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Welcome to the
Irving Heritage Society

We are based in the Heritage House, shown above with special decorations for its 100th Anniversary.

To learn about the Society and its activities, CLICK HERE.

To learn about the history of the City of Irving and also the Heritage House, CLICK HERE.

To learn about the history of the Irving Independent School District, CLICK HERE. To see now-and-then photographs of Irving schools and other views, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for a list of future Society activities.

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.

Save the Dates!
Irving Heritage Society
Upcoming 2014 Events

April - Seventh Annual Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man – A month long series of events including Irving Trivia. Form a team and join the fun!

April 25, Fri.Tenth Annual Fish Fry - Details and tickets available in March.

April 26, Sat.Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Incorporation of Irving and Honoring Women of Irving’s History – Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall. Free.

Heritage House toursFirst Sunday of the months
March-December from 3pm-5pm
. Docent led tours at 3pm and 4pm. Group tours may be scheduled for alternate times.
For last minute updates visit or website or call 972-252-3838.

10th Annual Fish Fry
Irving Heritage Society and
Silent Cake Auction
April 25, 2014
5 p.m. — 7 p.m.
Heritage Park at 2nd & Main Street
Adults $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate
Children 3-8 yrs, $5.00.
There will be door prizes!

Advance tickets are now available for the Irving Heritage Society 10th Annual Fish Fry to be held on Friday, April 25 at Heritage Park, 2nd and Main Street from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Past guests have put their “seal of approval” on this delicious meal and fun evening. The event will include a silent auction of cakes as well. Fish fry tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate. Tickets for children 3-8 years are $5. Children 2 years and under are free. Advance tickets are available at the Clothes Quarters, 142 South Main, Mustang Museum at Williams Square, from Heritage Society board members, or by calling 972-252-3838. Door prizes will be awarded.

Visitors are always welcomed at Heritage Society events. For more information on this as well as other upcoming activities or call 972-252-3838.

In case of rain, event will be held the next Friday.

Casting Call for TRIVIA Teams

“Celebrating Irving – The City And The Man” preliminary rounds of the 7th annual Irving Trivia competition will be held in the West Irving Library auditorium at 4444 West Irving Blvd. on Saturday, April 26pm, beginning at 10am. Finals will be on Saturday, May 3, at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, at 10am.

Questions for the trivia contest will be based on the life and works of author Washington Irving, plus the history as well as current facts about the City of Irving. Applications for registering a team may be obtained by calling 972-252-3838. The deadline for a team’s registration is April 22.

Shouldn’t you be in this picture? Last year’s finalists were from the teams of the Irving Museum Board, Henry Holmes Breakfast Forum-Jim’s Team, La Cima Heritage Committee, and Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. The LaCima Heritage Committee won the final competition.

For more information, call 972-252-3838. Sponsors of the month long programs include the Irving Heritage Society, Irving Independent School District, the City of Irving, the Irving Public Library, and the Irving Black Arts Council. Funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2013 finals team members

Irving Heritage Society receives Humanities Texas Grant

The Irving Heritage Society has been advised that they have been awarded a grant from Humanities Texas for the 7th Annual Celebrating Irving:  The City And The Man month long project.   Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducts and supports public programs in history, literature and philosophy, and other humanities disciplines.

In reference to the grant, Irving Heritage Society President Janice Carroll said “We are pleased that we have received this grant.  We are becoming more and more recognized for not only celebrating our history but particularly the women of Irving that were so influential in our rich history. ” 

The Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man events are throughout the month of April and are sponsored by Irving Heritage Society, the City of Irving, the Irving Public Library, Irving Independent School  District, and the Irving Black Arts Council.

For details on the “Celebrating Irving” events, call 972-252-3838 for more information.  All activities are free, open to the public, and are varied in nature for all age groups.


The Irving Heritage Society’s vision:

A diverse community that values its past, celebrates its present, and 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

2013-2104 Irving Heritage Society Board

President – Janice Carroll
President elect – Patty Landers Caperton
First Vice President/
– Doug Fox
Second Vice President/
– Kaye Ward
Third Vice President/
– Stacey Martin
Recording Secretary – Sandra Cole  Corresponding Secretary
Velma Edwin
Treasurer – Diane Mannon
Historian – Kevin Kendro Parliamentarian – Chris Wallace 

The new directors include:  Kitty Boyle, Chris Dobson, Angie Drake, Anne Pfaff, Vernon Proctor, Bob Bourgeois, and
Dan Niemeier.

ICTN Four-Minute Video of the 100th Anniversary of
The Heritage House and the Society’s
Valentine Tea

CLICK HERE to see the 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.

New Brochure of
The Heritage House

CLICK HERE to see the newly-created brochure of the Heritage House. Printed copies are available at the Heritage House. 

Yearbooks Now Available

The 2012-2013 Yearbook of the Irving Heritage Society is now available to be picked up by members at the Clothes Quarters in downtown Irving or at the Mustang Museum in Williams Square. This issue includes a photo gallery of recent events as well as many articles and lists. 


Photographs of
Recent Heritage Society Events

March 7th 2014 Board Meeting

2014 Vintage Valentine Tea Party

KLEM Miniature

New Member Reception

Great Gatsby Tea and Talk

To View more events, CLICK HERE

History Pictorial History Book and Centennial
Cookbook for Sale

“Irving, Texas, From Rails to Wings, 1903-2003” by Norma Stanton is available for $15 and "Irving, Texas, Centennial, 1903-2003, Cookbook and Family Histories" by Helen Ogden Widener is available for $10 from the Society. The fully-illustrated history book, over 200 pages, tells the story of the City of Irving, its people, and its growth over its first century. The 400-plus page cookbook has both history and recipes, with an added bonus of an interactive compact disc. Both books are bound hardback and were published by the City of Irving as part of its centennial celebration. These extra copies have been graciously donated by the City to the Society to help fund the upkeep of the Heritage House. Get yours at the Heritage House during the monthly tours or call 972-252-3838 to order your copies.

IHS Historical book IHS Cookbook