Public Programs – 2017


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!

Spring Luncheon – April 25, 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 Spring Luncheon at Woodland Country Club. Guest speaker, Chris Prange will discuss the history of rug hooking.

Jazz on the Monon

Join us on the lawn of the Monon Depot for summer evenings of great music and great food! Bub’s Cafe will be open late during the concerts to offer a special menu of jazz-inspired food, drinks and outdoor seating. All concerts are FREE and run from 6-9pm the following evenings: June 3, June 17, June 24, July 22, July 29, and August 5.


Forever Young: Young Women of Carmel, 1975-2015 – Member Preview Day – August 12, 6-8pm

CCHS members are invited to preview our exhibit of retired CHS teacher Dan Shoop’s artwork! Light refreshments will be served.

Holiday Home Tour December 1 – 2

This year’s tour will feature mid-century modern homes designed by Carmel’s own Avriel Shull. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 pm: Kristen Barry at the Museum of Miniature Houses

Kristen Barry from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State will speak on the Gothic Revival in domestic architecture and furniture.

Monday, April 10, 6:30 pm: Elizabeth Brand Monroe at the Museum of Miniature Houses

Elizabeth Brand Monroe will be speaking about the Early Industrial Age in America and Furniture Design & Production. Elizabeth is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Dept of History at IUPUI.

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm: Barns of Indiana: A Presentation of Indiana Landmarks at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

Guests will learn about the design, construction, and diverse functions of barns. It will also include an overview of guidelines and tools for preserving the barns that contribute so much to our heritage and landscape.

Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 pm: The Pillar and the Scroll: American Empire by Professor Robert Brandt at the Museum of Miniature Houses

Professor Robert Brandt of the Notre Dame University School of Architecture will talk about “The Pillar and the Scroll: American Empire” furniture in the early to mid-19th century. The lecture is made possible by a grant from Indiana Humanities.

Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 pm: Who actually killed Cyclone Johnston and Carey? Finally, we have an answer. at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

Author Phil Dunlap tells the story of 1900 shootings of Cyclone Johnston and Officer William Frank Carey.

Thursday, June 15, 7:00 pm: Screening of 1816 at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

This theatrical documentary dramatically traces Indiana’s rich living history from the earliest inhabitants to statehood in 1816 and into the 21st Century.

Saturday, June 17, 2-4 pm: Screening of OMNI Centre for Public Media’s Historical Farms of Clay Township documentary at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

Jerry Nickel and Ernie Hawk recount the layout, the buildings, the livestock, and their firsthand stories on the Lynnwood Farm. Richard F. McNamara tells the story of Two Gaits Farm, famous for raising and breeding Standardbred horses for harness racing.

Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm: The Jazz Legacy of Indianapolis at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

Rob Dixon shares the history of Indianapolis’ rich jazz legacy.

Thursday, August 24, 7:00 pm: The Banner Stone at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

Join Strawtown Koteewi Park Historical Resource Specialist Christy Brocken and Carmel Engineering Administrator Josh Kirsh to discuss Kirsh’s recent find of a prehistoric banner stone during the construction of a roundabout at 136th Street and Gray Road in late June. The stone is more than 4,000 years old and had a variety of uses for the native people who lived here. Brocken will talk about local Native American history to put the stone in context. She will also bring other prehistoric artifacts that have been found in Hamilton County for the public to view.

Sunday, October 29 2-4pm: Screening of OMNI Centre for Public Media’s Historical Farms of Clay Township documentary at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room

OMNI Centre presents documentaries about Huber Twin Walnut Farm and Schwitzer Farm.