By Amanda Foust
More than 170 years of Carmel history is documented and extended to every Carmel individual and business through the Carmel Clay Historical Society. Experiences, photographs, and community stories are shared through this non-profit organization. Striving to help present-day locals connect with the past and witness the history of their own town is what the museum offers to the public.
Whitney Dennis just filled the position of CCHS executive director. Dennis is excited for this new journey with the society as she transitions into this role after finishing her graduate program in Brazil and returning back to Carmel.
“We have such a fantastic and rich collection, not to mention an unbeatable location — there is so much potential for growth and interaction with the public,” she said.
President of CCHS Nick Davis, said: “Whitney will be an excellent ambassador to the Carmel community, as she shares with us her diverse international work and educational experiences, complemented by her local roots.”
Dennis said many people feel museum fatigue and do not share her love for history or genealogy, and she is excited to bring in all generations to promote the society as a whole through increasing awareness of what the society offers to the community.
Dennis’ role will be to plan and direct all CCHS activities and operations under the general direction of the board.
“She is responsible for the overall educational direction of the CCHS museum and archives,” Davis said. “She attends fundraising activities, contributes to the CCHS publications, and prepares grant applications.”
He noted that the CCHS houses a wealth of knowledge to the community even throughout the changes Carmel sees each year. Preserving collections and interpreting history as it evolves in Carmel are two valuable characteristics of this organization.
“The CCHS has every intention of being a fun, social, and informative environment. Whoever said museum visits have to be boring,” he said.
Dennis plans to break misconceptions of historical societies and use her vision to resonate with the public and engage her audience of local Carmel residents.