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.

Conference Participants Paddling on the Calumet River

Calumet National Heritage Area InitiativeCalumet National Heritage Area Initative News
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.”

A public comment session for the Calumet National Heritage Area InitiativeFor more information see our National Heritage Area Feasibility Study page.  For the latest news see Feasibility Study Update Newsletter Number 4 released November 2015.

Share your Feedback! What is most nationally significant about the Calumet Region?
The 16th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference which took place in October allowed participants to share comments on drafts of key elements of the feasibilty study.  If you did not have a chance to attend you now have an opportunity to review the work completed to date and to share your comments.  Learn more about the work done so far on the Calument National Heritage Area Initiative and share your feedback!
CHP NewsThis year's Conference featured a Grand Tour of the Calumet

2015 Calumet Heritage Conference
Thank you for joining us for the 2015 Calumet Heritage Conference! 
We have posted some photos from the conference on our Facebook Page and the materials relating to the Calumet National Heritage Area Initiative that we handed out are now avaliable online along with the ability for you to share additional feedback.

Map of the Calumet Region

Regional Heritage
The Calumet Heritage Partnership serves the bi-state Calumet Region of Indiana and Illinois. It seeks to unite people from both sides of the state line to help tell the story of the Calumet Region.

National Heritage Area Feasibility Study

National Significance of the Calumet Region

A Calumet Heritage Area: Questions and Answers

Map of the Calumet Region

The Calumet Heritage Partnership salvaged records and artifacts from the region's steel heritage and is working to preserve them.

Industrial Heritage Archives of the Calumet Region (hosted at Pullman)

Calumet Industrial Heritage Project

Chicago's Steel Heritage Project

Connecting at the Calumet Heritage Conference

The Calumet Heritage Partnership helps Region individuals and organizations to connect with each other. 

Calumet Conversations

CHP on Facebook

Calumet Heritage Resources Directory

Links to Calumet Region Organizations & Resources

Newsletter Archive


The Calumet Heritage Partnership sponsors the Calumet Heritage Conference Each Fall.  The unique format of the conference traditionally includes discussion in the morning and a field excursion in the afternoon.

2015 Conference

Past Conferences