Calumet Heritage Partnership

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.”

For more information see our National Heritage Area Feasibility Study page. 

For the latest news see Feasibility Study Update Newsletter Number 6 released May 2016.

Calumet Summit Report Available
A report 2015 Calumet Summit: Advancing our Shared Agenda from the Calumet Stewardship Initiative is now available on the CHP website.

Public Outreach Toolkit Available
A public outreach toolkit consisting of informational materials, presentations, and guidelines for giving presentations on the Calumet NHA Initiative is now available for download.

A public comment session for the Calumet National Heritage Area InitiativeBrief Report on Findings from Public Comment Meetings
On October 21-22 and 24, 2015, as part of the 16th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference, the public was invited to comment on key section drafts of the feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area for the Calumet region. What did we learn from your input? How will the comments and suggestions be used to inform the full feasibility study? Review the report by clicking on the link below. Report on Public Comment Meetings -- Calumet NHA Feasibility Study (PDF)

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 that was presented as part of the conference.

CHP News

Paddle the Calumet: Confluence to Confluence Event
Register today for the third event in the Calumet Heritage Events Series a canoe and kayak paddle on the Calumet River between the confluence of the Calumet River and Cal Sag Channel and the confluence of the Calumet and Grand Calumet Rivers.For more information or to buy tickets visit our Confluence to Confluence event page.

Community Conversations Notes Posted
Notes from the Community Conversations conducted over the past year are being posted online.  The facilitators from the Field Musem have been working to summarize the input provided by the folks who attended and shared their knowledge and opinions about the region. The latest notes concern the Local History and Historic Preservation sessions and there are more to come.

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.


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. 

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.

2016 Calumet Heritage Events Series

2015 Conference

Past Conferences