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

Map of Historic Sites in Calumet RegionNational 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 Study page.  For the latest news see Feasibility Study Update Newsletter Number 3 released August 2015.

What is most nationally significant about the Calumet Region?
The 16th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference taking place in October 2015 will seek to answer this question and features four public sessions to comment on key sections of the Feasibiliy Study as well as a Grand Tour of the Calumet Region. 

Thanks for a Great Calumet Summit! The conversations at the Calumet Summit about the vision for a Calumet National Heritage Area provided important input for the feasibility study and garnered some media coverage. The event, held May 12-13, 2015, was a bi-state gathering of environmental, governmental, business, non-profit, educational, and community groups organized by the Calumet Stewardship Initiative.  

CHP NewsThis year's Conference Features a Grand Tour of the Calumet

2015 Calumet Heritage Conference
Join us for the 2015 Calumet Heritage Conference! 
This year's conference is in two parts
1. Public Meetings to Comment on Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study
Meetings will be held Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22
2.  Grand Tour of the Calumet Region
The tour will take place on Saturday, October 24
For more information and to register see our conference invitation

2014 Heritage Conference Resources

Resource Materials from the 15th annual Calumet Heritage Conference, Art and Heritage: The Making of the Calumet Region, are now available. Resources include videos, handouts, and links to more information.

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

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