Carmel Clay Historical Society seeking help from public for exhibit


By Mark Ambrogi

A circular harness and mirror are among items on display at the CCHS My History exhibit. (Submitted photo)

A circular harness and mirror are among items on display at the CCHS My History exhibit. (Submitted photo)

The Carmel Clay Historical Society wants the public’s help for its My History exhibit.

The exhibit began earlier this summer, but now CCHS is reaching beyond its membership for items to display.

“This history belongs to everyone, and we thought it was a great idea for people that are closest to the artifacts to tell the story of the artifacts,” said Katherine Dill, CCHS grant manager and former executive director. “So we invite them to bring in their pieces of history, and we can use their words to tell the story. They can talk to the staff member who is there and they can take some notes about the objects. We can make some labels about those items and include them in the exhibit.”

The exhibit will continue on weekends through Oct. 30. All of the items will be returned the week of Oct. 31.

“One piece that is remarkably interesting is a circular harness that would go around the horse that was pulling the wagon, and they put a mirror behind it,” Dill said. “Another collection of things are old glass bottles from the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century that were found when they were renovating the property. All these bottles kept popping out of the ground because in the 1800s, people used their yard for garbage. Spinning wheels, even just photographs of the family home or a stereo someone used as a kid. Anything that tells a story.”

Dill said there are already some items on display from the public, but most are from the CCHS members.

The hours for bringing in items for display are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays or by appointment. Objects should be brought to the CCHS, 211 1st St. SW.

For questions, call the CCHS at  317-846-7117.