How You Can Help!

Become a member of the Irvington Historical Society

Volunteer at the Bona

  • Our member volunteers assist with a wide variety of duties. from scanning materials for the archives, maintaining the building, curating exhibits, building displays, editing and updating the web and social media, planning events, and sharing information with visitors. Have fun volunteering at the Bona while you learn more about our community. 
  • Email the Bona and tell us how you would like to get involved!

​​Become a Bona Sponsor

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

  • ​Programming
    • It costs over $2,000 a month to keep the Bona open and operating, and to keep it free to the public. Your sponsorship supports our building improvements and community programming.  
    • The cost of exhibits at the Bona can cost as little as $50 for printing or food for a reception to a couple of hundred dollars for speaker's fees, or several thousand dollars to repair a WWI poster or to clean and repair a major painting, such as Dorothy Morlan’s Irvington in December.

  • Events
    • Sponsor are always needed for the Bona's annual events, such as the Ice Cream Social and the Holiday Fair, and for the opening receptions for the 10-12 exhibits offered annually.

  • Endowments
    • Your donation would play a major role in the future of our organization by allowing us to establish an endowment.  
    • Naming rights for select rooms in the Bona are available. 

Join the Irvington Historical Society

      What a year it has been! Thanks to each of our volunteers, visitors, and donors who contributed to our 2020 exhibits and activities. This year, we provided you with more virtual programming, and we were pleased with the response as neighbors, both near and far, joined us to learn more about Irvington history and art. Thousands of individuals have viewed Paul Diebold's strolls as he shared his knowledge of Irvington architecture, places, and traditions on Facebook live and on our website. We  appreciated your patience as other events needed to be postponed or cancelled due to changing guidelines and requirements.
     We were still able to provide new exhibits such as Twenty Portraits, Power Hats & Irvington Women, Irvington Commercial Properties, Rita Spalding: Saveurs de France, Presenting Irvington Artists (through Dec. 19), and Securing the Vote: Women's Suffrage in Indiana (through Dec. 6). The permanent exhibits, International Harvester, Angels of West Baden & Ghouls of Irvington, continued to attract new and returning visitors. Online presentations included discussions of The Year We Left Home, Something's Brewing, Robert Hunt's Art, and the "Undefeatable" Grace Julian Clarke

We were glad to see you at the Ice Cream Socially Distanced event as you continued to support the historical society and keep our traditions going, even when adaptations were necessary. Others cleaned out closets while they were home and brought us some lovely donations which we will incorporate into future exhibits.

Irvington Historical Society Board

2021 Year In Review

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Thank You!

A volunteer organization like the Irvington Historical Society survives and progresses only with the help of donors, large and small.  Our content and stories are donated as well.  We want to recognize those businesses and individuals who have supported us over the past 12 months.  We thank: .

Our 2021 Sponsors

  • Deb Kent Gallery of Homes 
  • The Chicken Inn 
  • Barbara Shortridge Cooper 
  • Don Hardamon 
  • Irvington Ghost Tours 
  • Kent Hankins 
  • Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream 
  • Anne Hardwick 
  • The Family of Howard Caldwell 
  • Irvington Insurance 
  • Black Sheep Gifts 
  • Core Redevelopment 
  • Justus Company 
  • Peg & Paul Diebold 
  • Steve & Sue Barnett 
  • Sue Beecher 
  • Hampton Designs Studio & Shop 

2021 Grants

  • Indiana Historical Society 

  • Indiana Humanities

Our Volunteers, who keep us open!

  • Marissa Reel 

  • Steve & Sue Barnett 

  • Kathleen Angelone 

  • Margaret Banning 

  • Sue Beecher 

  • Don Brown 

  • Deedee Davis 

  • Paul & Peggy Diebold 

  • K. Egan 

  • Char Ottinger Flick 

  • Don Flick 

  • Emma Flick 

  • D Gaither 

  • Bill Gulde 

  • Irvington’s Black Hat Society 

  • Kent Hankins & Bill Aughe 

  • Jennifer Hale 

  • Anne Hardwick 

  • Ian Harmon 

  • Ron Huggler 

  • Melinda Jones 

  • Sue Kennedy 

  • Anuj Khemka 

  • Andrea R. Light 

  • Matt & Emma Robinson 

  • Steven & Paula Schmidt 

  • Sheryl Vanderstel 

  • Justin Vining 

  • Don Weishaar 

  • Barb Wellnitz

The following people donated materials to the IHS archives durin 2019:

  • Jackie Alexander
  • Kathleen Angelone
  • Steven R. & Sue Barnett
  • Sue Beecher
  • John Bendel
  • Benton House Association
  • Kathleen Biale
  • Carol Cottom
  • Susan Cress
  • Dee Dee Davis
  • Dodie Davis
  • Stan Denski
  • Paul Diebold
  • Christopher DiGiusto
  • Tanya Dodson
  • Anne Evans
  • Norma Jean Evans
  • Donald Flick
  • Randall Fridlund
  • Katie Glass
  • Lisa Goldberg
  • Catherine Griffin
  • Vince Griffo
  • William Gulde
  • Susan Guthrie
  • Kent Hankins
  • Ian Harmon
  • Chris Hensley
  • Laura Hildreth
  • Howe Alumni 
  • Robert Hunt
  • Indianapolis Marion County Public Library
  • David Jackson
  • Judy Jones
  • Sue Kennedy
  • Amy Kinsey
  • William Lawson
  • Jennie Lawyer
  • Susan Stirling Little
  • William Lloyd
  • Kara Long
  • Don Lunberg
  • Roger Marchal
  • Rebecca Mauser
  • Wesley McDivitt
  • Kathie Meridith
  • Stanley Mickel
  • Robert Montgomery
  • Mary Ellen Tindall
  • MorrisPenny Moss
  • Charlotte Ottinger Flick
  • Frank & Patti Owings
  • Sheri Patterson
  • Margaret Ream
  • Carol Rhue
  • Donn Richardson
  • John Robertson
  • Mary Roney
  • Kurt Schlicht
  • Carrie Schmidt
  • Steven J. & Paula Schmidt
  • Joyce Shepherd
  • Susan Sklar
  • Anton Sohn
  • Bobby Sponsel
  • James Stutz
  • Andy Thompson
  • Lawrence Tindall
  • Andrew Whitehurst
  • Nathan Zaugg