Irving Heritage Society
2016 Calendar of Events

Heritage House Tours – First 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 check the website or call 972-252-3838

Sun, Mar. 19, 2pm – General Meeting/Program – The Irving Heritage Society will host their next general meeting and program in the South Library, 601 Schulze Drive, at 2pm.  The program will be presented by David Martinez, Chairman of the Texas Historical Foundation Board.  His presentation will include information on Texas history and the mission of the foundation. The public is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, ontact 972-252-3838.

Tues, Jan. 31, 7pm – General Meeting/Program – 80 Acres of Dreams: Irving’s early years. South Library, 601 Schulze Drive

Sun., Feb. 12, 2pm-4pm – 1914 Vintage Valentine Tea – Heritage House

Sun., Mar. 19, 2pm-General Meeting/Program - Texas Historical Foundation – Texas History and the Mission – South Library, 601 Schulze Drive

Mon., April 3, 7pm – Celebrating Irving - Geocaching Kick-off – National Scouting Museum, 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane

Sat., April 22, 10am – 10th Annual Irving Trivia Preliminary Rounds – West Library, 4444 West Rochelle Road at Esters Road

Fri., April 28, 5pm-7:30pm – 13th Annual Fish Fry & Cake Auction
Heritage Park, 2nd & Main St. Tickets available in March.

Sat. April 29, 10am – Irving Trivia Final Rounds – Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail

All events are free to attend,
except the fish fry requires tickets.
Come and join us!

For more information, contact 972-252-3838
Date and time of all events are subject to change.



First Sunday of each month,
March-December - Heritage House Tours 3 - 5 PM. Admission FREE.
303 S. O'Connor Road. This restored pioneer home was built in 1912 by
C. P. Schulze, brother of the co-founder of Irving. The house was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1986. Docent-led tours at 3:00 and
4:00 PM.

Group tours may be requested at alternate days and times.

Watch your Whistle Stop newsletter for reminders and details of these events. Not receiving the Whistle Stop? Talk to Mary Higbie (972-252-3838).

Other Historical Interests:

Ruth Paine House Museum
is now open for tours. Reservations must be made in advance by going to There on the City's home page should be a photo and info about the house and tours. If not, look at the lower part of the home page under "visitors" and click on "museums" to get to the info. Tours are Tues-Sat 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm. Cost is $12 for ages 12 and older.

Tues., Nov. 12, on KERA at 10pm, the Ruth Paine House Museum documentary was shown. Info about it reads: "On a quiet street in Irving, Texas, there is a ranch-style tract home that looks like so many others of its type, but on a tragic day in 1963 this home became part of our nation's history. Ruth Paine befriended Marina Oswald, an act of kindnes that brought Lee Harvey Oswald into her life and entwined the home and those living there in the legacy of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy."

Then because many of us want to keep up to date on the Heritage Crossing activities, here is some info from a message from Kevin Kass of the City regarding a presentation on Thurs., Nov. 14, as well as some other dates on the subject. As he mentioned, feel free to contact him for any additional information.

Heritage Crossing
With the fall season fast upon us we look forward to several exciting things regarding the ongoing Heritage Crossing Redevelopment Initiative. Please see below:

Work continues on the schematic design for the reconstruction of the Irving Boulevard/Second Street corridor through downtown as well as the restructuring of the development regulations for Heritage Crossing. Meeting dates for community presentations and input of the same have now been set:

Thursday, November 14, from 6 - 9 pm in the council chambers followed the next day, Friday, November 15, from 10 am until 1 pm (in foyer area next to council chambers by north public entrance) in a workshop setting for follow-up meetings with property owners, residents and other interested parties.

—Tuesday, December 10, from 6 – 9 pm in the council chambers to review the refined drafts from the November meetings followed once again the next morning, Wednesday, December 11, from 9 am until noon for follow-up small group and one-on-one discussions with all interested parties.

—Staff and consultant will then give a detailed presentation of the same to the Council Planning and Development Committee on Thursday, December 12, at 5 pm.

Staff will bring forward a proposed Downtown Sign Enhancement Program for council consideration and adoption at the December 12 meeting of the City Council. Staff presented this item initially at the September 19 Planning and Development Committee meeting and received a favorable recommendation for bringing forward to the full council. This program will serve as a companion item to the existing Downtown Façade Program by addressing the removal of pole signs and deteriorating signs along the Irving Boulevard/Second Street corridor through the Downtown area and replacing with new signs that meet current city criteria and support the vision for Heritage Crossing. Qualifying work will be available for up to $5,000 in direct reimbursement.

Staff will also be updating the Heritage Crossing section on the city’s website by removing dated items and adding coverage of the fall Heritage Crossing community meeting listed above and other pertinent information as it becomes available. As always, I will gladly respond to any questions you may have about the above or the overall direction and components of the Heritage Crossing Redevelopment Initiative.