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.

Local history available here. 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 historical objects to form a connection between Irvington's past and its present. Our museum is available to the public without admission. W

Local history available here. 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 historical objects to form a connection between Irvington's past and its present. Our museum is available to the public without admission. W

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It's almost #GivingTuesday, & we have a special request. We are creating an endowment to support the Irvington Historica...
11/24/2021
Endowment - Irvington Historical Society

It's almost #GivingTuesday, & we have a special request. We are creating an endowment to support the Irvington Historical Society. Will you contribute & help reach the goal?

Endowment Why is history so important to Irvington? It gives us our identity. We need your help to maintain Irvington’s history. $ 0 of $25,000 raised Donate Today Thank you for your contribution to the future of the Irvington Historical Society. This endowment will provide a more stable funding s...

11/23/2021
Mystery Monday. After focusing on how to market an event, I am compelled  to describe a correction just made in our book...
11/22/2021

Mystery Monday. After focusing on how to market an event, I am compelled to describe a correction just made in our book Greater Irvington II. An error based on marketing. From 1913 to 1917 Irvington supported two banks almost across the street from each other. The Irvington Bank located at 5410-5416 E Washington St ( current home of the Irvington Frame Shop & Irvington Jewelers) and at 5501E Washington St resided the East Side State Bank. By 1917, the East Side State Bank, had merged with Irvington Bank and re-named itself Irvington State Bank. A bank continued at the 5501 location until 1995 when Bank One closed their Irvington branch. If you are confused, I certainly was and had the addresses scrambled. The updated Greater Irvington II will be available soon.

Our volunteers are wonderful! Have you seen the work on our new website?
11/22/2021
New Irvington Historical Society Webpage | Weekly View

Our volunteers are wonderful! Have you seen the work on our new website?

It is not every day that someone approaches with an idea and offers to help. The Irvington Historical Society has long been supported by volunteers who have given their time and talents to create the museum and its exhibits. Let’s start with a bit of history – in 1964, when the Irvington Histori...

This is the last day for the 2021 Holiday Fair.  We are open from 10am to 4pm.  Park on the street or follow the signs t...
11/20/2021

This is the last day for the 2021 Holiday Fair. We are open from 10am to 4pm. Park on the street or follow the signs to the parking lot.

This is the last day for the 2021 Holiday Fair. We are open from 10am to 4pm. Park on the street or follow the signs to the parking lot.

The Holiday Fair is winding down. It has been fun! We will be open until 9 and then open again tomorrow at 10AM.
11/20/2021

The Holiday Fair is winding down. It has been fun! We will be open until 9 and then open again tomorrow at 10AM.

The Holiday Fair is winding down. It has been fun! We will be open until 9 and then open again tomorrow at 10AM.

Yikes! Our order of Greater Irvington II has been delayed until after Thanksgiving.  If you purchase a copy at the Holid...
11/19/2021

Yikes! Our order of Greater Irvington II has been delayed until after Thanksgiving. If you purchase a copy at the Holiday Fair, it will be hand delivered within the 46219 area or shipped to you postage free. AND it will be inscribed by the author.

Yikes! Our order of Greater Irvington II has been delayed until after Thanksgiving. If you purchase a copy at the Holiday Fair, it will be hand delivered within the 46219 area or shipped to you postage free. AND it will be inscribed by the author.

Mystery Monday.  Can you share any other images of the Ford Motor Manufacturing Plant once at 6900 English Avenue?  In 1...
11/15/2021

Mystery Monday. Can you share any other images of the Ford Motor Manufacturing Plant once at 6900 English Avenue? In 1914 Ford Motor Company constructed a facility at 1315 East Washington Street, currently being renovated. Until 1917, Irvington had its own sales and service location on Washington St, across from School 57. In 1956, Ford constructed the factory on English Avenue to make hydraulic steering gear assemblies. The main building occupied 1,645,000 square feet and later was expanded to 1,900,000 square feet. As the industry switched to electronic steering assemblies, Ford closed the plant in 2008 and it was demolished in 2017.

Today is the last day to see the Madge Oberholtzer exhibit at the Irvington Historical Society.
11/14/2021

Today is the last day to see the Madge Oberholtzer exhibit at the Irvington Historical Society.

On November 14, 1925, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon D.C. Stephenson was convicted of the murder of Irvington native Madge Oberholtzer and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction, made possible by the deathbed testimony of Oberholtzer, exacerbated the already precipitous decline of the Klan's popularity and influence in Indiana politics.

After a year in prison, Stephenson began correspondence with the Indianapolis Times . In his letters, Stephenson revealed evidence of corruption in state government, as well as in Indianapolis city government. The Times published these letters and called for justice to be served.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3mzg51c

The image of Oberholtzer below is courtesy of the Madge Oberholtzer page.

Shared by Charlotte H Ottinger.  Thanks
11/12/2021

Shared by Charlotte H Ottinger. Thanks

On November 12, 1922, seven African American women founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. at Butler University. The founders navigated a racially segregated education system in order to attend the predominantly white campus then located in Irvington, east of downtown Indianapolis.

According to Khalilah A. Shabazz and Remitha Norman, "Their common mission to promote educational equity for children and support women of color led to an array of philanthropic activities and advocacy in Indiana."

Learn more about the history of Sigma Gamma Rho here: https://bit.ly/3bP7xNH

The image of Sigma Gamma Rho members in 1924 below is courtesy of the Sigma Gamma Rho website.

11/12/2021

On November 12, 1922, seven African American women founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. at Butler University. The founders navigated a racially segregated education system in order to attend the predominantly white campus then located in Irvington, east of downtown Indianapolis.

According to Khalilah A. Shabazz and Remitha Norman, "Their common mission to promote educational equity for children and support women of color led to an array of philanthropic activities and advocacy in Indiana."

Learn more about the history of Sigma Gamma Rho here: https://bit.ly/3bP7xNH

The image of Sigma Gamma Rho members in 1924 below is courtesy of the Sigma Gamma Rho website.

This will be the last weekend to see our wonderful Irvington artists as well as the exhibit on Madge Oberholtzer.  Monda...
11/12/2021

This will be the last weekend to see our wonderful Irvington artists as well as the exhibit on Madge Oberholtzer. Monday we begin setting up for the 2021 Holiday Fair. The Bona is open Saturday/ Sunday 1-4pm at 5350 University Ave.

This will be the last weekend to see our wonderful Irvington artists as well as the exhibit on Madge Oberholtzer. Monday we begin setting up for the 2021 Holiday Fair. The Bona is open Saturday/ Sunday 1-4pm at 5350 University Ave.

As Irvington remembers its veterans, perhaps you have a family memory to share. Visit Sat. & Sun., 1-4 p.m., 5350 E Univ...
11/11/2021
Irvington and America's Wars - Irvington Historical Society

As Irvington remembers its veterans, perhaps you have a family memory to share. Visit Sat. & Sun., 1-4 p.m., 5350 E University Ave.

Exhibits Irvington & America’s Wars Irvington residents were involved in American warfare from the Civil War to Atomic testing at Bikini Atoll. Posters, uniforms, photos and other items help tell their story. Manufacturing sites like International Harvester retooled to support WWII. Schools and ot...

The Genealogical Society of Marion County, Indiana will present a virtual “Military Day” program.   Advance registration...
11/10/2021

The Genealogical Society of Marion County, Indiana will present a virtual “Military Day” program. Advance registration required for virtual program: send email with your name, city and state, before event to [email protected] with the subject RSVP November 13
In cooperation with the Irvington Historical Society, you can view these programs at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 E. University Av, Indianapolis, Saturday, November 13, 2021. No registration is required for attending the in-person event. The program begins at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Free admission.

The Genealogical Society of Marion County, Indiana will present a virtual “Military Day” program. Advance registration required for virtual program: send email with your name, city and state, before event to [email protected] with the subject RSVP November 13
In cooperation with the Irvington Historical Society, you can view these programs at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 E. University Av, Indianapolis, Saturday, November 13, 2021. No registration is required for attending the in-person event. The program begins at 1:30 pm Eastern Time. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Free admission.

The Irvington Historical Society looks forward to seeing you at the 2021 Holiday Fair,  Friday, November 19 from 5 to 9p...
11/09/2021

The Irvington Historical Society looks forward to seeing you at the 2021 Holiday Fair, Friday, November 19 from 5 to 9pm and Saturday, November 20 from 10am to 4pm.

Mystery Monday.  School #77, Anna Pearl Hamilton on 401 N. Arlington Ave, had an active PTA in 1963.  This group of pare...
11/08/2021

Mystery Monday. School #77, Anna Pearl Hamilton on 401 N. Arlington Ave, had an active PTA in 1963. This group of parents put on a performance titled "Alexander's Ragtime Band". We don't have names for anyone in these photos. Do any of you recognize your parents?

These gifts are not just for Christmas!
11/08/2021

These gifts are not just for Christmas!

These gifts are not just for Christmas!

11/07/2021

Reposted to add Julie Young. Begin your Christmas shopping locally. If you enjoy reading or giving books by local authors, we can help.
Your purchase supports your creative neighbors and the Irvington Historical Society.

A special message to the Irvington Black Hat Society.  If you are in need of a wand upgrade or looking for a special gif...
11/05/2021

A special message to the Irvington Black Hat Society. If you are in need of a wand upgrade or looking for a special gift, check out Elizabeth in Wanderland at the Holiday Fair.

A special message to the Irvington Black Hat Society. If you are in need of a wand upgrade or looking for a special gift, check out Elizabeth in Wanderland at the Holiday Fair.

11/05/2021

FOEP Dig Indy Survey: bit.ly/BigDigSurvey

Friends of Ellenberger Park wants your input about the Dig Indy project that is currently underway at Ellenberger Park. Please review the project FAQ sheet (see link below) and then fill out the survey to let us know what you think about the current plans and potential alternatives. Through your participation, we hope to maximize the community benefit of the dollars being spent on our beloved park.

Dig Indy Project at Ellenberger Park FAQ Sheet:
https://www.citizensenergygroup.com/Our-Company/Our-Projects/DigIndy-Related-Projects/Pleasant-Run-Tunnel/V4-Pleasant-Run-Tunnel-Ellenberger-Park-Irvington.pdf

#irvington #ellenbergerpark #DigIndy

11/03/2021

Irvington Historical Society supporters — if you are a State of Indiana employee, you can select Irvington Historical Society for your United Way state combined campaign donations!

Begin your holiday shopping and support local artisans and your local museum, the Bona Thompson Center  #localbusiness#i...
11/03/2021

Begin your holiday shopping and support local artisans and your local museum, the Bona Thompson Center #localbusiness#irvingtonindiana

Begin your holiday shopping and support local artisans and your local museum, the Bona Thompson Center #localbusiness#irvingtonindiana

Mystery Monday. A fantastic collection of documents and memorabilia from the Clapp Food Market at 6044 E Washington Stre...
11/01/2021

Mystery Monday. A fantastic collection of documents and memorabilia from the Clapp Food Market at 6044 E Washington Street until 1971, included this ad for a radio show, The Tales of Willie Piper, produced between 1946 and 1948. The poster would have been provided by General Electric who sponsored the show. Interesting what survives the ravages of time.

The Irvington Historical Society is excited to announce that we’ve been awarded an Operating Support Grant of $5000 from...
10/26/2021

The Irvington Historical Society is excited to announce that we’ve been awarded an Operating Support Grant of $5000 from
Indiana Humanities with funds from the American Rescue Plan.
These funds will pay our monthly utilities so that we can focus on providing our visitors with free access to a local museum. Thank you.

The Irvington Historical Society is excited to announce that we’ve been awarded an Operating Support Grant of $5000 from
Indiana Humanities with funds from the American Rescue Plan.
These funds will pay our monthly utilities so that we can focus on providing our visitors with free access to a local museum. Thank you.

Mystery Monday Halloween Figures #4 More seasonal greeters at the Bona Thompson Center.  Meet: Witch with a Cauldron, Pe...
10/25/2021

Mystery Monday Halloween Figures #4 More seasonal greeters at the Bona Thompson Center. Meet: Witch with a Cauldron, Peg-legged Pirate Owl, and the Skeleton Pirate. These were designs introduced in the 1950s by the Beistle Company. All Irvington is preparing for your visit to the 2021 Irvington Halloween Festival, Oct 30, from 10 to 4. https://www.irvingtonhalloween.com/ We hope you visit the Bona Thompson, 5350 University Avenue, to view our exhibit on Madge Oberholtzer, DC Stephenson's murder victim as well as the 2021 exhibit Presenting Irvington Artists. We are walking distance from the main Street Fair.

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5350 University Ave
Indianapolis, IN
46219

Opening Hours

1pm - 4pm

Telephone

(317) 602-2962

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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.

Thank you. Come visit us. Get involved.

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Fabulous visit. I was so impressed to see so much love in this museum.
After friend and #getlostindiana EDventurer, Jim Nixon, and I fueled up on a shared breakfast of two over-easy eggs, one large pancake, chicken fried steak with gravy, and extra crispy hash browns, we took to the streets of Irvington to take in all the spooky sights and sensational smells of the Halloween Festival. Such a fun event that the community and surrounding communities show up for! #Getlostindiana The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Irvington Historical Society
ICMS CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT: ICMS Little Free Library Fully Stocked For Weekend Reading! HUGE thanks to our teachers, students, parents/guardians, and community members who help keep the ICMS Little Free Library stocked with reads! (The ICS Little Free Library program is part of the school's placemaking and community outreach efforts.) This is a GREAT weekend to grab the bike or your walking shoes and head on over to find your next fav read. Books and magazines for ALL ages are available for the taking! Enjoy, Irvington! Irvington Historic District The Benton House Irvington Historical Society
“Nicknames for Indy and neighborhoods: their origins” Listen to the radio show Sat. Aug. 21 noon to one ET at WICR 88.7 fm or stream at www.hoosierhistorylive.org During the decades when Indianapolis and its downtown were far from vibrant, Naptown was frequently used. You’ve also heard Indy, Circle City, Crossroads of America, Amateur Sports Capital and, during the 19th century, Railroad City. Nelson’s guest is Steve Barnett, Marion County Historian. Call in at 317-788-3314. WICR Irvington Historical Society Irvington Neighbors - Indianapolis, Indiana City of Indianapolis - Government Irvington Historic District Irvington Historical Society
Turned in my application for Presenting Irvington Artists today! Pastel+watercolor piece.
COMMUNITY PARTNER + EVENT HIGHLIGHT: Ice cream, BBQ, music & more, Ravens! THIS Sunday at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center right here in Irvington. Come on out with the fam and support our partners from the Irvington Historical Society! > Event Date: Sunday, Aug. 1 | Noon - 4 p.m.
Irvington Historical Society is truly the yin to our yang. Every year they provide our home owners a complete history of their home! Such an amazing "thank you" to our home owners that are opening their homes up to the community!
A couple of cool pieces. Irvington Ice & Coal Co. And School 85.
Guest Roadtripper Suzanne Stanis of Indiana Landmarks will talk about the Julian-Clarke House in Irvington tomorrow. Listen to Suzanne about 12:15 p.m. Sat. Mar 13 at WICR 88.7 or online at www.hoosierhistorylive.org Grace Julian Clarke, a suffragist and social reformer, moved to Irvington as a child and called the residence at 115 South Audubon home until her death in 1938. WICR Indiana Landmarks Irvington Historical Society Kathleen Madinger Angelone Society of Indiana History Enthusiasts Terri Gorney
Sat. Mar. 13 “Madge Oberholtzer: more than victim of a shocking crime in 1925” Listen Sat. noon ET at WICR 88.7 fm or stream at www.hoosierhistorylive.org She was the victim of one of the most lurid crimes in Indiana history, the brutal r**e in March 1925 by D.C. Stephenson, Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, that led to her eventual death after a su***de attempt. The deathbed testimony of Madge Oberholtzer, a resident of the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis, resulted in the eventual conviction of Stephenson. Nelson’s guest is Charlotte Ottinger, an Irvington resident who has been working on a biography of Madge. Call in at 317-788-3314. WICR Charlotte Ottinger Irvington Neighbors Irvington Community Council Irvington Historical Society Kathleen Madinger Angelone Terri Gorney Pi Beta Phi Purdue Indiana Delta Indiana Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Butler University
Who here recognizes this National Historic Landmark and Historic Hudson Valley neighbor? This is Villa Lewaro, the former Irvington home of Madam C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in the United States. It was designed by Vertner Tandy, the first African American architect registered in New York. In addition to being a home, Villa Lewaro hosted conferences on race relations issues and was a meeting place for notable Harlem Renaissance figures like W.E.B. Dubois and Langston Hughes. Villa Lewaro is currently closed to the public, but in the meantime, you can take a virtual tour courtesy of Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/-wISHp9z5EklIg Also, our friends at the Irvington Historical Society plan to host a free online presentation on this amazing estate and the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker. Be sure to check it out! https://www.irvingtonhistoricalsociety.org/ #BlackHistoryMonth 📷 Historic New England
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