About the CCHS

The Carmel Clay Historical Society is the sole repository for documents, photographs, stories, and information pertaining to the 177 years of Carmel’s history. Its reach extends to every individual and business that is — or has been — a part of this community. Executive Director Emily Ehrgott oversees the exhibits, programs, initiatives, relationships, outreach of the Society. Andrew Wright assists in the CCHS office with special projects and general inquiries.

The CCHS was organized in 1975 during local preparations for the national Bicentennial of 1976. Preservation of the Monon Depot, built in 1883, was the first major project undertaken by the organization and today serves as a museum about Carmel’s history. It is open free to the public. Last year, 497 people visited the museum from 3 countries and 11 states. In addition, 912 Carmel second-grade students came to the museum and experienced Old Town on tours led by our volunteers.

The Society is a private non-profit organization and strives to help local people here today connect with the past and understand that they, too, are witnessing history in their community every day.

Our Mission

The Carmel Clay Historical Society encourages an appreciation for and understanding of the settlement, growth, and development of the city of Carmel and Clay Township, bringing historical relevance/ context and enrichment to the lives of it citizens and visitors. The CCHS fulfills its mission by providing educational services in the following ways:

  • * Public Programs about local topics
  • * Tours of the Monon Railroad Depot Museum
  • * Curriculum materials to schools on local and county history
  • * Historic Home Tours highlighting local architecture and antiques
  • * Providing genealogical assistance to area researchers
  • * Maintaining an archives of letters, diaries, newspapers, documents, and artifacts that pertain to Carmel and Clay Township


Our Vision

The Carmel Clay Historical Society connects Carmel residents to the past by preserving and sharing its collections and by providing educational programs celebrating the history of Carmel.


Special thanks is extended to our Corporate Sponsors:


Old Town Design Group

Media Factory

Browning Day Mullins Dierdor

BMO Harris Bank

Woodland Terrace of Carmel

Sun King Brewery

Encore Sotheby’s International Realty – Joe Shoemaker

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