Accomplishments and Partnerships

The Carmel Clay Historical Society is proud to partner with a number of Clay Township and Hamilton County organization as we strive to meet our mission.



  • Carmel Clay Public Library, for programs and exhibits
  • Noblesville Preservation Alliance, to resurvey historic structures in the county and facilitate the state’s creation of a new survey
  • Noblesville Public Library, creating curriculum materials for local 3rd grade students
  • IUPUI Library, to digitize early newspapers and dozens of William Kinzer letters and a journal from the mid-1800s
  • Fire Buffs Museum, offering tours to local 2nd grade students
  • Tour de Carmel, identifying historic sites along their route
  • Boy Scout Den
  • Carmel Clay Schools, providing curriculum-guided materials about local history for 2nd grade students, visiting classrooms, and offering tours of Old Town and the Monon Depot Museum



  • Saved the historic McShane home from demolition through advocacy, creating public awareness and alerting and partnering with Indiana Landmarks
  • Held Founders Dinner celebrating Carmel’s 175th anniversary, featuring Carmel native and NPR radio host Steve Inskeep
  • Recorded video oral histories of some of Carmel’s oldest residents
  • Digitized nearly 1,000 photographs in our collection and made them available online
  • Preserved more than 200 early Carmel newspapers, copies of which do not exist anywhere else. Dozens have been digitized by IUPUI
  • Had an assessment of our textile collection by the Indiana State Museum’s Head Conservator; we have items in our collection that are quite unique and valuable and that are not held by the ISM
  • Offer school tours to more than 500 students each year