Calumet Heritage Partnership

Identifying, protecting, and preserving the natural, cultural, and recreational heritage of  the Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana
About CHP The Calumet Heritage Partnership is a diverse, bi-state partnership of environmental, cultural and historical organizations and individuals, libraries, educational institutions, municipalities, and governmental agencies.  Each partner is committed to celebrating, preserving and protecting the unique heritage of the Calumet region.


To identify, preserve, protect and reclaim the natural, historical, cultural and recreational heritage of the Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana for the purposes of educating and inspiring the public, restoring regional pride, and revitalizing our communities and their interconnectedness.




Calumet Heritge Initiative: Pulbic Comment on Significant Themes, Sites, Priorities

The National Significance of the Calumet Region
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The Calumet Region’s national significance stems from how the natural world was changed to make way for industry, transportation and peoples from across the country and the world. The impact of this change is felt in American life and landscape to this day. The preliminary themes, resources. goals/priorities, and boundaries identified in the documents below detail what is nationally significant about the Calumet Region.

Draft Significance, Goals, & Priorities
 Statement of Significance
Goals & Priorities


Draft Themes Documents and Maps

Draft Resource Inventory Map and List
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Resource List
The numbered points on this map represent the places, organizations, and events on the ground that support the proposed themes of the Feasibility Study for a Calumet National Heritage Area, and which can be leveraged to achieve regional goals. The anchor points show potential launch points for tours and recreational activities in the region. This is an initial list of resources that will continue to grow. The numbers on the map correspond to the numbers on the resource list.
Study Area Boundary
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Where is the Calumet region? The study area combines landscape features, what scholars have said, and how the significant themes and inventoried resources tend to cluster.


The Calumet Heritage Partnership is a bi-state non-profit
organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the
unique heritage of the Calumet region.
The Field Museum is a partner of the Calumet Heritage Partnership.
Together, they lead the feasibility study to designate the region
as a Calumet National Heritage Area.
 Calumet Heritage PartnershipThe Field Museum
The Marquette Plan supports the bi-state effort
of the Calumet Heritage Partnership to establish a
Calumet National Heritage Area.
The Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility
Study is a priority project of the Millennium
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The Field Museum gratefully acknowledges the following partners
for their support of programs in the Calumet Region: