Public Programs – 2020

Carmel Clay Historical Society and Carmel Arts Council – Avriel Shull Exhibit Opening: February 7, 5-7pm, at the Children’s Art Gallery

Join us for an exhibit featuring Avriel Shull and her mid-century modern designs! The exhibit runs through March 1. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 5-7pm and Sunday 2-4pm.

Fashionable Society: Civil War to Post-War Textiles of Carmel

This exhibition will display historical textiles and fashion accessories, from the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s permanent collections, dating from the mid-1880s to the 1950s.


Due to risks associated with COVID-19, we have postponed our annual Spring Tea. We will schedule this event once it is safe for us to gather together.

Carmel, A Railroad Town – Exhibit Opening: September 25

This exhibit explores the ways the Monon and interurban railroads impacted the growth of Carmel.

Virtual Holiday Home Tour: December 10, 2020 – January 30, 2021

One of the most wonderful traditions in Carmel, Indiana, is the Carmel Clay Historical Society Holiday Home Tour. This year you will get to enjoy five beautiful homes including a Mid-Century Modern! Our tour has been professionally created by award winning video producer, Philip Paluso. Click here to purchase tickets.

Speaker Series

Monday, March 9, 7pm: Holocaust Remembrance: The Legacy of Eva Kor at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

We are excited to kick off our Speaker Series with an evening of reflection and hope 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Eva’s story and mission will be shared through the voices of her son Alex Kor, “Eva A-7063” (WFYI) producer Ted Green, and CCHS Museum Director and previous CANDLES Program Coordinator Amy Grove.

Thursday, July 9, 6:30pm: History of Norman Norwell by David Heighway

David Heighway tells the story of a Fishers fashion designer.

Thursday, July 16, 6:30pm: L. S. Ayers and Company: the Store at the Crossroads of America by Ken Turchi

Ken Turchi tells the story of L. S. Ayers and Company.

Thursday, July 24: Indy Women Changing History: A Short Look at Madame CJ Walker by Dakota Burks

Dakota Burks will give a talk on the life of CJ Walker including how she began creating beauty products for the Indiana Black community, her struggles and success, and her continued influence on Black beauty products today.

Wednesday, November 11: Honor and Valor – the Story of Geral Mansbach

Gerald Mansbach was a tank commander in the Fourth Armored Division, part of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army. After holding off the German offensive in the Battle of the Bulge, Mansbach’s division was attacked in a German village. Mansbach will talk about the events that fateful day and the aftermath. Click here to watch the video.