Public Programs – 2016


Monon Wednesdays

Check our website to see where we will be on the last Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm.  It’s a great time to gather with friends and talk about… whatever!

Gallery Walk

CCHS is an official stop on the Carmel Arts Design District Gallery Walk map. Stop in and see us every Second Saturday starting in May!

Springtime Luncheon – April 28th, 11:30-1:30pm

See old friends, make new ones, and share your love of local history and community at the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s Springtime Luncheon at the Palladium, featuring guest speaker, Carolyn Goolsby, director of the Carmel Clay Public Library.

The Hoosier Centennial Exhibit – Member Preview Day – May 7th 1-4pm

CCHS members are invited to preview our new exhibit showcasing the pageantry and spectacle surrounding Indiana’s 1916 statehood centennial the night before it opens to the public! Light refreshments will be served.

Founders Week – May 8th – 14th

In commemoration of our State’s 200th Birthday, the Carmel Clay Historical Society is celebrating history with a week of activities, programs, and the debut of our new digital exhibit in the Depot during our first annual Founders’ Week!

Performance by the Wendy Reed Band – May 14th

“Visit with a Hoosier Pioneer”, by Kevin Stonerock– May 14th

HistoryKids Activity Area, brought to you by Sugarbuzz– May 14th

The Hoosier Centennial Exhibit Opening – May 8th 1-4pm

The pageantry and spectacle surrounding Indiana’s 1916 statehood centennial is showcased in our newest exhibit, The Hoosier Centennial, a Look Back at the 1916 Celebration.

My History Exhibit – July 2nd – Oct 30th

Holiday Home Tour December 2nd – 4th

The Holiday Home Tour is a favorite Carmel tradition. This year’s tour will feature the Kinzer Cabin, Scott Jones Mansion and White Chapel Church. An informative tour guide will take you on your excursion, telling you the history of each property. Order tickets here.

Speaker Series

Thursday, February 11, 7-8 pm: “Did you know?” Jane Reiman, at the Carmel Clay Public Library

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.


Saturday, April 9,  2:00 pm: “Agricultural Roots” John Graves and Panel, at the Carmel Clay Public Library

Before Carmel’s population was nearing 90,000, (and not so long ago) it was principally a farming town. Some of these farms worked on the most innovative agricultural techniques and boasted nationally recognized livestock, come hear more about the rich agricultural history of Clay Township, straight from the people who lived it.


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

Considered the country’s leading authority on Quakers, Dr. Hamm has been Professor of History and Director of Special Collections at Earlham College in Richmond, IN since 1988. He has served as president of the Indiana Association of Historians and the Society of Indiana Archivists, has published widely, has frequently presented papers at conferences, and has received numerous awards for his scholarship.


Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 pm: Phil Dunlap, at the Carmel Clay Public Library

Award-winning Local author Phil Dunlap has recreates Old West in each of his 11 novels, and he is here in person to tell us about his writing–the process, the challenges of writing historical fiction, and where he finds inspiration to bring the Old West to life.


Tuesday, August 30,  7:00pm:  “The History of the Carmel Dad’s Club” Dan Chapman, at the Carmel Clay Public Library

Do your kids participate in the Carmel Dad’s Club? Did you know they are taking part in a pillar of Carmel’s history by doing so? Find out the origins of this popular group and learn a little more about your community and the people who have worked hard to make it great in this talk about the history of the Carmel Dad’s Club.


Thursday, October 20: “The Darker Side of Carmel” by Andy Wright, at the Carmel Clay Public Library

Get in the spirit of Halloween learning about the untold stories that lurk beneath the surface in Clay Township. Paranormal, murders, and monsters have been a part of our history since the beginning. Come hear how close the past-and its darker side-is to you


Wednesday, November 30: “Carmel’s Mid-century Modern Architect, Avriel Schull” by Connie Ziegler, at the Carmel Clay Public Library

Unique architecture from an unexpected source: Avriel Shull, a Carmel High School graduate became a prominent mid-century modern architect/designer in spite of her lack of formal training, come hear how! Learn about the history in our community, including the conception of the popular Thornhurst Addition, now on the National Register of Historic Places.