Calumet Heritage Partnership

Identifying, protecting, and preserving the natural, cultural, and recreational heritage of the Calumet region of Illinois and Indiana

Calumet National Heritage Area Initiative

Calumet National Heritage Area Initiative News

Calumet National Heritage Area Feasibility Study Draft Released
The Calumet Heritage Partnership is pleased to present a draft version of the the Feasibility Study for the Proposed Calumet National Heritage Area. Please look over the study. The public comment period will last for 30 days, January 4, 2017 - February 3, 2017. You'll find the study and information about how you can provide feedback on our CNHA Feasibilty Study Draft Page

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.

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.


Calumet Heritage Partnership News

Annual Membership Meeting Announced The Calumet Heritage Partnership will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Gardner Center for the Arts 540 S. Lake Street in Gary. Doors open for the meeting at 6:30, with the meeting itself to begin at 7:00 pm. More Information
Lake Calumet - Then and Now: 2017 Calumet Events Series
A presentation by Paul Petraitis joined by Tom Shepherd, Lake Calumet Vision Committee will take place Thursday, March 2, 2017. Sponsored by the Calumet Heritage Partnership and Calumet Ecological Park Assn. Additional details.

Thanks for Making the 2016 Calumet Heritage Conference a Success!
Calumet Heritage Conference: Calumet National Heritage Area: The Proposal

The 17th Annual Calumet Heritage Conference was held on October 29, 2016 at Lake Etta County Park in Gary. The conference focused on final presentation and open discussion of the feasibility study findings to create a National Heritage Area for the bi-state Calumet region. In the afternoon the conference featured a number of small group tours to places around the Calumet. Photos, video, and other materials from the conference have been posted and more will be coming soon. 2016 Calumet Heritage Conference Resource Page 

Encore Presentation of Calumet’s Industrial Heritage Works by Kathy Los-Rathburn and Matthew Kaplan

Concrete Plant painting Los-Rathburn

The Calumet Heritage Partnership continues its 2016 Calumet Heritage Event Series with an encore show at South Shore Arts’ Crown Point Gallery featuring works by Kathy Los-Rathburn and Matthew Kaplan. It runs from September 30th – December 18th, 2016. The opening reception will be October 21, 5:30-8 PM at the gallery. The Crown Point Gallery is located at 123 North Main Street in Crown Point, Indiana. More Information

Community Conversations Notes Posted

Notes from the Community Conversations conducted over the past year are being posted online.  The facilitators from the Field Museum 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.