Calumet Heritage Partnership

Identifying, protecting, and preserving the natural, cultural, and recreational heritage of the Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana

Calumet Heritage Partnership News

CHP Annual Meeting Announcement

The Calumet Heritage Partnership will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the Gardner Center for the Arts 540 S. Lake Street in Gary. Doors open for the meeting at 6:45, with the meeting itself to begin at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.


The meeting is open to all, though only those who are members at the time of the meeting can vote during the short business meeting portion of the evening. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Calumet Heritage Partnership, memberships may be paid at the door on January 24 or online. Individual memberships are $10.00 with discounted rates for seniors and students.

The agenda for the meeting will include:

  • President's Report on the work on the Partnership in 2018
  • Plans for 2019
  • Election of 2019 Board and Officers
  • An opportunity to share your organization’s successes and announce upcoming events and initiatives

Thank You for Making the 19th Annual Conference a Success

Conference highlights photosThank you for joining us in "Celebrating and Restoring the Calumet's Living Landscape!" Our 19th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference was an exciting day filled with exploring issues of how we restore and sustain a balance among nature, commerce, and culture. Dynamic panel discussions addressed regional priorities, such as environmental restoration and stewardship, and how to work together across the region to better understand, create, and share our natural, industrial, and cultural heritage. Vibrant conversations arose at every opportunity throughout the day. As always, we took time to enjoy some of the riches our region has to offer by going outside and experiencing it first-hand. This year weather hindered our planned canoe trip and hike around Wolf Lake, nevertheless a brave few ventured outside for a brief presentation on the lake. For a recap photos, and other conference resources see our conference page.

Guide Cover PageDraft Museums, Heritage-based Galleries, & Local History Centers Guide Available

The Calumet Curators group is compiling a guide to the Calumet region's many heritage-based museums, galleries, and local history centers. A draft version of the guide is available here for review and comment. Please send corrections or questions to Madeleine Tudor at

Indy Windy: A Love Story Exhibit On View Through January 29, 2019

Indy Windy: A Love Story features artists from Indiana and Chicago who execute large public artworks to create new environments in aging urban and manufacturing areas, while also creating new work in their private studios. The exhibit will include veteran muralists, fine artists, sculptors and woodworkers. It showcases the work by a community of Midwest artists, some of whom have been working together for nearly 30 years. Presented by South Shore Arts and the Calumet Heritage Partnership. See our events page for more information. 

Calumet National Heritage Area Initiative

Calumet National Heritage Area Initiative News

Revised Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study Released
The Calumet Heritage Partnership is pleased to release a revised version of the feasibility study for a Calumet National Heritage Area. This version contains revisions suggested by the National Park Service and includes the study, a summary of public comments received, a response to the comments, and 79 letters of support. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in helping to complete this study including those of you who showed up to public meetings, submitted, comments, and shared letters of support. If you did not get a chance to submit a letter, you can still do so using the link below.

CNHA Feasibility Study Page.

Provide a Letter of Support for the Calumet National Heritage Area

New Calumet Heritage Area Website website home page

A new website for the Calumet Heritage Area has launched. The website found at is a joint effort of the Calumet Heritage Partnership, The Calumet Collaborative, and the Field Museum who are all partners in creating the Calumet National Heritage Area.

New Brochure About the Calumet National Heritage Area Initiative

A new brochure (pdf) explaining the partnership between the Calumet Heritage Partnership, Calumet Collaborative, and Field Museum to create and manage a Calumet Heritage Area and achieve designation from Congress as a National Heritage Area has been released.

Creating a Calumet National Heritage Area

About the Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study

The Calumet Heritage Partnership has initiated a feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area. According to the National Park Service, National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are regions "designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape."


For more information see our National Heritage Area Feasibility Initiative page. 


For the latest news see Feasibility Study Update Newsletter Number 8 released November 21, 2016.