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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.

Heritage House tours
Sunday, December 7 -
Decorated for Christmas

Carolers will greet guests as they arrive for the first Sunday tour of the Heritage House on December 7.  All will be invited to join in song.  The Heritage House will be decorated for the holidays and open for visitors between 3pm and 5pm.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

One of the oldest homes in Irving, the house was built in 1912 by C. P. Schulze, brother of one of the co-founder of Irving.  It was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1986.  The Heritage House is located at 303 South O’Connor.   

For more information call 972-252-3838.  Group tours may also be arranged at alternate times.

November 7th IHS Board Meeting

The board meeting was a full agenda as the Heritage Society always has many projects going on with lots of business to handle......but today it was certainly about food as well!!! Luncheon committee was Barbara Terrill, Dr. Clay Gilbert, and Rosalie Jensen.....and Eleanor Bell came to help serve. It looked like Thanksgiving had come a bit early. Barbara had fixed a wonderful chicken casserole along with cranberry salad and Clay provided some delicious rolls. Rosalie missed the meeting but sent pumpkin pies for dessert. Many of us were individually served at our place at the table. But the crowning touch was that it was served on the Heritage House's china, silver and crystal!!!! We were all impressed to say the least!

Cloggers entertain visitors
to the Heritage House Sunday, November 2nd.

It was a fun day with lots of toe tapping by the audience as well as the cloggers. Councilman Oscar Ward and his wife Kaye were among those who agreed to try out a few clogging steps. We have been adding some additional entertainment for visitors who come to the Heritage House for the First Sunday Tours.

Dixie Grand Cloggers

CLICK HERE for more photos!

The Dixie Grand Cloggers entertained visitors to the Irving Heritage House on Sunday, November 2, during the regular tour hours. Glen McCrary established the group in 1998 and they have gone on to proving their talents through competitive dancing as well as many performances across the Metroplex. Some of the Sunday guests even took a turn at a few steps.

Next up for Sunday@Heritage House will be Sunday, December 7, from 3pm-5pm. Music, refreshments and tours of the 1912 Recorded Texas Historic Landmark will be offered.

For more information, visit or call

Finance committee hard at work Friday evening
October 31, 2014

Committee is made up of 5 past presidents and they were assisted by others. Chaired by Janice Carroll, the committee is Dan Matkin, Marvin Randle, Fran Bonilla, Mary Moorman and
Suzy Beeman.

Marvin brought an original yearbook from 1980-1981 to share. What a treasure!

Mary Oberlin was president at that time. Other officers were Melalee Camak, Jim Wilcox, Tally Parker, John F. Brown, Jane Earle, and Estelle Bates.

Stacey Martin-Treasurer, Patty Caperton-President, Fran Bonilla and Marvin Randle

Dan Matkin, Diane Mannon-past treasurer, Mary Moorman. and Janice Carroll

For past stories, CLICK HERE for ARCHIVES page.


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

2014-2105 Irving Heritage Society Board

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

The new directors include:  Lea Bailey, Kathy Howard, Rosalie Jensen, Patrick Shields, and Vicki Tate

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 2014-2015 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.

Call Mary Higbie at 972-252-3838 for other arrangements.  


Photographs of
Recent Heritage Society Events

Clogging Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Member Reception/
General Meeting. Program:
To Kill a Mockingbird

October 2014 IHS Board Meeting

October 5th, Jazz Sunday

Gilbert House Announcement

IHS 2014 Board Orientation

IHS August 2014 Board Meeting

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