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Last year's final four trivia teams.

Join the fun of the Irving Trivia competition during April. Form your own team, submit your application (available at www.irvingheritage.com) and come to the preliminary rounds on Saturday, April 22, at 10am in the West Library, 4444 West Rochelle. Team application deadline is Monday, April 17.   If you want to join a team, you may contact Mary at 972-252-3838. Different teams are always needing additional players.

At the finals on Saturday, April 29, a big birthday cake to honor Washington Irving will be served. The trivia final rounds begin at 10am in the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 972-252-3838. Admission is free.

The event is hosted by the Irving Heritage Society, Irving Public Library, Irving Art Association, Irving Independent School District, National Scouting Museum, Irving Black Arts Council, Boy Scout Troop 773, and the City of Irving.

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A month of fun.

The 10th Annual Celebrating Irving:  The City and The Man will kick off the April activities on Monday, April 3, at 7pm at the National Scouting Museum, 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane.  A combination of discovering history with modern technology will be the focus with Geocaching.  Special sites have been selected due to their historical significance throughout the city for the hidden caches.  Attendees not familiar with Geocaching will be able to learn more at the April 3rd event from demonstrations provided by Boy Scout Troop 773.   The first 100 attendees to register at the event will be given swag bags.  All events are free and open to the public.

This treasure hunt with a GPS as well as other Celebrating Irving events is hosted by the Irving Heritage Society, Irving Public Library, Irving Arts Association, Irving Independent School District, Irving Black Arts Council, National Scouting Museum, Troop 773, and the City of Irving.    For more information, visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838. 

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Welcome to the Heritage House

The Irving Heritage House, located at 303 South O’Connor, will be open on Sunday, March 5, from 3pm to 5pm for the start of the 2017 first Sunday tours.  Admission is free and docent led tours are offered at 3pm and 4pm.  Built in 1912, this Recorded Texas Historic Landmark provides a glimpse of one of Irving’s early families and their home. 

 

In the garden area behind the Heritage House, the recently dedicated reconstructed Mary’s Playhouse will also be open for visitors during the same hours.  Originally built as a chicken coop, the building was adapted as a playhouse for the young Schulze daughter Mary.  Toys, books and other treasures from Mary and her brother Charles are displayed.

 

A complimentary copy of Norma Stanton's book Irving, Texas:  From Rails to Wings will be given to tour visitors.   For more information, visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.  Group tours of the Heritage House and Mary’s Playhouse are available by special appointment.

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“80 Acres of Dreams:  Irving’s Early Years” documentary will be the subject of the Irving Heritage Society’s program on Tuesday, January 31, at 7pm in the South Library, 601 Schulze.  This story of early Irving from 1850 until just after World War II was created by Jim Pullum and John Everett.  Paul Wahlstrom, former Executive Producer for Irving Community Television Network, will introduce the film.  Reflections of Irving will be provided by Heritage Society members former Mayor Marvin Randle, former Mayor Dan Matkin, and longtime Irving resident Martha Watson.

 

The public is invited to join the Heritage Society for the evening.  No reservations are needed and admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.  The film will be shown immediately after a brief business meeting at 7pm.

 

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

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/Christmas front with sign.jpg Welcome to the Heritage House

The Heritage House will be decorated and open for tours on Sunday, December 4, from 3pm-5pm.  Located at 303 South O’Connor, the home was built in 1912 for the C.P. Schulze family.  It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1986.  Admission is free. Visitors will also receive a complimentary copy of the Irving history book “Irving, Texas:  From Rails to Wings.”

 

The newly dedicated Mary’s Playhouse in the backyard garden area will also be open for visitors.   Originally built as a chicken coop, the building was converted into a playhouse for the young Mary Schulze in the 1920’s.

 

On special display will be some selections from Eleanor Bell’s collection of Santa Claus figures.  Gathered for over 20 years, the pieces come from Turkey to Texas.

 

 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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Cottage Spinning Wheel

The Heritage House and Mary’s Playhouse will be open for tours on Sunday, October 2, from 3pm-5pm.   Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark will also include a display of items spun and created by Ameda Holmes during the October tour.

 

Ameda Holmes, an Art, Design, and Fiber Artist, will be on hand to demonstrate the use of a small cottage spinning wheel which was recently donated to the Heritage Society.  “I have used small rope-jacks.  It is a useful skill to be able to take string and turn it into a rope to make a tree swing, tie a package, or make a lead for a horse.”

 

Fiber seems to be part of her DNA.  Her multi-great grandfather founded Plymouth Cordage Company during the age of the clipper ships.  His company supplied cordage of all weights to the New England shipping industry.  She was raised on stories of man-thick ship anchor lines being laid on the long rope-walks that required the skilled work of many men.

 

Admission to the Heritage House and Mary’s Playhouse is free.  For more information, check  www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838.  Contacts will be taken from those interested in future spinning classes.

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The Big Blend The Big Blend: The Hispanic Experience in America

On Sunday, September 25, the Irving Heritage Society will host The Big Blend:  The Hispanic Experience in America, part of the Irving Public Library’s NEA Big Read.  A brief general meeting of the Heritage Society will be held at 2pm in Suite 200 of the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur and the program will follow.  Al Zapanta, President and CEO of the U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of guest speakers including Patricia Alvarado of Irving ISD, Juan Daniel Ramos, 2014 MacArthur high valedictorian and Dr. Christina Salinas of UT Arlington in a conversation about the meeting of Hispanic and Anglo cultures in the United States.  Refreshments will be served and the public is welcomed.  For information, contact 972-252-3838.  The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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Heritage House to offer tours on Smithsonian Museum Day

In conjunction with the national Smithsonian Museum Day on Saturday, September 24, the Irving Heritage House will be open for free tours from 1pm – 4pm.  Located at 303 South O’Connor, the Heritage House is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.  It was built in 1912 as the home of the C.P. Schulze family.  Visit www.irvingheritage.com or call 972-252-3838 for more information.

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The Irving Heritage Society will host a public meeting on Tuesday, August 30, at 7pm in the Irving Arts Center Suite 200, just off of the Carpenter Hall lobby at 3333 North MacArthur.  Irving Arts Center Executive Director Todd Hawkins will be the guest speaker.  He will provide information on the proposed consolidation of the historical preservation and arts departments of the City of Irving.
 
The meeting is open to the public for information and input.  Refreshments will be served.  The Irving Heritage Society may be contacted at 972-252-3838.
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The Irving Heritage Society will host a public meeting on Tuesday, August 30, at 7pm in the Irving Arts Center Suite 200, just off of the Carpenter Hall lobby at 3333 North MacArthur.  Irving Arts Center Executive Director Todd Hawkins will be the guest speaker.  He will provide information on the proposed consolidation of the historical preservation and arts departments of the City of Irving.
 
The meeting is open to the public for information and input.  Refreshments will be served.  The Irving Heritage Society may be contacted at 972-252-3838.