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The Board of Directors of the Carmel Clay Historical Society has decided to close the Monon Depot and the Archives building for the next several weeks while construction on the Monon Boulevard expansion takes place directly in front of the Historical Society’s property.

“While it is possible to get to both the Depot and our offices, it is not very easy and certainly not possible for anyone who is physically challenged,” said Board president Dan McFeely. “Because of this, we decided for the safety of our patrons and our visitors, it would be best to close until construction moves on to another location and there is safer access to our Depot.”

This action also means that a planned summer exhibit on the history of WHJE Radio, the Carmel High School radio station, will be postponed until this fall or next spring.

However, the upcoming Remembering Dale Graham program on September 27 at Carmel High School is still scheduled and tickets are available for that event, co-hosted by the Carmel Education Foundation. Visit us on Facebook or our website.

During the closure, private appointments can still be made to donate historical materials. A volunteer with the Historical Society will make arrangements to pick up donations. Meanwhile, we are always available to answer questions and assist by phone or e-mail. You can contact us by e-mail at info@carmelclayhistory.org or call our main line, 317-846-7117. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates, www.facebook.com/CarmelClayHistoricalSociety/

The Board of Directors regrets any inconvenience this causes to our members and to the public, but this is temporary and we will continue to monitor the situation and reopen just as soon as possible.

Carmel Clay Historical Society is partnering with the Carmel Education Foundation in a fundraising event that will celebrate the legacy of Dale Graham with a multi-media presentation on his life as a youngster, a college student, a young educator, and a respected principal of CHS. Several former colleagues, students and friends including Lee Lonzo, Jim Garretson, and Stephanie McDonald will reminisce about Dale. The event will be held in Carmel High School’s Dale E. Graham Auditorium on September 27, 7pm.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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.