Join us to support the Irvington HIstorical Society and its home, the Bona Thompson Center. Your memberships and donations fund our daily operations and preserve our materials.  Your sponsorship allows us to develop programs and serve the community by researching and sharing more of our history.

Join as a member to help support daily operations of the Society.


Become a sponsor to support events and long-term needs.

  • Sponsor the monthly building operations
  • $500 (up to 3 sponsors per month) or $1,500 for sole sponsorship/per month
  • Create an endowment.


Join us to support the Irvington HIstorical Society and its home, the Bona Thompson Center.

  • Your memberships and donations fund our daily operations and preserve our materials. 
  • Your sponsorship allows us to develop programs and serve the community by researching and sharing more of our history.


Volunteers are welcome to assist with scanning for the archives, maintaining the building, curating exhibits, building displays, editing, Web updates, planning events, and sharing information with visitors. We have fun volunteering together and learning more about our community. Let us know how you might like to get involved.
Rent the Bona for your events.
Donate to support one-time or ongoing expenses. 

Programming costs can be $50 for printing or food for a reception to Presenter’s workshop fees start at $200; preserving our documents, photographs and art we spend costs from $15 for one storage box, $300 to repair a WWI poster to $1000 to clean and repair a painting, such as Dorothy Morlan’s Irvington in December.

Become a sponsor to support the Bona's events and long-term needs.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Sponsor the annual Ice Cream Social.
  • Sponsor the monthly building operations
  • $500 (up to 3 sponsors per month) or $1,500 for sole sponsorship/per month
  • Create an endowment.


Your memberships and donations allows us to continue to operate the Bona admission free! As a sponsor, you, your company, or organization can also benefit.   

Donors or Event Sponsor

Your donations play a major role in funding our operations and programs. Programming costs can be $50 for printing or food for a reception to Presenter’s workshop fees start at $200; preserving our documents, photographs and art we spend costs from $15 for one storage box, $300 to repair a WWI poster to $1000 to clean and repair a painting, such as Dorothy Morlan’s Irvington in December.


As a $100 -$400 Donor or Event Sponsor, you receive:

  • One year membership to the Society
  • A history of your Irvington property 
  • Your name / Organization would be listed on our Web site as a supporter.


As a $500 -$900 Donor or Event Sponsor, you receive:

  • Your name would be listed on our web site as a supporter.
  • One time use of the Bona Thompson facility.


Sponsorships          
$1,000 - $4,000 for 1 year
                                        $5,000 + for the period of 2 years

Your sponsorship supports our building improvements and community programming.  For the specified period, you would receive:

  • a one-year membership to the Society
  • A history of your Irvington property.
  • Your organization's name and logo would be included with the Society’s marketing efforts.
  • Invitation to all Irvington Historical Society sponsored events
  • Marketing photo opportunities at the Bona 
  • One annual scheduled use of the Bona Thompson facility


Endowments           $20,000 and up


Your donation would play a major role in the future of our organization by allowing us to establish an endowment.This level of donation offers:

  • Naming rights to the two remaining rooms at the Bona: the new Archive and the future upper level gallery space that will be devoted to Irvington businesses.
  • Your name is associated with a room within the Bona for five years.
  • Logo or name will be used in our marketing, as well as recognized on our Website.
  • One annual scheduled use of the Bona Thompson facility for each of the five years


If you are interested, please consider making a donation to the Bona.  Checks should be made out to “The Irvington Historical Society”.  pay with a credit card via our website bookstore,

 We thank you for your interest and support.

  • The Story of Japanese Internment
  • Passages: Patricia Peat Dusendschon's Second Life in Greece
  • Girl Scouts
  • The Family Forsyth
  • Presenting Irvington Artists: A Collector’s Show
  • The Golden Age of Ghouls
  • International Harvester
  • Angels of West Baden
  • Military
  • Railroad and Telegrapher’s Office
  • Photography

Become a Bona Sponsor

Dear Friend of Irvington History:

The Irvington Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization,  relies on donors, sponsors, and volunteers to fulfill our mission to collect, preserve and connect Irvington’s past to its present.  Our historic Bona Thompson Center allows us to (1.) preserve the items collected since our organization began in 1964, (2.) create exhibits (history and art) pertinent to the present interests of Irvington and our Indianapolis-area neighbors, and (3.) provide a unique atmosphere for community gatherings. 

Over the past two years we have exhibited the following:

  • The creation of the Bona Thompson
  • Vintage Wedding Dresses
  • Vintage Postcards
  • Vintage Halloween decorations
  • A Retrospective of Frederick Polley
  • HH Holmes
  • Winter Art – snowy landscapes by Irvington artists
  • Wall Flowers – garden art by Irvington artists
  • Vintage Garden tools from the Irvington Garden Club
  • Art of Exotic Locations
  • 30th Anniversary of the Pan Am Games
  • Genealogy