NEXT MEETING: The next bi-monthly meeting of the Calumet
Heritage Partnership will be held Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m
in the Suzanne G. Long Local History Room of the Hammond Public Library,
564 State Street, Hammond, Indiana. Recall that at its December meeting,
the CHP board voted to meet every other month in 2009. Future meetings
this year will be held May 21 (Hegewisch), July 16 (Hammond), September
17 (Hegewisch), and December 3 (Hammond).
NEW BOARD MEMBERS: We welcome Kate Corcoran, Bob Meyer, and
Cynthia Ogorek to the Board of Directors in 2009. Kate has been a key
participant in the effort to retrieve documents and artifacts from the
Acme Coke Plant site; many documents have now been scanned and placed
online as a result. Bob is passionate about the preservation of steel
industry history, and has led the effort to get a steel museum off the
ground in northwest Indiana. Cynthia is a historian and author of books
on the Calumet River and US 30 in the Chicagoland Region and led an
excellent tour of that road at our 2008 annual conference. These three
join continuing board members Mark Bouman (President), Steve McShane
(Vice-President), Bill Peterman (Vice-President), David Klein
(Treasurer), Marian Byrnes (Corresponding Secretary), Bob Bionaz, Bob
Kelliher, Mike Longan, Rich Lytle, Sherry Meyer, Rod Sellers, and Tom
COKE PLANT MODEL SALVAGED!: We are very excited to report that
a very large scale model was salvaged from the shuttered LTV South
Chicago Coke plant. The model was donated to CHP by Simon Beemsterboer
and was moved by Dennis Schrage of US Machinery Movers in February.
Severely cold weather hampered efforts to move the model, but Dennis
stuck with it, and the model now joins other industry artifacts under
the protective roof of the Pullman Administration Building.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Save October 10, 2009 at Chicago State
University for this year's Calumet Heritage Conference. Planning has
begun for the conference, which will reflect on the theme of the legacy
of the century-old Plan of Chicago in the Calumet region. For more on
the Burnham Plan Centennial, check out
CHICAGO WILDERNESS MAGAZINE: The Spring, 2009 issue of Chicago
Wilderness magazine, featuring the people and places of the Calumet
region, is ready to hit the newsstands. This issue includes a three-page
foldout map section of the region from Blue Island to Michigan City.
Chicago Wilderness is an award-winning publication noted for excellent
writing and photography, timely features, and outstanding design, and
this special issue, developed in partnership with the Gaylord and
Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, is likely to be a "keeper".
HAPPY TRAILS: Congratulations to the many partners and
stakeholders of the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail, who are working to get
this vitally important regional trail open by 2012, and who have rolled
out the wonderful web site, www.calsagtrail.org. The trail would run
from the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor in Lemont to near the
Indiana border, where it would link to the Burnham Greenway, and to
Indiana trails mapped at www.indianatrails.org/NWI_area.htm.
10TH WARD GREEN SUMMIT: The second annual tenth ward Green Summit
is scheduled for May 9, 2009 in South Chicago. The event offers local
residents information on green, eco-friendly and healthy initiatives
designed to enhance the community's quality of life and promote economic
development. What does this have to do with "Calumet heritage"? It
presents one vision of what the next phase of the history of the region
will be, one that builds on a healthy respect for what previous
generations have built.
NEWS?: If you or your organization have items that you'd like
to post in this newsletter, just email the editor, Mark Bouman, at