Written by Phil Cerroni
People slowly filed through the Heritage House, dropping letters and business cards into a time capsule on Dec. 10 at the Heritage House 100th Anniversary Finale. However, unlike other time capsules, this one won’t be buried.
Mary Higbie, public relations for the Irving Heritage Society, said the Heritage House 100th Anniversary committee had done their research and didn’t want weather and time to decay the box.
“We knew we wanted to have a grand finale of the year of celebration and Brown Funeral Home made this possible,” Higbie said.
The box of memorabilia from Irving community leaders and others was the final event in a yearlong celebration of 100 years of the Heritage House, one of Irving's oldest homes at 303 S O'Connor Rd.
The home was built in 1912 by C.P. Schulze, the brother of Irving co-founder J.O. Schulze.
About 50 people gathered in the small house to cap the year by filling and sealing the time capsule.
“This is an event for us to toast all the many members who worked on the committee and all the past presidents who provided the wisdom and guidance for not just what you see in this house, but other icons throughout the city,” said Chris Wallace, president of the Heritage Society and co-chairman for the Anniversary committee.
This year, the Irving Heritage Society presented a range of events to commemorate the house’s centennial celebration.Activities included a kick-off event with local and state lawmakers, educational outreach and a Valentine Tea.
“We had a very productive, very full year to celebrate the history of this house,” Wallace said. “We all came together to celebrate this history.”
The Heritage House was designated as a Texas State Historical Landmark in 1986. The organization is looking to apply for a national historical landmark for the house next year.
“If so, it would be the first structure in Irving, Texas to be so designated,” said Mary Oberlin, co-chairwoman for the anniversary committee.
In 2013, the Heritage Society will also be working to restore Mary’s Playhouse, a children’s playhouse that will be behind the Heritage House.