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Preliminary rounds of the Seventh Annual Irving Trivia competition will be held 10 a.m. April 26 in the West Irving Library auditorium, 4444 West Irving Blvd.
Finals will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail. Questions for the trivia contest will be based on the life and works of author Washington Irving, plus the history as well as current facts about the City of Irving.
Applications for registering a team may be obtained by calling (972) 252-3838. Registration deadline for a team’s registration is April 22.
The Irving Heritage Society is leading the community in the 100th anniversary of the city’s 1914 incorporation with Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man. Book discussions, movies, trivia contests and other events planned throughout April will make Irving’s history come alive. Festivities begin April 3 — the birthdate of the city’s namesake, Washington Irving — and will run through May 3.
The monthlong celebration gets started when representatives from Irving Heritage Society and other sponsoring organizations receive a proclamation from Mayor Beth Van Duyne at the City Council Meeting set for 7 p.m. April 3 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
A book discussion of Washington Irving’s book “A Tour on the Prairies” will be held 1:45 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at the Irving Heritage House, 303 South O’Connor. Dr. Tracy Hoffman, president of the Washington Irving Society, will lead the discussion. Copies of the book are available for purchase but are not required to attend the event.
The discussion is scheduled to conclude in time for the free monthly Heritage House tours, which are held 3 to 5 p.m. A special exhibit on the life and works of Washington Irving will be on display at the Heritage House during this time. Among the furnishings in the living room of the Heritage House is a Sleepy Hollow chair. This was owned by Irving’s co-founder J.O. Schulze and is a replica of a chair found in Washington Irving’s home Sunnyside in Tarrytown, N.Y. The Heritage House, built in 1912, is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
Capping off the month of activities will be the main event — Celebrating Irving’s 100th Anniversary of Incorporation and Honoring Women of Irving’s History at 7 p.m. April 26 at Carpenter Hall at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Hosted by Irving Community Television Network Anchor and Producer Cathy Whiteman, the program will showcase city history via art, drama, music and video.
In addition, 10 women of Irving’s history will be recognized for their community contributions. For city history buffs, various teams will compete in preliminary trivia rounds set for 10 a.m. April 26 at West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Trivia finals will be held at 10 a.m. May 3 at Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail.
Events are free and open to the public. The Heritage Society, a volunteer organization committed to preserving local history, received a grant from Humanities Texas to help support this year’s activities. Additional funding was received from the City of Irving via the Irving Arts Board. Celebrating Irving: The City and The Man is sponsored by Irving Heritage Society, the City of Irving, the Irving Public Library, Irving Independent School District and the Irving Black Arts Council.
Visit irvingheritage.com for a complete list of activities. For more information, call (972) 252-3838.
Posted April 1