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. If you would like us to ship you a copy, please give our office a call at 317-846-7117.

The 23rd Annual Holiday Home Tour is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited! This year’s tour will feature six homes of a variety of styles from historic to mid-century modern to new construction. All of the homes are in and around the Carmel Arts and Design District. The VIP tour on Friday December 6, 6-9pm, will be followed by a reception with wine and appetizers at the Heath home on West Main Street. On Saturday, December 7, attendees may tour the homes from 11am-5pm. Both tours are walkable and self-guided.

Friday evening tickets are $60(presale) $65 at the door. This ticket includes a wine and appetizer reception following the home tour.Saturday tickets are $25 presale and for members. $30 at the door.

Patrons may park in one of the City garages or on the street. Maps to the homes will be available at the Monon Depot.

Volunteers are needed! Contact Debbie Gangstad at 317-979-4236 to volunteer or with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at our annual holiday event as you support the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s largest annual fundraiser!

Purchase Tickets Here!

Judy Singleton lives on land originally purchased in 1856 by her Great-Great Grandparents Hiram and Nancy Haverstick. She was inspired by three generations of women who loved gardening and began her flowerbeds with starts and plants from their yards. She likens the overall design of her yard to a crazy quilt made up of several small distinct pieces. Each area reflects a personal memory of a person, a place, or an experience. Boxwoods, wardi yew, and azaleas provide the unifying thread between the areas including the Live and Let Live Garden, the Rose Gardens, the Brown County Overlook, the Bird Feeding Garden, East Coast Garden, Memory Walk, the Wild Area, the Play Ground, the Climbing Tree Garden, and Grandmother’s Garden.

On Thursday, June 6, CCHS will offer tours of Judy’s garden at 10:30am and 11:30am, rain or shine. Join us for some refreshments as Judy shares the stories and significance of each area of the garden. Tickets are $15. You can register for this event here.

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!