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The Calumet Heritage Partnership is a bi-state nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the unique heritage of the Calumet region. The Field Museum is a partner of the Calumet Heritage Partnership and is leading the feasibility study to designate the region as a Calumet National Heritage Area.

The Marquette Plan supports the bi-state effort of the Calumet Heritage Partnership to establish a Calumet National Heritage Area. The Calumet National Heritage Area is a priority project of the Millenium Reserve

The Field Museum gratefully acknowledges the following partners for their support of programs in the Calumet region: ArcelorMittal, Boeing, and Nicor Gas

Calumet National Heritage Area: Learn more about Calumet Heritage Partnership efforts to create a Calumet National Heritage Area at

About National Heritage Areas: Across the country, National Heritage Area designations have helped to benefit local communities and landscapes. Learn more at 



The National Significance

of the Calumet Region  



Share YOUR thoughts about what puts the region into the national spotlight! Then join us for a grand tour of some of these unique sites.  

This year's Calumet Heritage Conference is featured in two parts: Part 1: Public Comment Meetings: Feasibility Study Sections (choose ONE meeting time) & Part 2: Grand Tour of the Calumet Region.

The tour is filling up! Reserve your seats now!

About the Public Comment Meetings
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. 

Part 1: Public Comment Meetings: Feasibility Study Sections


The same information will be presented at all meeting locations.

 Wednesday, October 21

2:00 - 4:00PM
Vodak - East Side Library
3710 E. 106th Street
Chicago, IL 60617
6:00 - 8:00PM
South Suburban College, Room #2248 (Board Room) 
15800 State Street 
South Holland, IL 60473
Thursday, October 22
2:00 - 4:00PM
East Chicago Public Library
2401 E. Columbus Drive
East Chicago, IN 46312
 6:00 - 8:00PM
 City Hall - Emergency Management Room
 100 E. Michigan Boulevard
 Michigan City, IN 46360
View Map Here                                            View Map Here
The public meetings have NO REGISTRATION FEE - but let us know you are coming as it helps determine staffing, refreshments, and material needs. 

About the 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.

Part 2: Grand Tour of the Calumet Region    Saturday, October 24                                              9:00AM - 5:00PM                                                                              Starting Location: Wolf Lake Memorial Park                                      2324 Calumet Avenue                                                                                    Hammond, IN 46320

Register by Sunday, October 18th to reserve your seat on the bus!
All day tour, lunch and membership in the Calumet Heritage Partnership are included in the registration fee. Reduced student and senior rates are available. Public transporation pick-up from Hegewisch train station available upon request (add to cart during checkout). 
16th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference
Preliminary Program

Public Comment Meetings: October 21 & 22
2:00 - 2:20 p.m. / 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Welcome and Registration

2:20 - 2:40 p.m. / 6:20 - 6:40 p.m.
Mark Bouman, President, Calumet Heritage Partnership, and Chicago Region Program Director, Keller Science Action Center, and The Field Museum

2:40 - 3:40 p.m. / 6:40 - 7:40 p.m.
Public Review and Discussion
Nationally significant aspects of the Calumet region

3:40 - 4:00 p.m. / 7:40 - 8:00 p.m.
Q&A, Next Steps and Final Remarks

Grand Tour of the Calumet Region
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The all day tour will begin at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond, Indiana and will showcase the region's nationally significant industrial, environmental, and historical gems from Pullman to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 
Lunch provided