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

20th Annual Holiday Home Tour  – December 2 – 4

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The Holiday Home Tour is a favorite annual tradition, and it’s just around the corner! Participants on this year’s HHT on December 2 – 4 will tour three unique properties.

The Kinzer Cabin built in 1827 is Clay Township’s oldest structure. John Kinzer built the unique two-story log cabin for his wife and children in a dense woods on a hill above a flowing spring. Kinzer built the Georgian home next to the cabin in 1847, which is decorated for the tour by David Jackson.

The Scott Jones Estate on West 116th Street was originally built in 1939 and then extensively expanded in the late 1990’s. In addition to this home’s classic architecture, it is uniquely decorated with some amazing pieces

White Chapel Church was built in 1853 after the Mattsville area Methodists outgrew the first Blue School, aka the Farley Schoolhouse. Construction was completed through donated labor and materials.  The only cost to the church was $14. White Chapel is Clay Townships only pioneer church still standing.


• Friday, December 2nd – 5 and 7:30pm. $50 (evening tours include appetizers)
• Saturday, December 3rd – tours on the hour 9am to 3pm. $30
• Sunday, December 4th – 12pm. $20

Participants will park at the north parking lot of IU North hospital. Buses will shuttle participants to each property. Participants will need a printed ticket in order to board the bus. The tour will take about three hours.



Learn the history, appreciate the antiques, notice the architectural details, get ideas for your own holiday décor…and contribute to a great cause!


Learn the history, appreciate the antiques, notice the architectural details, get ideas for your own holiday décor…and contribute to a great cause!


Volunteers for the 2016 Holiday Home Tour Committee are needed!  Contact us at to see how you can get involved!

Letter from Executive DirectorHello CCHS Members!

As interim Executive Director of the CCHS, I would like to introduce myself. As some of you may know, my family and I moved to Carmel three years ago when we bought the historic McShane house on Westfield Blvd. This was my first experience with the CCHS, and I was drawn to them by their passion for historic properties in and around Carmel. I was then asked to be on the Holiday Home Tour that year and had a great experience! If it weren’t for the CCHS, the historic McShane house could have been torn down. Thanks to the passion of their members, my family and I had the unforgettable experience of renovating this amazing house. It has become our forever home. As you can tell I have become one of those passionate people that would like to document and preserve our Carmel history.

I am originally from South Bend Indiana and moved here to attend Herron School of Art where I received my bachelor’s degree in art education. I taught for seven years and then became a stay at home mom for the last twelve years. My husband Paul and I and our three kids moved to Carmel from Fishers, and I consider this the best move we ever made.

After moving to a rental house, we spent one year renovating the McShane house to its former glory. We are in love with not only the house, but the surrounding Carmel area. With that said, I am looking forward to being involved with the CCHS at a much more day-to-day basis. I am looking forward to the programs that we will offer and exhibits that we will share. I have a passion for antiquities and history, and I cannot wait to share with the community what Carmel has to offer.

I am looking forward to interacting with the community as much as possible, and I hope to see you at the Monon Depot or the Holiday Home Tour this year.

Emily Ehrgott

Interim Executive Director

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A new book written by our own Deb May is hot off the presses! Legendary Locals of Carmel tells the history of our city through the profiles over 100 Carmelites from the earliest settlers and town founders to the present-day shapers of our community. You’ll enjoy reading about Francis McShane, William Kinzer, Silas Moffit and other early settlers that you many not have heard of, but you’ll surely recognize familiar faces such as our current mayor, Michael Feinstein, Eric Clark, Katherine Dill and so many more!

Legendary Locals of Carmel is now on sale at the Monon Depot! Stop by any Saturday or Sunday from 1-4pm to pick up a copy and take a tour of the museum!

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 or experience the permanent installation in the Monon Depot!


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What are you doing to celebrate the State’s Bicentennial? Join us the week of May 8th – 14th for a full schedule of events! The celebration begins with 2 exhibit openings at the Monon Depot on Sunday, May 8. Members are invited to preview the exhibits on the 7th from 1-4pm.  Our traveling exhibit, The Hoosier Centennial: A Look Back at the 1916 Celebration, and a new permanent installation, The Story of Carmel, will be on display.

On Wednesday, May 11, Thomas Hamm presents “Quakers and the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century,” at the Museum of Miniature Houses. Carmel lore suggests some of our city’s founders and the Quaker communities that populated Clay Township were active in the UGRR.

On Saturday, May 14, join us in the Carmel Arts and Design district for a performance by the Wendy Reed Band, A Visit with a Hoosier Pioneer by Kevin Stonerock, and the HistoryKids Activity Area!

All events and activities are free and suited for all ages. We’ll see you in a week as we celebrate our State’s Bicentennial and the early years of our community.

Schedule of Events

May 8, 1-4pm – Monon Depot – Exhibit Opening – “The Hoosier Centennial: A Look Back at the 1916 Celebration” & “The Story of Carmel”

May 11, 6:30pm – Museum of Miniature Houses – “Quakers and the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century” by Thomas Hamm

May 14, 1-4pm – lot at Monon and Main – Performance by the Wendy Reed Band

May 14, 1-4:30pm – lawn of the Monon Depot – Kids Activity Area, brought to you by Sugarbuzz

May 14, 2pm – lot at Monon and Main – Recreation of the Historic Tug of War

May 14, 2:30-4:30pm lawn of the Monon Depot – “Visit with a Hoosier Pioneer”, by Kevin Stonerock

May 14, 1-8pm – Monon Depot – Exhibits on display


Springtime TeaWe are excited about this year’s Springtime Luncheon!  We have a wonderful speaker, Carolyn Goolsby, director of the Carmel Clay Public Library, and a fabulous location in the grandiose Palladium!  Carolyn will speak about the history of libraries, the origin of the CCPL in the historic library that still stands on Main Street, and her vision for the future of our library and its role in the growing Carmel community.

When:  April 28th, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel
Price:  $30 Non-Members / $25 Members. Use discount code: member.

Members can purchase tickets for non-member guests for $15. Use discount code: newfriend.

Your ticket price includes a delicious and elegant luncheon as well as a tour of the Palladium and a behind the scenes look at the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Exhibit and Archives.

Members, if you bring a friend who is not a member, their ticket will be half price!

You can reserve your seat online or by mailing a check, payable to the Carmel Clay Historical Society, and include “Springtime Luncheon” in the memo. Please include a list of guests who will be attending.

This will be a lovely time of good company in a beautiful setting and supports an important local cause that truly shapes our community. We hope to see you on April 28th; and, members: don’t forget to bring a friend!



B9315563577Z.1_20141228150806_000_GAE9F2I76.1-0Our 2016 program series kicks off with a talk by Carmel’s former mayor, Jane Reiman on February 11th. Jane was elected to Carmel’s first city council in 1975 and served two terms as mayor from 1980 to 1987. She was integral to keeping the parimutuel out of Hamilton County, improving Carmel’s infrastructure to accommodate the population boom of the 80s, and developing Carmel’s Civic Square.

You’ll hear these stories and more from one of Carmel’s most interesting public figures. Join us in the Library’s Program Room to learn about Jane’s tenure in Carmel politics!


February 11th, 7-8 pm: “Did you know?” Jane Reiman

We bet there’s a lot you didn’t know about Carmel’s former mayor, Jane Reiman. And she’s here to tell it all! From the challenging, to the innovative, to the downright funny, Jane has seen it all. Don’t miss your chance to listen in on this personal and unique experience to hear it all straight from Carmel’s first female mayor: a cornerstone of local politics.

Holiday Home Tour Review

December 16, 2015



On an unseasonably nice December 4th and 5th, 237 people toured four unique Carmel homes on our 19th annual Holiday Home Tour. Deb Gangstad, Peg Durrer, Lisamaria Burkhard, Betty Estridge, and the members of the committee did a tremendous job organizing and executing this successful event/fundraiser. The net profit was enough to fund the upkeep of the Depot and Archives building!

The Holiday Home Tour also increases the community’s awareness of our organization and draws more non-member participants than any other program or event. The exposure we received from features in both the Indianapolis Star and the Current in Carmel is invaluable!



Thank you for participating, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Thank you to our sponsors Old Town Design Group and Senior Home Companions!

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Our program sponsors support us…  Please return the favor and support them!


Program Sponsors Auction Donors and Special Contributors
Antique Emporium Advantage Medical
Beyond Interiors Bob and Sally Dennis
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Bob Evans
Bub’s Café Camp Bow Wow
Bub’s  Burgers Christine Owens
Camp Bow Wow Cindy Teeters
Carmel Old Town Antique Mall Dan and Sue McFeely
Divvy Deb and Jack Gangstad
Edwards, Smith & Prather Donatello’s
Fearrin Insurance Agency Fire Buffs Museum
Jay O’Neil, Sotheby’s International Realty Ginny Terpening
Jilly Jack Designs Guillermo Albaladejo
Joe’s Butcher Shop Helen Wells Agency
Kelly Hindman, Edward Jones Hilda Hadley
Leppert Mortuary Indiana Historical Society
Media Factory Jennifer Hershberger
Miller Auto Care Jilly Jack Designs
Runyon Equipment Rental Jim Burrell
So Chic Home Design & Staging Langton’s Irish Pub
Soho Café & Gallery Matt the Miller’s Tavern
The Great Frame Up National Republic Distributing Company of Indiana
The Mitchell Group, Remax Nick Davis
White’s Ace Hardware Old Town Antiques
Woodland Terrace Pure Barre
Woodys Library Restaurant ReStyled
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Susan Bock
The Olive Mill
The Pint Room
Tina’s Traditional Tea Room
Whitney Dennis

19th Annual Holiday Home Tour tickets on sale now!


This year’s tour will feature four beautiful (and unique!) homes throughout Clay Township. All tours meet at Coxhall Mansion, where a tour bus with an informative tour guide will take you on your excursion, telling you the history of each home as you make your way from stop to stop.

Learn the history, appreciate the antiques, notice the architectural details, get ideas for your own holiday décor…and contribute to a great cause!

Start off your holiday season with a favorite Carmel-Clay tradition, the Holiday Home Tour, brought to you by:


Evening tours include “dinner by the bite” with hors d’ouevres in the stately Coxhall Mansion, a cash bar, live auction, and an intimate viewing of the homes lit in preparation for the holiday season.

This years’ tour boasts an historic log cabin, one-of-a-kind Native American artifacts, vintage glasswork, unique architecture in the Village of West Clay, urban living in the Arts & Design District…and so much more!


Evening Tour tickets, $50

Friday, December 4th, 6pm

Saturday, December 5th, 6pm


Daytime Tour Tickets, $30

Saturday, December 5th, 10am

Saturday, December 5th, 11am

Saturday December 5th, 1pm

Saturday, December 5th, 2pm


CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.


Members can receive a $5 discount on tickets by reserving them via email or by phone 317/846-7117 (leave your name, phone number and number of tickets if you reach our voicemail).  Payments on discounted tickets can be made by check or PayPal.


As tours fill up quickly, we suggest you reserve early. Thank you.




Additional support provided by Senior Home Companion.