Irving Archives and Museum

Irving Archives and Museum The place to learn about Irving’s story of development, the future Irving Archives and Museum will be a place to see how we got where we are and imagine how we can shape the future.

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!This young lady crosses Main St. about 1914.  In the background are the Irving State Ba...
06/08/2020

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

This young lady crosses Main St. about 1914. In the background are the Irving State Bank building and Miller and Duckworth’s general merchandise store.

💫 Let's Explore Irving's History!Members of the Shady Grove C.M.E.(Christian Methodist Episcopal) Church in Bear Creek c...
06/01/2020

💫 Let's Explore Irving's History!

Members of the Shady Grove C.M.E.(Christian Methodist Episcopal) Church in Bear Creek celebrate the congregations 100 anniversary in 1989.

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!Members of the second grade percussion band at Sowers School, 1946.  The Sowers School ...
05/27/2020

💫 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!

thinkIndia Foundation
05/22/2020

thinkIndia Foundation

FREE tonight, 8pm CDT, our India a la Art guest speaker, physician & yoga teacher Dr. Nick Shroff, who presented the topic "Fun Energizing Chair Yoga for All" on Feb 22 at Irving Archives and Museum, will be presenting this FREE live-stream session!
To register, go to www.jkyog.org/healthwebinar
then the Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87627686314

Gotta love museum humor!
05/18/2020

Gotta love museum humor!

05/18/2020
International Museum Day - thinkIndia Poetry exhibit

Today is International Museum Day! Our community partners, the thinkIndia Foundation, recently created this wonderful look at the poetry portion of the exhibit, India a la Art. We might not be able to gather and celebrate International Museum Day together this year but this video provides an example of the exciting activities to come at IAM.

It’s National Nurses & Hospital Week! Join us in celebrating all medical professionals and hospital volunteers this week...
05/15/2020

It’s National Nurses & Hospital Week! Join us in celebrating all medical professionals and hospital volunteers this week.

Pictured are members of the Irving Hospital Auxiliary, also known as Candy Stripers due to the red stripes on their aprons, attended the Irving Community Hospital groundbreaking, 1962.

It’s National Nurses & Hospital Week! We are celebrating all medical professionals this week.Pictured is Dr. Clay Gilber...
05/14/2020

It’s National Nurses & Hospital Week! We are celebrating all medical professionals this week.

Pictured is Dr. Clay Gilbert, the third of three generations of Irving doctors, tends his young patient, c. 1962. They are three generation of Irvingites from the Gilbert family who were doctors from about 1890-2010.

🎉 It’s National Nurses & Hospital Week, so we want to share some great images from our archives this week. Thank you for...
05/13/2020

🎉 It’s National Nurses & Hospital Week, so we want to share some great images from our archives this week. Thank you for your service all medical professionals.

Picture: Medical personnel and hospital board members dress in surgical gear during the groundbreaking for what was then known as Irving Community Hospital, 1962. Today it is Baylor Scott and White.

🌸 Happy Mother's Day to you all!Let's celebrate moms.  This picture is of the Brown and Haley families posing together, ...
05/10/2020

🌸 Happy Mother's Day to you all!

Let's celebrate moms. This picture is of the Brown and Haley families posing together, c. 1910. Brown was town co-founder and the Haley family were pioneers that arrived here in 1857.

🌸 Let's celebrate moms!Geraldine (Jerry) Lucas with her daughter Carol in 1952.  The Lucas family is a pioneer Irving fa...
05/09/2020

🌸 Let's celebrate moms!

Geraldine (Jerry) Lucas with her daughter Carol in 1952. The Lucas family is a pioneer Irving family. Carol still lives in Irving in the Lucas family home that is pictured here.

🌸 Let's celebrate moms!  This is Gloria Oliver with her children Patrice and Darren in April 1958.  They lived in Bear C...
05/08/2020

🌸 Let's celebrate moms!

This is Gloria Oliver with her children Patrice and Darren in April 1958. They lived in Bear Creek. Mrs. Gloria Oliver is 88 years old and still lives in the Bear Creek community. During the days of segregation, Bear Creek was an African American community on the west side of Irving.

Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Oliver!

🌸 Let's celebrate moms!Virginia Tucker was from Dallas.  She married C.P. Schulze who was the brother of Irving’s other ...
05/06/2020

🌸 Let's celebrate moms!

Virginia Tucker was from Dallas. She married C.P. Schulze who was the brother of Irving’s other co-founder J.O. Schulze. C.P. came here to take over the lumber yard that J.O. had started. Virginia and C.P. built their home on O’Connor in 1912 and today it is the Heritage House.

*Please post a vintage picture of you with your mom on this post.

🌸 Mother's Day picture week!  Here's a picture of our amazing museum director, Jenn Landry, and her mom, Karen.
05/05/2020

🌸 Mother's Day picture week! Here's a picture of our amazing museum director, Jenn Landry, and her mom, Karen.

🌸 In honor of Mother's Day week, we are sharing vintage Mother's Day pictures!This picture is of Netta Barcus Brown. She...
05/04/2020

🌸 In honor of Mother's Day week, we are sharing vintage Mother's Day pictures!

This picture is of Netta Barcus Brown. She was Otis Brown’s wife. He was the co-founder and first mayor of Irving. They had five sons. Lynn, the little one in front, was also the mayor of Irving in the 1960s. They had a house on O’Connor Rd. that still stands today.

*Feel free to share a vintage picture of you with your mom in the comments. We would especially love to see any that are from people who grew up in Irving. Message them to us if they are Irving based pictures.

Missing Spark!Lab at the IAM? Check out this great resource from the Smithsonian Spark!Lab.
04/29/2020
Spark!Lab

Missing Spark!Lab at the IAM? Check out this great resource from the Smithsonian Spark!Lab.

Here to help with distance learning: Spark!Lab Instructables!

We're bringing our most popular invention challenges to you though Tinkercad, an easy-to-use platform for design, electronics and coding. Supplemented by historical 3D content connections from National Museum of American History, kids of all ages can explore the seven steps of the invention process, from concept to sharing their invention. More activities will be added often to Instructables, so check it out and start your invention story!

04/29/2020
Interview: Jenn Landry and Irving 2020

Take a look at our new initiative “Irving 2020: Documenting History Through the Pandemic” in this interview between Cathy Whiteman and IAM Director, Jenn Landry. Thank you to Cathy and ICTN (Irving Community Television Network).

https://youtu.be/U4KZJaCnXUg

We may not be able to leave the house much, but the virtual world is wide open. Jenn Landry, Director of Museums for the City of Irving joins Cathy for a vir...

We miss all of you and hope you are doing well. We will not be reopening on May 1. The safety and well-being of all of o...
04/29/2020

We miss all of you and hope you are doing well. We will not be reopening on May 1. The safety and well-being of all of our visitors and our staff is just too important.

Staff are working hard to develop protocols to ensure a safe environment as well as planning for our grand opening. As we make decisions and start to schedule events, you will be among the first to know. We look forward to welcoming all of you to the IAM, thank you for your continued support!

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!Pictured here are 1940s-era gas pumps.  These pumps were located at what was originally...
04/27/2020

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

Pictured here are 1940s-era gas pumps. These pumps were located at what was originally Range Brothers gas station and later F & J Automotive on First Street (today Irving Blvd.). The Range Brothers opened the station in 1919.

04/27/2020

IAM was honored to partner with the ThinkIndia Foundation to bring the rich artistic traditions of Indian culture to the Irving Archives and Museum during the run of the Smithsonian exhibition, Beyond Bollywood. ThinkIndia recently created this wonderful video capturing the beauty of the exhibition and programming that we were able to host.

💫 Let's explore Irving's history! The Estelle community grew up on and around what today is DFW Airport during the secon...
04/20/2020

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

The Estelle community grew up on and around what today is DFW Airport during the second half of the 19th century. This two-story brick schoolhouse was built in 1916. It served as an elementary school. The high school students rode the bus to Irving High School. The building became unsound and was torn down in the 1940s. The concrete perimeter of the building is exists among the weeds and mesquite trees that now cover the old school grounds.

Sending air hugs to all teachers, students, and parents helping their kids do online school. Teachers are awesome!!!

The IAM team is excited to share the launch of a new initiative – Irving, 2020: Documenting History during the Pandemic....
04/15/2020

The IAM team is excited to share the launch of a new initiative – Irving, 2020: Documenting History during the Pandemic. This collecting initiative will help document the experiences of Irvingites during this historic moment. Much of what we know about previous pandemics and significant historical events is through archives – journals, letters, photographs, and artifacts help tell the human experience and response to such events as we are living in right now.

We would like to encourage you to share the webpage with others and welcome you to share/upload your own experiences to the collection.

https://www.cityofirving.org/3618/Documenting-History

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!Leeonto Nelson and her sister Lorene opened a café in Irving on Irving Blvd. in the ear...
04/14/2020

💫 Let's explore Irving's history!

Leeonto Nelson and her sister Lorene opened a café in Irving on Irving Blvd. in the early 1950s. They called it Lee–Lo’s Café (Lee for Leeonto and Lo for Lorene). In this photo Leeonto’s husband, T. J. (left), poses with a customer.

📌 Don't forget to support our local restaurants during this time. Most are offering curbside pickup and delivery.

💫 Let's Explore Irving's History!This photo includes members of the Irving Fire Department in front of a fire engine in ...
04/06/2020

💫 Let's Explore Irving's History!

This photo includes members of the Irving Fire Department in front of a fire engine in the late 1960s. Today and everyday, we are grateful for our dedicated first responders.

04/03/2020
Irving Heritage Society

Irving Trivia is back! Join the Irving Heritage Society in this fun tradition.

Announcement of the return of the 13th Washington Irving - The Man and the City Trivia Contest

Let's explore Irving's history!This is a view of the interior of a 1950s-era grocery store.  This is Reese’s Food Store ...
04/01/2020

Let's explore Irving's history!

This is a view of the interior of a 1950s-era grocery store. This is Reese’s Food Store that was located on Main Street from 1954 to about 1970.

Can anyone spot toilet paper or Lysol?

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo
04/01/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

Let's explore Irving's history!This photo of Irving’s current city hall was dedicated in 1976. It’s Irving’s third city ...
03/23/2020

Let's explore Irving's history!

This photo of Irving’s current city hall was dedicated in 1976. It’s Irving’s third city hall building. This picture was taken shortly after it opened before the landscaping grew up around the building.

03/20/2020

The IAM may be closed to visitors, but work on the exhibits continues. Today we got to take a test flight of our cockpit experience! We can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo
03/18/2020

Irving Archives and Museum's cover photo

The Irving Archives and Museum will be closed through at least April 5. All public programs are cancelled through May 15...
03/17/2020
Home - Irving Arts Center

The Irving Archives and Museum will be closed through at least April 5. All public programs are cancelled through May 15.

Updates will be posted through social media and our sister organization's website: www.irvingartscenter.com.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

03/13/2020

With the health and wellness of our community as our primary concern, the IAM is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and following recommendations and guidelines of health officials to ensure visitors and staff are safe.

Effective immediately, we are cancelling all museum programs through April 11.

As an additional public health precaution, the museum will be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to allow additional health and safety measures to be implemented. The current plan is to reopen on March 18 but please check our social media and website for updates.

Be well and take care of each other. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Jenn Landry
Director of Museums

03/12/2020

The IAM continues to welcome visitors during our regular hours. We are following guidance from our local health officials and CDC guidelines. However, as a public health precaution, our interactive hands-on Spark!Lab will be closed beginning Friday, March 13 and until further notice. The health and safety of our visitors and staff are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Our community partners at Think India have some great programming planned at IAM throughout March and early April. Be su...
03/04/2020

Our community partners at Think India have some great programming planned at IAM throughout March and early April. Be sure to check out the Smithsonian exhibit Beyond Bollywood at IAM as well!

Come and experience Bengali drama right here in Dallas- see "Mohua" presented by DFW Play on March 7th at 5 pm CST during "India a la Art" at the Irving Archives and Museum! The event is free, but you'll need to register for a seat:

https://ialamohua.eventbrite.com

And while you're doing that, check out some of the other wonderful events we have at "India a la Art"!

www.thinkindiafoundation.eventbrite.com

Antorik - Bengali Organization of Greater Dallas Bengali Association of Dallas - Fort Worth (BA-DFW) Shatarupa Purohit

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801 W. Irving Blvd
Irving, TX
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