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.




16th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference
What is most nationally significant about the Calumet region?

Did you miss the public comment meetings? Summaries about the progress made to date on the Caulmet Heritage National Feasiblity Study are available to view.

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Registration and detailed information for the 2015 Calumet Heritage Conference

Printable Conference Announcement (PDF)

This year's conference is in two parts

1. Public Meetings to Comment on Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study
At the 15th annual Calumet Heritage Conference, we announced that the Calumet Heritage Partnership initiated a feasibility study to designate the bi-state region as a Calumet National Heritage Area. We have taken up that effort with gusto! At this year's conference, join us for one of four public comment meetings where we will present key sections of the feasibility study: the themes and sites that tell a nationally significant story of the region, the boundary that encompasses them, and the goals and priorities for the region's future. 

The public meetings have NO REGISTRATION FEE - but let us know you are coming as it helps determine staffing, refreshments, and material needs. Please note that the same information will be presented at all meeting locations.

Choose one of these four meeting times and places

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Vodak - East Side Library
3710 E. 106th St.
Chicago, IL 60617

6:00 - 8:00pm

South Suburban College, Board Room 2248
(guests should park in north parking lot)
15800 State St.
South Holland, IL 60473

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2:00 - 4:00pm

East Chicago Public Library
2401 E. Columbus Dr.
East Chicago, IN 46321

6:00 - 8:00pm

City Hall - Emergency Mgt. Room
100 E. Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City, IN 46360

2.  Grand Tour of the Calumet Region
In true Calumet Heritage Conference tradition, we invite you on a tour to explore some of the sites -- from the Pullman National Monument to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore -- that make the Calumet region worthy of national recognition. The tour showcases the region's nationally significant industrial, environmental, and historical gems.
Saturday, October 24
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Starting Location: Wolf Lake Memorial Park
2324 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320
View Map Here

All day tour, lunch and membership in the Calumet Heritage Partnership are included in the registration fee. Reduced student and senior rates are available. 
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