and younger need to bring an adult and we have games that they will enjoy as well.

We are excited to announce that entertainment at the Friends and Family Game Night will include 1st and 2nd grade dancer...
04/03/2019

We are excited to announce that entertainment at the Friends and Family Game Night will include 1st and 2nd grade dancers from Thomas Haley under the direction of Ms. Chavez and Ms Perry will be performing for us on Fri.,April 5. They will include the Un Poco Loco . The evening fun begins at 6pm - 8:30pm with prizes, food, and it is all free. Bring your friends and family and join the Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O'Connor.

Kaye Ward received the Community Builder Award from the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 at the Heritage Society program Monda...
03/27/2019

Kaye Ward received the Community Builder Award from the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218 at the Heritage Society program Monday evening for her many years of service to various community projects and organizations. Congratulations, Kaye and thanks for being such a great supporter of the Irving Heritage Society as well.

Standing room only audience for the program Mon. on the history of the Masonic Lodges in our community.  Representatives...
03/27/2019

Standing room only audience for the program Mon. on the history of the Masonic Lodges in our community. Representatives of the Estelle Lodge #582, Irving Lodge #1218, and Gilbert Grove PHA Lodge #263 were on hand to share some of the history and community involvement of their group. Kaye Ward received the Community Builders Award from the Irving Masonic Lodge #1218.

Join us for Friends and Family Game Night at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N.O'Connor Road, on Fri., April 5 from 6pm-...
03/27/2019

Join us for Friends and Family Game Night at Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N.O'Connor Road, on Fri., April 5 from 6pm-8pm. Card and board games, old and new, and some with a new twist. Food, prizes and surprises. Youth 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult...and adults may play the games as well! Everything is free. Part of the Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man April events with support from Lively Pointe and many others.

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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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