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 our stories are all donated as well.  We want to recognize and thank the businesses and individuals who have supported us over the past 12 months: 


Our Corporate Sponsors

2018 Grants

  • Irvington Community Council, Legacy Fund Award

  • Indiana Historical Society,  Heritage Support Grant

  • Individual Donors supported our receptions, administrative and exhibit costs.

Individual Donors 

Partners in creating our 2018 exhibits: 

  • The Askren Family

  • The Indiana German Heritage Society

  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

  • Family of Patricia Peat Dusendschon

  • Indiana Medical History Museum

  • Indy Cloth Dollmakers

  • Irvington Garden Club

  • Our Lady of Lourdes - Girl Scout Troop

  • Eastside Art Collective and all the artists and collectors who lent their works for I.

  • Susan Sklar , family & friends.

  • Suzanne Walker

  • The Photographers Club of Warren Central High School

Our Volunteers, who keep us open!

  • Steve & Sue Barnett

  • Sue Beecher

  • Don Brown

  • Rita Chapman

  • Paul & Peggy Diebold

  • K. Egan

  • Char Ottinger Flick

  • Don Flick

  • Emma Flick

  • Irvington’s Black Hat Society

  • Kent Hankins & Bill Aughe

  • Cheryl Hizer

  • Jennifer Hale

  • Anne Hardwick

  • Ian Harmon

  • Ron Huggler

  • Melinda Jones

  • Andrea R. Light

  • James Harmon

  • Matt & Emma Robinson

  • Steven & Paula Schmidt

  • Michael Schmidt & Tammy Dominowski

  • Anne Spudic

  • Robert Uhlenhake

  • Don Weishaar

People who donated materials

to the IHS archives during the past year:

  • Kathleen Angelone

  • Steven R. Barnett

  • Sue Beecher

  • Kathy Bizzano

  • Vivian Blankenship

  • Mark Butterfield

  • William Clarke

  • Barbara Shortridge Cooper

  • Estate of Roy Hensley

  • Charlotte Ottinger Flick

  • Donald Flick

  • Bruce Gable

  • D Gaither

  • Marty Gallagher

  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

  • Carolyn & Eugene Page Family

  • Irvington Community Council

  • Anne Hardwick

  • Laura Hildreth

  • Howe Alumni Association

  • Ron Huggler

  • Garry Brown

  • Irvington Garden Club

  • Irvington Methodist Church

  • Nancy Kimmell

  • Marilyn Korfhage

  • Andrea Rochelle Light

  • Kent Lobsiger

  • Rebecca Mauser

  • Kathy McKimmie

  • Charles S Milner

  • Debbie Parrish

  • Nancy Patrick

  • David Peat

  • Diane Ross

  • Steven and Paula Schmidt

  • Brad Shockney

  • John Shortridge

  • Susan Sklar

  • Les Strickler

  • Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacker

  • Kathleen Tilson

  • Robert Warren

  • Rhonda Wiles

  • Ann Zimmerman 

Join the Irvington Historical Society

The Irvington Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving the Art, History, and Culture of the classic suburb of Irvington since 1964!   

As a a 501(c)(3), the Irvington Historical Society relies on our members, 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:

  • Preserve the items collected by our organization since 1964. 
  • Create history and art exhibits pertinent to the present interests of Irvington and our Indianapolis-area neighbors. 
  • Provide a unique atmosphere for community gatherings. 


You can support Irvington's History by becoming a member and a sponsor of our mission.  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.


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 $500 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. 





Get Involved in your Neighborhood!

Rent the Bona for your events.

  • Donate to support one-time or ongoing expenses. 


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

The Irvington Historical Society is a 501(c)3 corporation.


 We thank you for your interest and support.