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.

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.

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04/04/2019

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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.

Working on plans for Friends and Family Game Night at Lively Pointe Youth Center - April 5, Fri., 6pm-8:30pm. Free - fun...
03/24/2019

Working on plans for Friends and Family Game Night at Lively Pointe Youth Center - April 5, Fri., 6pm-8:30pm. Free - fun, food and prizes. Youth under 11 must be accompanied by an adult, and we have lots of games for the adults to play as well. Hope to see you there.

Do any of you remember playing the card game "Authors"??? And what was your favorite board game as a youth? Join us at t...
03/24/2019

Do any of you remember playing the card game "Authors"??? And what was your favorite board game as a youth? Join us at the Lively Pointe Youth Center on Fri., April 5, from 6pm-8:30pm for a free Friends and Family Game Night. Food and prizes. Youth 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man committee and Lively Pointe Youth Center.

Learning about the History of the Masonic Lodges in our Community Mon., Mar. 25, at 7pm, 801 West Irving Blvd. (former C...
03/24/2019

Learning about the History of the Masonic Lodges in our Community Mon., Mar. 25, at 7pm, 801 West Irving Blvd. (former Central Library). Three lodges will be represented, one dating to mid 1880's. Join us if you can...it will be an interesting evening.

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.

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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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