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?

[Heritage House Tours]

December 4, 2022 — Sunday, 3pm-5pm

Enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the Holiday Season. Join the Irving Heritage Society for the First Sunday Tours. Learn More about it!

 

[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.

 

[Past Heritage House Tours]

November 6, 2022 — Sunday, 3pm-5pm

Admission is free. The Heritage House was built in 1912 and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Learn More about it!

 

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.

2022 Irving Heritage District Holiday Events

[2022 Holidays at Heritage]

Celebrate the holidays with activities the entire month of December with free events for the entire family at the newly renovated Heritage Park. Click here for more information on the upcoming 2022 Irving Heritage Holiday Parade, Dec 3rd. or For a list of all other December events.

[Parade Participant Mtg.]

Participants must apply by Nov. 27 at 5pm  to participate and attend the mandatory parade meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall's Council Chambers, 825 W. Irving Blvd. 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 972-252-3838 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!