Current Exhibits

Permanent Exhibits

Our three floors of art and history always feature these exhibits about Irvington history:

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Irvington's Golden Age of Ghouls

One of our permanent exhibits at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center focuses on Irvington’s seamier side, namely the Ghouls of Irvington. Currently, there are three main topics on display.

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Kin Hubbard & Abe Martin

This permanent exhibit features the cartoons of Kin Hubbard and his well-known character Abe Martin.

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Butler University Irvington Campus 1875-1928

Butler University, founded in 1855 as North Western Christian University, was located in Irvington from 1875-1928.

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Irvington Depot Telegraph Office

The Irvington Depot, located near the intersection of South Audubon and Bonna Avenues, opened in 1873.

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West Baden Angels

An Indiana mystery.

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International Harvester

Learn more about the International Harvester plant that was located on Brookville Rd.

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T.C. Howe High School

Situated behind the Hilton U Brown home and on a site known as Violet Hill, the school closed its doors to become a charter school in 1995.

As the school closed, alumni gathered class flags, photos, plaques and sports memorabilia. That collection feeds a changing display of memories.

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Irvington & America's Wars

Irvington residents were involved in American warfare from the Civil War to Atomic testing at Bikini Atoll.

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temporary exhibits

Catch these exhibits at the Bona before they’re gone!

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December 4, 2021 - January 30, 2022

View toys and depictions of Santa Claus as seen in homes and businesses from 1890 through the 1950s.

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Madge: the life and times of Madge Oberholtzer
August 1-November 15

Remembering the young Irvington woman who brought down D.C. Stephenson and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Presenting Irvington Artists
September 11-November 13

Join us for the fourth annual show featuring the works of Irvington artists.

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coming soon

Help wanted! Contribute to these restoration efforts to see these exhibits at the Bona soon. 

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Dissette Windows: Two Windows into Irvington History

These two stained glass windows were featured on the James Dissette mansion, which became the Pleasant Run Golf Course clubhouse until the 70's.

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The "Lost" Murals of Dorothy Morlan

These murals were painted by Irvington artist Dorothy Morlan and displayed in the Women's Medical Ward in the former Indianapolis City Hospital.

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