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Carmel Clay Historical Society would like to invite you to share your COVID-19 experiences with us. Our society has collected the city of Carmel and Clay Township’s histories for many years. We recognize that this is a historic time and would like to take a proactive approach to collecting COVID-19 stories and photographs. Please take part in our COVID-19 collecting initiative by participating in our survey.

Click here to start the survey.

Spring Tea – Postponed

March 12, 2020

Due to risks associated with COVID-19, we have postponed our annual Spring Tea. We will schedule this event once it is safe for us to gather together.



We are excited to announce that our book, The Early History of Carmel Schools, is now available! Among the many exciting discoveries, we found that Carmel High School was established in 1869, not 1887 as was previously thought. 2019 is the school’s 150th anniversary! You can read more about this discovery in the Current in Carmel newspaper.

You’ll also learn about Carmel’s other high school, the Poplar Ridge Seminary (1860-1888), as well as the pioneer log cabin schools and the one-room district schoolhouses. The book includes pictures of schoolhouses from nearly all the school districts and numerous stories and recollections from the students and teachers who attended them.

The book is on sale at the Monon Depot for $5. Stop in M-F, 11am-4pm. If you would like us to ship you a copy, please give our office a call at 317-846-7117.

The Carmel Clay Historical Society and the City of Carmel invite you to be a part of Carmel’s history by purchasing a brick paver to be placed in a city sidewalk or common area. The paver can be engraved with your name, the name of a loved one, business or association. The pavers will be placed in the sidewalk on Main Street or the common area of Midtown Plaza near Monon Boulevard.

There are three paver options.

  • 4×8 Paver with 2 lines of text – $60
  • 4×8 Paver with 3 lines of text – $70
  • 8×8 Paver with 4 lines of text – $100

All messages are centered on each line. You will be notified when/where the paver is installed. If you would prefer to print and mail a form, click here. Email Julie Kingston with questions.

CCHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Paver purchases are tax-deductible contributions to the extent provided by the law.

Thank you to Ceramica, Inc. and Indiana Brick Co. for their generous support for this project.

John Graves has completed his book on Carmel farms! You can visit the Monon Depot to look at our copy of Honorable Work for the Benefit of Us All: Remembering the Farm Families and Farms of Carmel, Indiana, or order your own copy!

The book includes over 540 pages, 240 historical photos, 118 recent photos of historical structures and sites, 136 annotated topographical maps, 51 genealogical snapshots, and more!

 

Are you looking for something to do or know a student who needs volunteer hours? We need volunteer docents to keep the museum open. Enjoy talking to your neighbors and watching the action on the Monon Trail while you give back to your community! If you are new to volunteering and would like to learn more please call Emily at 317-846-7117, or visit our signup page for more information.

Our hours of operation are Friday evenings from 5pm-7pm Saturday & Sunday afternoons 1pm-4pm and Gallery Walk nights (Saturday) 5pm-9pm.

This self-guided driving tour blends the new and the old, the vibrant suburban core with the small-town farming community. By clicking on a site on the map in the app, you will be able to read or listen to the history of that location and see it in a historic photograph. In some cases, you will have the fascinating opportunity to compare a historic photo and current photo side-by-side, using a slider to watch the image change centuries before your eyes.

This self-guiding, interactive driving tour was developed by a partnership between Ball State University and the Carmel Clay Historical Society. It was made possible with support from the City of Carmel and Hamilton County Tourism. A link to the app will have a permanent home under the Local History menu of our webpage.

Access the tour here.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of Carmel? Who were the first pioneer families? How did Carmel transition from a small town to Indiana’s 5th largest city? What events shaped, impeded and spurred the city’s growth? These questions are answered in The Story of Carmel, an interactive presentation by the Carmel Clay Historical Society in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial with funding from Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.

We invite you to view the presentation below!