We are based in the Heritage House, shown above with special decorations for its 100th Anniversary.
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A list of current officers, directors, and committee chairs are found HERE, plus an application for membership as well as a list of former presidents.
Links to other Internet sites in Irving and those with a relation to history are found HERE.
Heritage House Tours
Sunday, August 3
In a bedroom called “The Bride’s Room, ” many wedding gowns spanning several decades, are displayed in the Irving Heritage House. Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House will be open Sunday, August 3, from 3pm – 5pm. Docent led tours begin at 3pm and 4pm. Admission is free. Group tours may also be scheduled on alternate days. The Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.
On display is the 1903 wedding gown, coat and slippers worn by Mrs. J.O. (Agnes Sueppel) Schulze of Iowa City, Iowa. It was custom designed and made by Marshall Field of Chicago. Given by her daughters to the Irving Heritage Society, the gown was lovingly and painstakingly restored by Amy Senter of Irving. It took her about two years to complete this task, finished in 1997.
With wallpaper similar to the original pattern used when the house was built in 1912, this bedroom contains furniture, bed, dresser and washstand originally the property of the Paschal P. Tuckers of Dallas, Mrs. Virginia Schulze’s parents. It is Victorian walnut with burl walnut inlay. The bedspread was crocheted by Mrs. Tucker to fit the bed.
To see photos of the Heritage House, check out Past Events or Archives. For more information, contact 972-252-3838.
Some of the wedding gowns in the “Bride’s Bedroom”
Gown on the chair is from the 1880s.
Irving Heritage Society
elects new officers
Patty Landers Caperton was elected President of the Irving Heritage Society at the June 1 Lemonade on the Porch general meeting. Patty has most recently served as chair of the reconstruction of Mary’s Playhouse located just behind the Heritage House as well as co-chair of the annual Treasures and Oddities sale. Additionally the following officers were elected: Kaye Ward-President Elect, Doug Fox-First Vice President/Membership, Jo-Ann Bresowar-Second Vice President/Programs, Diane Mannon-Third Vice President/Project, Sandra Cole-Recording Secretary, Velma Edwin-Corresponding Secretary, Stacey Martin-Treasurer, Kevin Kendro-Historian, and Janice Carroll-Parliamentarian. New directors include Lea Bailey, Kathy Howard, Rosalie Howard, Patrick Shields, and Vicki Tate. Installation was conducted by former Heritage Society President Chris Wallace.
Guests at the June meeting included Rick and Susan Fairless who shared their vision for the new Big State Fountain Grill.
Additional information on the organization’s activities may be found by calling 972-252-3838.
Front row: Patty Landers Caperton, Velma Edwin, Kaye Ward
Second row: Chris Dobson, Diane Mannon
Third row: Jo-Ann Bresowar, Stacey Martin, Janice Carroll
Back row: Elizabeth Philipp, Chris Wallace, Patrick Shields,
Kathy Howard, Rosalie Jensen, Dan Niemeier, and Anne Pfaff
July 6 Heritage House tour features antique wedding gowns
Back by popular demand, the monthly tour of the Irving Heritage House will feature a display of the bridal gowns of yesteryear. Gowns dating from the 1880s to a mid-century informal gown from the 1950s will be displayed. The 1903 gown, coat, and shoes ensemble of Agnes Sueppel Schulze, wife of Irving co-founder J. O. Schulze will be included. The 1880 gown features a bustle.
The Irving Heritage House will be open over the holiday weekend on July 6, Sunday, from 3pm - 5pm. Docent led tours will begin at 3pm and 4pm. Admission is free. Built in 1912 by C.P. Schulze, brother of one of Irving’s co-founders J.O. Schulze, the Heritage House is a restored pioneer home. This Texas State Historical Landmark is located at 303 S. O’Connor.
Many beautiful antiques are throughout the Heritage House. Some of the furnishings include an 1840 clock, an organ (ca.1880), a square piano (ca.1860), Limoges, Sevres, and Bavarian porcelains, and many more items from the past. For more information call 972-252-3838. Group tours may also be arranged at alternate times.
Agnes Sueppel Schulze wedding gown