The Irving Heritage Society
founded in 1978

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.

The Society selected the depot logo because of Irving's beginning as a railroad town. Soon, the group found a new project, the establishment of Heritage Park. The project included restoration of the Caster cabin and the acquisition of a depot, caboose, vintage water tank, and windmill for the park.

What does Irving Heritage Society do?

[Annual Vintage Valentine Tea]

Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 2pm-4pm.

We are preparing to host the 46th Annual Vintage Valentine Tea, a re-creation of the original Housewarming Party in 1914. Click here for more details! or call 972-721-2655

[Vision]

A diverse community that values its past, celebrates its present, & embraces its future.

[Mission Statement]

The Irving Heritage Society is a vibrant, intergenerational volunteer organization that: ADVOCATES historic preservation EDUCATES the community on its heritage PRESERVES and accumulates local history.

Irving Heritage phone number:
972-721-2655

 

[IHS Holiday Tours]

Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 3pm-5pm.

Start the holiday season with beautiful harp music by David Hines! Admission is free. Click here for more details! or call 972-721-2655

Irving Heritage Society Quick Links

[History and Activities]

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 Irving Independent School District.

A Historic Look into Irving schools.

[Donate and Related Links]

Make a donation or pay membership dues

Links to other related sites in Irving and those with a relation to history.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW CONTACT PHONE NUMBER - 972-721-2655.

2023 Irving Heritage District Holiday Event

[2023 Holidays at Heritage]

December in Irving just got jollier! The holidays kick off with a nighttime parade, on the 2nd through downtown Irving and annual tree lighting ceremony. Free family-friendly festivities throughout the month, designed to get everyone in the holiday spirit! For more information..

[Parade Participant Application]

Entry form due no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Participants are required to attend the mandatory Parade Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., in the Council Chamber. Packets can be picked up beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Click here for more information on the Irving Heritage Holiday Events.

Tour Information and More

[Heritage House is open for tours on the first Sunday from 3pm-5pm]

Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. It was built in 1912 as the home of C.P. Schulze. Call 972-721-2655 for more information.

[ICTN Four-Minute Video of the 100th Anniversary of Society’s Valentine Tea]

VIDEO — Click on the symbol in the lower right corner just below the small screen to watch it full-screen.It states that “Irving’s Heritage House is now 100 years old. The Heritage Society has a number of special events planned to mark that anniversary. This tea took visitors on a trip back in time.” The video contains many comments by Society members.

[Pictorial History Book and Centennial Cookbook for Sale]

“Irving, Texas, From Rails to Wings, 1903-2003” by Norma Stanton and "Irving, Texas, Centennial, 1903-2003, Cookbook and Family Histories" by Helen Ogden Widener is available from the Society.

HOW YOU CAN BUY THESE BOOKS!