Calumet Heritage Partnership News

Second Exhibit in the Calumet Voices/National Stories Series Opening Opening January 31

Calumet Voices/Natioanl Stories

Calumet: The Land of Opportunity Exhibit opening Soon

Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series

Photo of children displaying signs of languages

Grit. Passion. Resilience. Might. Discover things you never knew about the Calumet region, from the people who know it best. Experience the second installment in the four-part Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series and uncover the hidden gems that make this region an American treasure.     More information.

2020 Annual Meeting Highlights

The Calumet Heritage Partnership held its 2020 annual meeting on Thurday January 23rd at Steve’s Lounge in Hegwisch Chicago. Outgoing President Michael Longan presented his annual Presidents Report to the Membership of the Calumet Heritage Partnership entitled Being a Heritage Area….    

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Thanks for a Sucessful 20th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference!

The Calumet's Musical Heritage, 20th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference, Saturday October 19th
Audience listening to Croation Stars

Thank you for making the 20th’s Annual Calumet Heritage Conference a sucess! Explore the Calumet’s musical heritage through presentations by experts about past and present regional music scenes, as well as performances by musicians from the Calumet region.

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Visit the new Calumet Heritage ARea Calendar at Don't see your event listed? Submit it today?

Calumet Heritage Area Calender Launched

We are very excited to launch the Calumet Heritage Area program and events calendar! This new and interactive calendar is a go-to resource for all programming and events that are happening in the Calumet that are related to the Heritage Area’s themes of nature, industry, and culture. Calumet Heritage Partnership and Calumet Collaborative are partnering with Field Museum to elevate the rich stories of heritage and promote the natural, industrial, and cultural assets of the Calumet Region, and this calendar will raise awareness of the events and programs that bring these stories to life. The calendar also aims to increase attendance at events and bring more visitors to the region more…

Draft Museums, Heritage-based Galleries, & Local History Centers Guide Available

The Calumet Curators group is compiling a guide to the Calumet region’s many heritage-based museums, galleries, and local history centers. A draft version of the guide is available here for review and comment. Please send corrections or questions to Madeleine Tudor at [email protected].

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Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study April 2018

Revised Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study Released
The Calumet Heritage Partnership is pleased to release a revised version of the feasibility study for a Calumet National Heritage Area. This version contains revisions suggested by the National Park Service and includes the study, a summary of public comments received, a response to the comments, and 79 letters of support. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in helping to complete this study including those of you who showed up to public meetings, submitted, comments, and shared letters of support. If you did not get a chance to submit a letter, you can still do so using the link below.

CNHA Feasibility Study Page.

Provide a Letter of Support for the Calumet National Heritage Area

New Calumet Heritage Area Website website home pageA new website for the Calumet Heritage Area has launched. The website found at is a joint effort of the Calumet Heritage Partnership, The Calumet Collaborative, and the Field Museum who are all partners in creating the Calumet National Heritage Area.

Creating a Calumet National Heritage Area

About the Calumet National 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 Initiative page. 

For the latest news see Feasibility Study Update Newsletter Number 8 released November 21, 2016.Get Involved


The Calumet Heritage Partnership is a diverse bi-state partnership of environmental organizations, historical societies, arts organizations, libraries, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, and individuals working together across political and cultural boundaries in the Calumet Region of Illinois and Indiana.


The mission of the Calumet Heritage Partnership is to enrich lives through stewardship and interpretation of the Calumet Region’s Heritage.

Pullman National Monument
Conference participants view an intepretive sign at Whiting's lakefront
Calumet Heritage Conference
Hikers on spot something in the woods on the Cowles Bog Trail
Opening night of an exhibit of art depicting the Calumet region
Map of the Calumet Region

Calumet 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. 

CHP Groups

Calumet Conversations

CHP on Facebook

Calumet Heritage Resources Directory

Links to Calumet Region Organizations & Resources

Newsletter Archive

Conference & Events
The Calumet Heritage Partnership sponsors the Calumet Heritage Conference Each Fall and a series of events throughout the year.

Calumet Heritage Events Series

2018 Conference

Past Conferences