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In a bedroom called “The Bride’s Room, ” many wedding gowns spanning several decades, are displayed in the Irving Heritage House this month.  Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House will be open Sunday, August 2, from 3pm – 5pm.  Docent led tours begin at 3pm and 4pm.  Admission is free.  Group tours may also be scheduled on alternate days.  The Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.

 

On display is the 1903 wedding gown, coat and slippers worn by Mrs. J.O. (Agnes Sueppel) Schulze of Iowa City, Iowa.  It was custom designed and made by Marshall Field of Chicago.  Given by her daughters to the Irving Heritage Society, the gown was lovingly and painstakingly restored by Amy Senter of Irving.  It took her about two years to complete this task, finished in 1997.

 

With wallpaper similar to the original pattern used when the house was built in 1912, this bedroom contains furniture, bed, dresser and washstand originally the property of the Paschal P. Tuckers of Dallas, Mrs. Virginia Schulze’s parents.  It is Victorian walnut with burl walnut inlay.  The bedspread was crocheted by Mrs. Tucker to fit the bed.

 

To see photos of the Heritage House, visit www.irvingheritage.com.  For more information, contact 972-252-3838.

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The Caster Cabin and train depot at Heritage Park, 2nd and Main Street, will be open for tours by the Irving Heritage Society on the morning of the 4th of July during the holiday celebration in downtown Irving.    Admission is free. 

 

The Caster Cabin was built in 1887 by Henry Caster and his son Edmond as a dog-run cabin.  Following a fire, some of the logs from the cabin were salvaged and reconstructed.  The cabin contains some of the original furniture including a rocker made by Mr. Caster, the Casters’ wedding bed, a 1914 quilt and a family Bible.

 

The depot at Heritage Park was built about 1896 and served the small east Texas towns of Clinton and Nevada.  It was purchased by the Irving Heritage Society in 1986 and moved to Heritage Park to represent the Rock Island depot which previously was located at the north end of Main Street until 1965.

 

For additional information visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.

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Catherine Schulze

In a bedroom called “The Bride’s Room, ” many wedding gowns spanning several decades, are displayed in the Irving Heritage House.  Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House will be open Sunday, June 7, from 3pm – 5pm.  Docent led tours begin at 3pm and 4pm.  Admission is free.  Group tours may also be scheduled on alternate days.  The Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.

 

On display is the 1903 wedding gown, coat and slippers worn by Mrs. J.O. (Agnes Sueppel) Schulze of Iowa City, Iowa.  It was custom designed and made by Marshall Field of Chicago.  Given by her daughters to the Irving Heritage Society, the gown was lovingly and painstakingly restored by Amy Senter of Irving.  It took her about two years to complete this task, finished in 1997.

 

With wallpaper similar to the original pattern used when the house was built in 1912, this bedroom contains furniture, bed, dresser and washstand originally the property of the Paschal P. Tuckers of Dallas, Mrs. Virginia Schulze’s parents.  It is Victorian walnut with burl walnut inlay.  The bedspread was crocheted by Mrs. Tucker to fit the bed.

 

To see photos of the Heritage House, visit www.irvingheritage.com.  For more information, contact 972-252-3838.

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The Irving Heritage House will be open on Sunday, April 12 from 3pm - 5pm.  Docent led tours will begin at 3pm and 4pm.  Admission is free.  Built in 1912 by C.P. Schulze, brother of one of Irving’s co-founders , the Heritage House is a restored pioneer home.  This Texas State Historical Landmark is located at 303 S. O’Connor.

 

In conjunction with the “Celebrating Irving – The City And The Man” month long series of events, a special display will be at the Heritage House on April 12th reflecting the life and works of the first American Man of Letters, Washington Irving.  A full calendar of other events during April may be viewed on the website. 

All visitors on April 5 will receive a small memento of the “Celebrating Irving – The City And The Man” events.

 

Many beautiful antiques are throughout the Heritage House.   Some of the furnishings include a 1840 clock, an organ (ca.1880), a square piano (ca.1860), Limoges, Sevres, and Bavarian porcelains, and many more items from the past.  For more information visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.

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Great fish and trimmings

Advance tickets are now available for the Irving Heritage Society 11th Annual Fish Fry to be held on Friday, April 10 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.  Sample a serving of fried Spam, fried green tomatoes as well as the delicious fish and all the trimmings prepared by Marvin Randle.  Then top it off with a sweet selection from the silent auction of cakes. 

Fish fry tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate.  Tickets for children 3-8 years are $5.  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.  See the website www.irvingheritage.com for more information on this as well as other upcoming activities or call 972-252-3838.

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Sport the Green and

Find True Treasures of Local History

 

Wearin’ of the green is not required but if you’re lookin’ for that pot of gold on March 17, Sport the Green and come to the Central Library auditorium, 801 West Irving Blvd. for the Irving Heritage Society’s general meeting and program at 7 pm.  Following a brief business meeting, the program will highlight some true local history treasures in our metroplex area.

The program will feature a panel discussion facilitated by Thomas Close, chairman of the Irving Museum Board and Gallery Experience Manager at the Perot Museum.  Speakers include Robert Haynes, Curator of the Interurban Railway Museum in Plano, Toyia Pointer, Curator of the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum in Carrollton and Joe Ann Standlee, President of the Grapevine Historical Society.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn what other cities and groups are doing to honor their local history.

For more information, contact 972-252-3838 or visit www.irvingheritage.com Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

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Welcome to the Heritage House

One of the oldest homes in Irving will be open for public tours on March 1, Sunday,  from 3pm to 5pm.  The house was built in 1912 by C. P. Schulze, brother of one of the co-founders of Irving  J. O. Schulze.  The Irving Heritage House is located at 303 South O’Connor and was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1986.  Admission is free and docent led tours are provided at 3pm and 4pm.

 

Many beautiful antiques are throughout the Heritage House.   Some of the furnishings include an 1840 clock, an organ (ca.1880), a square piano (ca.1860), Limoges, Sevres, and Bavarian porcelains, and many more items from the past.  The house was built with a basement, a unique feature for homes in the area. 

 

For more information, visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.  Group tours may also be arranged at alternate times.

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Reflections on punch bowl Reflections

The Irving Index newspaper article of Thursday, February 19, 1914, reported:

“Mr. and Mrs. Charles Percy Schulze threw open their beautiful new home Saturday evening to one hundred and fifty invited guests.  The housewarming was in the nature of a Valentine Party – the decorations and color scheme throughout being hearts, arrows and cupid in reds and yellows.”

 

The same description fits the upcoming event at the former Schulze home now called the Heritage House, 303 South O’Connor, as the Irving Heritage Society recreates that party of 1914 with their annual Vintage Valentine Tea.  The public is invited to share in this special event from 2pm-4pm.  Reservations are not required and admission is free. 

 

Just as in the 1914 article description, there will be strings of hearts from the chandeliers.  The lace draperies at the windows and dining table will have festoons of hearts and arrows.  The tea recipes have been checked, the silver polished and the Irving Heritage Society Sweetheart is secretly being selected as the organization prepares for this favorite traditional event. 

 

For more information, visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.

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Join the Irving Heritage Society for Sunday Jazz @ the Heritage House, 303 South O’Connor, on Sunday, October 5, from 3pm-5pm.  Bring a chair, blanket, friends, and family for apple cider and popcorn.  Horseshoes and croquet will be played on the Heritage House lawn.  Docent led Heritage House tours are offered free of charge at 3pm and 4pm.

 

Vocalist Melissa Medlock is a former rookie of the year Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, and toured the world as featured vocalist in the elite show group.  Melissa also sings in Spanish and Portuguese, and lends her considerable dancing skills to her live performance.  Cliff Chancey is a long time Irving resident and has played guitar and toured with Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Clay Walker and Ty Herndon.

 

The afternoon events are free.  For more information, call 972-252-3838.  Visit www.irvingheritage.com for other Heritage Society activities.

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Gowns as old as 1880s

In a bedroom called “The Bride’s Room, ” many wedding gowns spanning several decades, are displayed in the Irving Heritage House.  Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House will be open Sunday, August 3, from 3pm – 5pm.  Docent led tours begin at 3pm and 4pm.  Admission is free.  Group tours may also be scheduled on alternate days.  The Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark.

 

On display is the 1903 wedding gown, coat and slippers worn by Mrs. J.O. (Agnes Sueppel) Schulze of Iowa City, Iowa.  It was custom designed and made by Marshall Field of Chicago.  Given by her daughters to the Irving Heritage Society, the gown was lovingly and painstakingly restored by Amy Senter of Irving.  It took her about two years to complete this task, finished in 1997.

 

With wallpaper similar to the original pattern used when the house was built in 1912, this bedroom contains furniture, bed, dresser and washstand originally the property of the Paschal P. Tuckers of Dallas, Mrs. Virginia Schulze’s parents.  It is Victorian walnut with burl walnut inlay.  The bedspread was crocheted by Mrs. Tucker to fit the bed.

 

To see photos of the Heritage House, visit www.irvingheritage.com.  For more information, contact 972-252-3838.