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Hundreds of bikers take the Monon Greenway past the Monon Depot Museum everyday. We were inspired by their enthusiasm and are excited to celebrate the history of the bike and our city’s fondness for it with our exhibit, Cycling through History, from May 19 – July 29 at the Monon Depot! CCHS members are invited to a Member Preview on May 18, 5-7pm! The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Shwinn Krate, and more! Bike the Monon Greenway to the exhibit! The Monon Depot Museum is located at 211 1st St. SW!

The exhibit is sponsored by Pedego Carmel and will be on display at the Monon Depot Museum Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m, and Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m.


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.


We invite you to join us for our annual Spring Luncheon Fundraiser on April 15 from 1-3pm at the Woodland Terrace Community Room (689 Pro-Med Ln)! Enjoy lunch and entertainment as you see old friends, make new ones, and share your love of local history. This year’s presentation will showcase men’s and women’s fashion throughout history. Tickets are $30, $25 for members.

Click here to register or mail a check to: Carmel Clay Historical Society, 211 1st St SW, Carmel, IN 46032.

We are excited to start off our 2018 season with 2 exhibit openings!


The Great War – Exhibit Opening April 14

The Monon Depot opens to the public on April 14 from 1-4pm with our first exhibit of 2018, The Great War. This exhibit commemorates the WWI Centennial and includes artifacts, stories and photographs from our collection combined with traveling exhibits from the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Museum. Members are invited to preview the exhibit April 13, 5-7pm.

More than 120 Carmel men and women joined the service during WWI. We invite you to explore the roots of World War I, America’s entrance into the war, Indiana’s participation in and contributions to the war effort, the role of Hoosier women both at home and abroad, and more!


Art from the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s Collection – Exhibit Opening March 30

Carmel has been home to many accomplished artists! We are excited to showcase the work of these talented Carmelites with an exhibit of artwork from the CCHS collection that will be on display at the Children’s Art Gallery (40 W. Main St) from March 30 – April 29. All are invited to attend an open house for the exhibit on April 13 from 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Holiday Home Tour Review

September 20, 2017

The Holiday Home Tour was a huge success! Just under 550 people toured homes in Thornhurst Addition, raising over $14,500 for the CCHS!  By limiting the tour to homes in one subdivision, we were able to move away from shuttled tours and accommodate a larger crowd.  The feedback on this new come-and-go-as-you-please format was resoundingly positive!  Our numbers were significantly boosted by the appeal of these spectacular homes! People came from all over the state to see Avriel Shull’s midcentury modern gems!

The “Mad Men” themed party at the Evan Lurie Gallery was a lot of fun! Artist Sean Sheppard floored us with his recreation of a photo of Avriel on her wedding day. For pictures of the tour and VIP after-party, visit our Facebook page.

Click here to view an Indianapolis Star photo gallery of the after-party!

On Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm, a video, A Conversation with Hilda Hadley, will be premiered.  Did you know that Carmel was in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not?  Hilda tells us why Carmel is included. And how on earth did Carmel come to have 1st Street SW and 1st Avenue NE? Hilda explains how that happened too and so much more about Carmel.

 Hilda moved to Carmel in 1952 and has always been active whether it was her church, the Girl Scouts, teaching or government. Hilda is an amazing woman, and you will enjoy hearing her story and seeing local history evolve. Join Hilda for the debut of this twenty minute video at Summer Trace, just northwest of Meijer.

Watch the Hilda Hadley Video Trailer

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.

CCHS – in an exciting new partnership with Ball State University history and technology students – will unveil a new interactive “historic walking tour app” to make it even easier for fans of local history to connect with our past.


The new app will be launched April 20 at an interactive press conference at 3 p.m. in front of Bub’s Burgers at Main Street and the Monon Greenway. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard will be the first person to inaugurate its operation.


The new app uses GPS coordinates to indicate the location of historic sites throughout Carmel, and users can turn on their own location as they walk through the Arts & Design District and Old Town areas. Phase I of the app focused on sites in Old Town, but Ball State students are already working on Phase II, which will feature sites all over Clay Township – including historic farms like Lynnwood Farm, street views of residential neighborhoods, and historic homes like the McShane home that was saved from demolition four years ago.


“One of the most fascinating elements of the app is the overlay of a historic photo of a structure with a contemporary photo of it. People can literally slide the photo back and forth to compare the structure’s appearance 100 years ago with what it looks like today,” said Carmel Clay Historical Society Executive Director Emily Ehrgott. “We can add to the app at any time, incorporating local sites on the National Register of Historic Places or even the stories behind the statues in the Arts & Design District. The possibilities are endless.”


Those on the walking tour will be able to see at each site a historic photograph, a written narrative of the site’s significance and an audio recording of that narrative. This allows people walking the trail to appreciate the history without having to stop and read.


The partnership with Ball State is a new one for the Historical Society and was made possible by generous grants from the City of Carmel’s Arts Grant program and the Hamilton County Tourism office.


Students from different disciplines researched and wrote the histories of the sites, photographed them, recorded the audio component, and wrote the computer code to create the app itself.


 “This project meant a lot to me, because it was a great opportunity to use what I’ve learned through my degree, as well as to learn new skills that I could utilize in my future career,” said BSU student Braydon Fox, who worked extensively on the project. “Prior to this project, I had no real web programming experience. I only knew what I had researched on my own in my free time. Throughout this project, I’ve learned many useful web development skills while building an application for a real-world client, which is something future employers will love to see on my resume.”


Professor Ron Morris is teaching the class that initiated the project and approached the CCHS about the partnership.


“I think that the experience of getting to work with the Carmel Clay Historical Society and the City of Carmel will help the Ball State students create multiple ways for the people in the community to discover their heritage,” said Morris. “The mobile experience allows students, visitors, or community members explore the history of their community through their phone, tablet, or lap top from their school, walking in the community, or driving to explore the history of their home.”


After Mayor Brainard launches the app, it will be available free on the CCHS website.

CCHS is kicking off 2017 by exhibiting the rich history of Carmel High School basketball! In 1977 our basketball team won a state championship in the final seconds of the game with an undesigned play! The victory was thrilling!

We invite you to relive the excitement of our first basketball state championship 40 years ago. With 11 seconds left in the final game, East Chicago Washington’s star, Drake Morris, put his team ahead by one point with two successful foul shots. Carmel guard Bart Burrell passed to forward Jon Ogle with 4 seconds left. Ogle sunk a baseline jump shot to seal a Greyhound victory 53-52 in front of a packed crowd in Market Square Arena.

Join us on March 21 at Flix Brewhouse as we bring former players to share their memories of the tournament and watch an edited video of the championship game and the community pep session. This event has sold out. Tickets cannot be purchased through Flix Brewhouse or their website. Please contact us at 317-979-4236 for more information.

Our first exhibit of 2017 will celebrate Carmel High School boys and girls basketball from 1900 to the present. Memorabilia from the Shepherd family, the Heady family, and the 1977 championship team will be on display. The exhibit will also highlight the girls 2008 championship as well as the boys back to back wins in 2012 and 2013 with video segments of games and interviews with past coaches. Interactive displays have been designed for younger visitors.

CCHS Members are invited to preview the exhibit on Friday, March 24 from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit opens to the public during regular museum hours on March 25. If you have any CHS basketball memorabilia you would like to loan us for the exhibit, please email us at