The time approached for the 100th anniversary of the Irving Heritage House, the 2011-2012 Irving Heritage Society President Mary Moorman appointed Mary Oberlin (President 1979-1981) and President-Elect Chris Wallace as co-chairs of the anniversary committee.  They in turn selected a committee to focus on the kickoff event, special recognitions, the timeline of the house, commemorative items, a video production, an educational outreach and communications.  After much discussion of various ideas, these creative Heritage Society members put together an outstanding plan for the yearlong celebration.

Following a year of celebration, and special events, members of the Irving Heritage Society and guests gathered at the Heritage  House on Sunday, December 9, to hold the Heritage House 100th Anniversary Finale. A time capsule was filled with various items pertaining to the organization and the century old house along with letters from those in attendance. It is scheduled to be open in 25 years.

Past Presidents of the Heritage Society were recognized. This included Mary Oberlin who served as the second President from 1978-1981 to the current President Chris Wallace. Mary Oberlin and Chris Wallace have also served as co-chairs of the Heritage House 100th Anniversary.

December 4, 2011, was the kickoff event with a large crowd braving cool and wet weather to gather at the Heritage House.  Texas State Representatives Linda Harper Brown and Rodney Anderson provided a state resolution recognizing this special mile stone in the history of the former C.P. Schulze family home. December 8, 2011, Mayor Beth Van Duyne presented a mayoral proclamation prior to the city council meeting to Mary Moorman, Mary Oberlin and Chris Wallace in recognition of the special upcoming anniversary year.

In January of 2012, the Dallas Morning News Neighbors put out a special news section featuring the Heritage House as well as the 75th anniversary of the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. January 31, 2012, was the annual State of the City dinner hosted by the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. The Heritage Society was honored to be able to provide the premiere showing of the special video on the Heritage House.

February 12, 2012, was the annual Vintage Valentine Tea.  This is a re-creation of the Valentine themed housewarming party which was held in 1914 for the C.P. Schulze new home built in 1912.

March 13, 2012, was the recognition of some of the oldest businesses in Irving.  Hosted at the home of Wayne and Anne Pfaff, Congressman Joe Barton was on hand to help congratulate the  representatives of 20 long established businesses in attendance. During March, students in the 2nd grade at the John Haley Elementary School participated in a creative writing and art contest focused on the Heritage House.

April 20, 2012, was the 8th annual fish fry provided by Heritage Society charter member and past President Marvin Randle.

May 3, 2012, at another event hosted by the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage House was again recognized for the 100th anniversary year.

October 9, 2012, some of the oldest organizations in Irving were welcomed to the home of Diann and Joe Contestabile.  The living room was overflowing with the “who’s who” of Irving leadership.  This was a true reflection of all aspects of our community.

A request for the Heritage House to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark is in process.  If accomplished, it will be the first structure in Irving, Texas, to be so designated. A project to rebuild Mary’s Playhouse  was begun in the fall of 2012.  A small building is located just behind the C.P. Schulze 1912 family home.  Originally a chicken coop, this structure was later converted into a playhouse for the young Schulze daughter, Mary.

Though this time capsule is expected to be opened in 25 year, may the Irving Heritage House continue to provide visitors with a sense of pride and a value of history for another 100  years. The Heritage House 100th Anniversary  reflects on the many volunteers who helped make the year of celebration such a special one.  Everyone has their favorite memory from the many events held during 2012.  All should have a sense of pride for the quality of the activities and the way that such a large cross section of the membership and community were part of this celebration.  A list of the committee members as well as the sponsors of this year long anniversary event will be found elsewhere in the time capsule.

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