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.

Join us Sunday, October 29, from 2-4pm at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room for a free screening of OMNI Centre for Public Media’s Historical Farms of Clay Township documentaries about Twin Walnut Farm and Schwitzer Farm. Twin Walnut Farm received its name from the two stately walnut trees that rest on the side of the driveway of the farm. Bob Huber, owner of Twin Walnut Farm, was born and raised in Clarksville, Indiana. His grandfather, a tenant farmer, moved from Clarksville, Indiana to Clay Township, where Bob’s father was born. His father later returned to the farm in Clarksville.

Bob’s maternal great grandparents, the Browns, walked from North Carolina to Carmel and settled where John Kirk’s Furniture store sits today on Pennsylvania Avenue in Carmel. They farmed oats, corn, and various livestock on an 80-acre farm.

Bob Huber began his obsession with farming when he received his first pig in 4H at the age of 10. He was a highly involved, energetic 4H’er, later raised 2-3 thousand hogs per year at and served as President of the Indiana Pork Producers Association. Today, he remains a shining example of a successful hog operation. At one-time Bob farmed 3,000 acres in Clay Township  In the video, you will hear his wife, Judy, a city girl who had never lived on a farm, tell pig stories about getting stray pigs out of their pool and having pigs chew her clothes at the state fair. Follow Bob’s inspirational story and career in agriculture in the premiere presented by the Clay Township Trustee and The OMNI Centre.

Twin Walnut Farm – Trailer

The Schwitzer Farm, located on 116 Street in Carmel Indiana, consisted of 500 acres and had a 3400‘ air strip running from 116 Street to 106 Street.  The Schwitzer Family owned Schwitzer Corporation, originally Schwitzer-Cummins, and it was the first corporation in Indianapolis to have corporate aircraft. The farm airstrip stayed busy serving corporate needs.

Lou Schwitzer lll traces how Grandfather Lou Schwitzer came to the US, won the opening event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909 before it was named the 500, started Schwitzer Corporation, and his relationship with pioneers in the early automotive industry such as Henry Ford.  He talks about his father purchasing the farm in 1949 and stories of Willie Jessup a Carmel pioneer. The Schwitzer house sat where the Lucas Oil estate on 116 Street sits today. The farm grew corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and had Black angus, French Charolais, Hereford cattle.

Lou’s childhood memories at the farm include stories of attending Clay Center School, descriptions of Thanksgiving Fox Hunts at the neighboring farms of Frenzel, White/Hamilton, and Gregg.  his mother serving as a “whip” for the fox hunts, raising thoroughbred race horses, having a skeet range built for his father and the shooting enthusiasts who came to visit and enjoy the skeet range.

Schwitzer Farm – Trailer

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!

We are sad to report that a charter member of the Carmel Clay Historical Society has passed away. In addition to serving as president of the CCHS, Nancy Worysz oversaw the annual Christmas Bazaar for many years. She also helped to form the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
A mass will be said at 11 AM on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 in the chapel at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, 9001 Haverstick Rd, Indianapolis. Her obituary can be found here.
We were very sad to learn that Hilda Hadley passed away this morning. She was well known to many members of CCHS. She was a past president of the society, and we recognized her dedication to Carmel’s history with our Heritage Award in 2015. She was an extraordinary person who lived an interesting and useful life. We here at CCHS will miss our dear friend.
 
Visitation will be at 10am on Saturday, July 8, at Carmel United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at noon at the same location.
 
OMNI Centre for Public Media released the video below about Hilda just last month. It is a fine tribute to a beloved Carmel resident. The Current recently published an interview with Hilda. You can find it here.

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