February 12, 7-9pm at the Monon Depot Museum


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!




The Carmel Clay Historical Society’s Holiday Home Tour is a walkable, self-guided tour of traditional homes located in and near the Arts and Design District. Two different tours will be offered. A VIP tour will take place on Friday, November 30th, 6pm – 8pm followed by a VIP reception at the Indiana Design Center. Join your friends at the reception which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. On Saturday, December 1st, the tour, which should take 1.5 hours to complete, will take place between 11am – 5 pm.

Patrons may park in one of the City garages or on the street. All patrons must present a printed ticket at the Monon Depot (211 1st St. SW), the Children’s Art Gallery 40 W. Main St) or at any home on the tour. Ticket holders will be given an event program that will include the locations of the homes. Patrons can drive to homes, or the tour can be enjoyed on foot!

Friday night’s VIP tickets are $60, $65 at the door. Saturday’s presale tickets are $25 for CCHS members, $30 for non-members, or $35 at the door.


• Friday’s VIP tour is for adults only (21 years and older). Children one and under are free, and well-behaved children are welcome on Saturday’s tour with a full-priced ticket.

• Shoes must either be removed or covered prior entering homes.

• You will not be allowed in the homes with strollers, pets, or high heels. No photography is permitted in the homes.

• Homes on the tour will not accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, but they can be used the VIP reception.

• Public restrooms are available throughout the Arts & Design District. The homes on the tour will not have restrooms available for ticket holders.

• This event is rain, shine, or snow.

• This is a fundraising event, and refunds will not be given. Unused tickets can be given to another person.

We look forward to seeing you at our annual holiday event as you support the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s largest annual fundraiser!

We are in need of volunteers! If you would like to share your time and talents, please click here!

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.

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