Irvington Historical Society

Irvington Historical Society The Irvington Historical Society collects, preserves, organizes and utilizes artifacts from greater Irvington to connect the past to our present.
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05/09/2020
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Thank you to all who responded to our need for donations. Paul and Peg are truely stars! Irvington Historical Society. The DONATION CHALLENGE - A generous donor who believes in supporting community groups as part of rebuilding the local economy has donated their stimulus check to support the Irvington Historical Society and wants to issue a challenge to YOU! Please consider supporting the Irvington Historical Society, as we continue to cover operating costs and develop new forms of delivering programming. ALL donations are greatly appreciated! Click to enter your donation:https://irvingtonhistoricalsociety.square.site/

Nice sunny date mystery?  Does this Osage Orange still stand as recorded in this 1917 photo?  The back records that it w...
05/08/2020

Nice sunny date mystery? Does this Osage Orange still stand as recorded in this 1917 photo? The back records that it was north of Pleasant Run and east of Emerson Avenue and still there in 1984.

We hoped to hold the Annual Ice Cream Social in August, but feel we must cancel this event.  We don't think 500 people w...
05/08/2020

We hoped to hold the Annual Ice Cream Social in August, but feel we must cancel this event. We don't think 500 people will be able to gather safely, since one of the main pleasures of the event is the "Social" part. The Social will be back in 2021. For now, the Historic Society is trying to figure out a way to hold a Socially Distant Ice Cream event. Maybe carry out ice cream on Sundays? Or, try to arrange a food truck? Suggestions?

This opening date keeps moving!  We hope this is the last change.  Initially, we will be open ONLY Saturday and Sunday. ...
05/08/2020

This opening date keeps moving! We hope this is the last change. Initially, we will be open ONLY Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you soon!

05/07/2020

Stroll and Learn FB Live event this Saturday 10 am: “Irvington’s Third Circle.”

Political cartoons
05/05/2020

Political cartoons

Mystery Monday.  Did you know that the Kile Oak is named for the Kile family who owned the lot where the tree now stands...
05/04/2020

Mystery Monday. Did you know that the Kile Oak is named for the Kile family who owned the lot where the tree now stands? Located at 5939 Beechwood Avenue, the Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is nearly 100 feet tall and over 400 years old. A habitat garden around it is owned by the Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation and maintained by the Irvington Garden Club. That this lovely spot has a protected status is the result of Mae Kile's efforts, the last inhabitant of the home once adjacent to the oak. For years she lobbied all types of agencies, wrote letters and involved the community. She was ultimately successful, but by then she resided in a California nursing home. These 1910 photographs show Mae Kile and other members of the Lilly Stenographic pool. Photo 1:l-r Mae (Ellis) Jones, Agnes Darmody, Lenore(Dickey) Sommers, Mae Kile, Belle Littell, Stenographic Dept Eli Lilly. Photo 2:l-r Belle Littell, Agnes Darmody, Mae Kile.

05/01/2020

Stroll & Learn FB Live session this Saturday 10 a.m.
Pleasant Run Parkway
and a pattern book house!

Recently the Irvington Historic Society Archive scanned this panoramic photo of Howe High School's 1991 graduation cerem...
04/29/2020

Recently the Irvington Historic Society Archive scanned this panoramic photo of Howe High School's 1991 graduation ceremony. The shot which includes the various class flags behind the class. The Historical Society needs copies needs copies of the yearbook from 1996 on to complete our collection. Your donations are appreciated.

Irvington Historical Society's cover photo
04/29/2020

Irvington Historical Society's cover photo

OK folks, if this isn't a "historic" turn of events.  Hope that all of the bays at the Steer Inn will be filled!
04/27/2020

OK folks, if this isn't a "historic" turn of events. Hope that all of the bays at the Steer Inn will be filled!

Announcement:
Starting Thursday April 30th we will open our car hop service.Hours will be 11am-7:30pm seven days a week.Bring the Family and eat in the safety and comfort of your own car. We will have the window trays to take you back to the 60’s(No Roller Skates).
Thank You for all of your support during this difficult time.

Mystery Monday.  The Irvington Historical Society Archive continues to process and enjoy amazing items from our backlog....
04/27/2020
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln : Warren, Louis Austin, 1885- : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Mystery Monday. The Irvington Historical Society Archive continues to process and enjoy amazing items from our backlog. Each has a mystery attached to it. Sometimes it is merely, “What the heck is this?” Sometimes it is “Who are these people or is this Irvington?” But sometimes it is a question of “why”? I opened an envelope and the headline shouted, "Important, Assassination of President Lincoln". The paper was the New York Herald, folded in fourths, in bad condition, and dated April 15, 1865. Excitable as I am, I leapt to the conclusion that this was an original. The paper had Caroline T. Hall's name written on it. Imagine me bouncing in my seat and trying not to destroy this paper. But friends this is a cautionary tale! Caroline T. Hall was born in 1875, 10 years after the issue was originally published. So, back to the original I go and there is a copyright pending notice for 1899. On the other side is a partial word, "fac-simil". So, there is little value and no "mystery", but it is interesting how many reprints were created and what furor they have caused. Check out this file from the "Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection".
https://archive.org/details/assassinationofa00warr/page/n1/mode/2up

From the files of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection

Irvington United Methodist Church
04/23/2020

Irvington United Methodist Church

To our Irvington Community:

This coming Saturday, April 25, from noon to 1:30 pm, IUMC will be giving out packets of wildflower seeds to brighten our community in the days to come. Precautions are being taken in packaging and handling, and social distancing will be honored. We will be set up outside our east door entrance and you can drive up or walk up.

In addition to the seeds, we will also have other items available that have been donated to our church: books, miscellaneous clothing, and handmade face masks. If you or someone you know needs clothing or masks, or even a different book to read, come see us on Saturday! There is no cost, other than a wave or friendly smile.

God bless!

04/23/2020

Weather permitting, another Stroll & Learn FB Live this Saturday, 10 am. North Circle in Irvington!

Mystery Monday.  Our new exhibit, Steeped in History: Irvington Commercial,  will open sometime in 2020 -- I'm afraid to...
04/20/2020

Mystery Monday. Our new exhibit, Steeped in History: Irvington Commercial, will open sometime in 2020 -- I'm afraid to record a date. We tell the stories of 18 Irvington commercial sites which were once residences. Visit us when we open to check out how The Irving Theater and the Irvington State Bank came to be. For now here is an example of the information presented. The home of Charles M Cross once sat on the site of the Irving Theater. To build the theater, Cross's home was turned from its original Washington Street orientation to face Ritter. We want to thank Paul Diebold for doing some of the planned architectural tours as live Facebook tours. They are available either on our page or our web page.

04/18/2020
04/16/2020

Another Stroll and Learn FB Live this Saturday, 10 am
Irving Circle Park!

Dedications in 1973 and 1976. Help with an identify crisis! The archive is indexing photos relating to the dedication of...
04/14/2020

Dedications in 1973 and 1976. Help with an identify crisis! The archive is indexing photos relating to the dedication of the Kile Oak property in 1973 and as a Bicentennial tree in 1976. We have an audio tape of the 1973 event and transcripts of the speeches, but no identification of the people.

Dedications in 1973 and 1976. Help with an identify crisis! The archive is indexing photos relating to the dedication of the Kile Oak property in 1973 and as a Bicentennial tree in 1976. We have an audio tape of the 1973 event and transcripts of the speeches, but no identification of the people.

Mystery Monday.  Jive Hive? Were you there? This Irvington teen canteen opened in 1944.  Does anyone have photos or stor...
04/13/2020

Mystery Monday. Jive Hive? Were you there? This Irvington teen canteen opened in 1944. Does anyone have photos or stories of the Hive to share? This invitation is now part of the Irvington Historical Society's Howe Collection.

Happy Easter neighbors.  If you take a walk with your family, stop by the Bona Thompson, 5350 University, Pick up an Irv...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter neighbors. If you take a walk with your family, stop by the Bona Thompson, 5350 University, Pick up an Irvington maps and check out the video of Abe Martin sayings visible through the door.

04/11/2020
04/10/2020
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The Irvington Historical Society invites you to join or renew your membership to the Society at https://irvingtonhistoricalsociety.square.site/. Your contributions literally pay our bills. We are a local museum. Programs like the exhibits at the Bona and the Facebook Live tours by Paul Diebold are volunteer efforts to preserve. If you have enjoyed Paul's tours please consider supporting us. Thanks

04/09/2020

Look for us again this Saturday, 10 am, we’ll go live for a “stroll and learn” session in Irvington!

The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival
04/08/2020

The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

Our community is known for supporting local and our businesses have always been early investors in making amazing events like The Halloween Festival happen. This year we need your help, starting with helping us design a t-shirt to celebrate our 150 anniversary. Click link for more info.

http://ow.ly/VmEs50z9abz

Mystery Monday. This Archivist is thankful for the backlog that is providing some amazing finds.  One is a program from ...
04/06/2020

Mystery Monday. This Archivist is thankful for the backlog that is providing some amazing finds. One is a program from a 1916 "special benefit entertainment" for the Irvington School ( #57)PTA. Although no location is recorded, the Irving Theater opened in 1913. The program shows what a variety show it was: a movie, travelog, live musical performance, a reading and character songs! The movie, The Shine Girl, got rave reviews for actress Gladys Hulette, and the public loved the Pollyanna type character. Sadly it remains a lost silent film . Character songs would be anything from minstral, opera, or the type of comic songs that Fannie Brice delivered. More to come!!

Indiana Album
04/06/2020

Indiana Album

"So a guy walked into a bar... well, actually not a bar, probably a library... and he hands the Indiana Album a stack of real photo postcards from the early 1900s. His elderly neighbor had died with no living relatives, so the man wanted to donate [loan] the postcards to the Indiana Album Project. They scanned them, posted them online and a few weeks later I find a photo of my grandfather having a picnic with a woman identified as his wife, but who was definitely not my grandmother. I can only presume the woman is my grandfather's mysterious first wife who was committed to an insane asylum in the early 1920s. Thanks to the Indiana Album for their tireless work which finally put a face on a nearly forgotten piece of my family's history." Comment from Libby Kelly Cierzniak
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The Indiana Album thrives on serendipity. Genealogists, historians, students, preservations, and others seek photographs, but will never find them in your house. We exist to copy, catalog, and share images in our states's community digital archive at indianaalbum.com. Learn how to submit your own photos: https://bit.ly/2X7MVty

The postcard is captioned "Mrs. Paul Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. V. C. Griffis (left), Omar, Olive, and Reade [Pearce] (right) - Picnic July 4th 1914 Williamsburg." Thanks to Libby we now know that the couple on the left is Dr. Vierl C. Griffis and his first wife Gertrude (Stephens) Griffis of Richmond. (Kudos to Wayne C. Klusman for sharing his neighbor's many real photo postcards of Williamsburg)

04/04/2020
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 4th at 10am when Paul Diebold  will meet you via Facebook Live at the Bona Thomps...
04/02/2020

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 4th at 10am when Paul Diebold will meet you via Facebook Live at the Bona Thompson Memorial to talk about who Bona Thompson really was and why she has a memorial. So, get a cup of coffee and join us.

History Daily
03/30/2020

History Daily

in 1946, this was the 'Bicycle of the Future'. 🚲

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The Irvington Historical Society has collected and preserved history for greater Irvington, and the eastside of Indianapolis since 1964. With the Bona Thompson Memorial as our home, beginning in 2000 we have been able to exhibit those historical objects to connect Irvington's past to its present. Our museum is available to the public without admission. We support our mission through donation, sponsorship, use of the Bona and the efforts of our volunteers.

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Hello. I have acquired a large box that has the name Wilhelm Schnier (not sure of the spelling of the last name0. I believe it was used to ship some belongings in it as it has the word "Louisiana" right below his last name. The whole inscription reads "Wilhelm Schnier to (unkown) Louisiana." The box seems pretty old as it is constructed with square nails and old looking hinges and handles. Any help would be appreciated.
I came across this old photo today, does anyone recognize a family member? The back indicates it is an image of the Philathea Bible Class of the Irvington Methodist Church, taken in May 1946 at the home of Martha Rhinehart. I believe this is Martha Rinehardt of 459 S. Grand Ave, at the corner with Brookville. My Aunt Grace Flukawa is the lady sitting in the front holding the white hat and my grandmother Pearl LaFara is the lady standing at the far right in the back. The Rinehardt's had two sons, Herbert 1917 and Kenneth 1921, the husband was Emil.
do you have a graduation pic for 1954 ?
Thank You ! IRVINGTON, Bigger and Better as time moves on ! ❤➕✌🇺🇸🎶☃️⚘
Guess where these came from? Hint... they could date back to 1906.
Sharing this blog post from ISL about the papers of Grace Julian being digitized.
From my father's photo collection, here is his 8th grade class at IPS #57 in 1939. On the back, he collected the "autographs" of his classmates. At some point, he wrote out the names of everyone and I have transcribed it here, although there may be some inaccuracies... IPS #57 Class 8A June 1939 left to right Boys Standing: Robert Reed, Robert LaFara, Robert Still, Philip Lasley, Roy Haymaker, Gerald Lewis ?, Wesley Mercer, Richard Gray, Charles Pope, Joseph Weaver, Richard Boothman, Arthur Alexander, Raymond Goodman Girls Standing: Virginia Harvey, Nancy Ostrander, Alice Hackney, Evelyn McConnell, Jeanne Garrett, Wanda Owen, Anne Eberhart, Caroline Gordon, Marilyn Morgan, Rita Niese, Mary Underwood, Nancy Pinnick, Edith Dunklan, Marion Linder, Myrtle (Clare Lewis), JoAnn Kingsbury Girls Seated: Janet Jerome, Betty Ann Florach, Elaine Reed, Lois Rawlings, Molly Lou Quandt, Rose Ann Meredith, Patrisha Elfner, Eva Ruth Ham, Virginia Richter, Bonnie Van Treese, Norma Walker, Joan Thomas Boys Seated: William Woods, Richard Arnholter, Robert Dickerson
A glimpse into Butler U. 1891-‘92.
Irvington Masonic Lodge No. 666 F & AM (this image is from the 1922 lodge hall dedication brochure)
Where can I get a picture or a print of a map from the 50's and 60's and 70's of Washington street from Ritter to East Gate?
Where can I get vendor information about the holiday bazaar? Sent an email but haven't gotten a reply.
Have you seen the McCormick table? If so finding it could earn you 5K.