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About the Carmel Clay Historical Society

The Carmel Clay Historical Society (CCHS) was formed in 1975 by a group of local residents as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration and dedicated the study of Carmel and Clay Township’s history. That same year the City of Carmel gave the historic 1883 Monon Railroad Depot to the society, which it maintains today as a museum of local history.

Mission Statement

The Carmel Clay Historical Society enriches the lives of residents and visitors
through education and engagement in our community’s vibrant history. 

CCHS is committed to:

  • sharing the authentic history of our community; 
  • engaging our diverse community in the relevancy and impact of local history; 
  • serving as an educational resource for our community; and 
  • curating, preserving, and stewarding the community’s historical collections
Public Programs about local topics
Tours of the Monon Railroad Depot Museum
Curriculum materials to schools on local and county history
Historic Home Tours highlighting local architecture and antiques
Providing genealogical assistance to area researchers
Maintaining an archives of letters, documents, and artifacts

New Carmel Clay History Museum

The Carmel Clay History Museum is the future home of the Carmel Clay Historical Society. The 10,000-square-foot building will include space for galleries and exhibits, community meeting space, public restrooms, archives, a gift shop and a rooftop event area. CCHS members are excitedly awaiting this beautiful facility that will complement the vibrant cultural atmosphere in Carmel’s Midtown Plaza!

Our Corporate Sponsors

Event sponsors

Our Board

Jacques Dowman

Personal Guide

Mike Douglas


Alice Newton

Department of Arts

Daniel Evans

Art Critic

Lora Parkins

Department of Arts