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Carmel Clay Historical Society

Dated: 03/23/2016

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The Carmel Clay Historical Society, also known as the CCHS, is an organization dedicated to the preservation and education of the history of Carmel, Indiana. It hosts many great events and programs and events throughout the year, and it is a great place to volunteer.


Founded in 1975, the Carmel Clay Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and documenting 177 years of historical documents, stories, information and photographs pertaining to Carmel, Indiana. Additionally, it educates the public about Carmel’s history. The organization was created in preparation for the United States’ Bicentennial celebrations in 1976. The CCHS is located in the Monon Depot, which was built as early as 1883. Residents can visit the CCHS Museum and the CCHS Archives free of charge. However, donations are encouraged.

Programs and Events

2016 will be a busy year for the CCHS. It will celebrate Indiana’s 200th Birthday between May 5th and May 9th. During this week, also known as Founders Week, the CCHS will have a number of great activities and programs, including the May 8th unveiling of a new exhibit called The Hoosier Centennial, a Look Back at the 1916 Celebration. Visitors to this exhibit will learn about the 1916 celebrations of Indiana’s Centennial. Throughout the rest of 2016, there will be a number of great speaking events with topics related to Carmel’s history. Topics include the Underground Railroad and the Carmel’s Dad Club. A full list of speaking events is available on the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s website.


The Carmel Clay Historical Society is a great place for Carmel and other Northside residents to volunteer. Residents can volunteer on a long-term basis, or they can volunteer for a single day. Residents looking for long-term volunteer opportunities can become conductors, essentially guides, at the museum. Long-term volunteers can also help digitize the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s collections, so that they can be enjoyed for many generations to come. Single-day volunteers can lead tours, assemble newsletters or help children with arts and crafts activities. A full list of volunteer opportunities and an application for volunteering at the CCHS are both available on the CCHS website.

CCHS Hours

Northside residents can visit the CCHS archives between the hours of 10:00am and 12:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. The archives open at 11:00am and close at 2:00pm on Thursdays. Visitors must schedule an appointment with the Carmel Clay Historical Society in order to visit the archives. The CCHS museum is open between April 16th and October 31st on Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, the museum is open between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Every second Saturday of the month, the museum is open between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. On Sundays, the museum is open between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm.


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