Carmel Clay Historical Society prepares to sit back and speakeasy at Oct. 10 event


By Sophie Pappas

Indiana State Representative Jerry Torr is the honorary host for our event.

As part of the celebration surrounding the group’s prohibition exhibit titled “Hoosiers and their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition,” the Carmel Clay Historical Society is hosting “Flappers and Dappers: A Speakeasy,” from 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 10, at the Bridgewater Club.

A 1920s-era party, the old-fashioned speakeasy will be a party with plenty of “hooch”—or alcoholic beverages, and some special guests.

Katherine Dill, the executive director of the Carmel Clay Historical Society, said that she is thrilled to announce that State Representative Jerry Torr will be the honorary host for the Flapper and Dapper: A Speakeasy.

Torr is the representative for Dist.39, and the Republican who authored the “Right to Work” law that passed in 2012.

“In addition to his work for Central Indiana Hoosiers, Jerry is a friend of history,” Dill said. “I am on the board of the Friends of the Indiana State Archives and have discussed with him on several occasions the need for a new facility for the Indiana State Archives. He has encouraged the Friends’ efforts on this front and suggested strategies for achieving that goal.”

Dill said she’s also talked passionately with Torr about local history a number of times and he is always encouraging and receptive.

“When I considered whom might make a great honorary host, Jerry was the first person to pop into my mind. He accepted my invitation without hesitation. I know the evening will be a great opportunity for people to interact with Jerry, have a great time, and realize just how fun history can be,” she said.

The local band Barometer Soup will perform for attendees, and gambling tables with fake money will be set up for fun.

Admission is $50 for CCHS members and $60 for non-members.  This price includes food, beer, gambling, and live entertainment.  There will also be a cash bar.

Carmel Clay Historical Society

211 1st St. S.W.

Carmel, IN 46032


“Hoosiers and their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition” is an exhibit on display from now until Oct. 5. For information on how to view this exhibit, visit

Did you know?

A Noblesville candy storeowner was arrested for selling bottles of flavoring with a high alcohol content during Prohibition.



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