Calumet Heritage Partnership

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

2017 Calumet Heritage Events Series

Explore the Calumet region with engaging events throughout the year!

Man putting pins on a map of Northwest Indiana

Chorus of Voices: Retelling Northwest Indiana History

Thursday, April 27, 2017  4 PM - 6 PM  Helge Center, Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, 1600, Chapel Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Flyer (pdf)  Image (jpg)

Many of us in Northwest Indiana have family stories that connect us to Gary.

We have stories of hope: of arriving, of finding work, of neighborhood life, of churches and schools, of political engagement, of hard times and good times.

We have stories of change: of Mayor Hatcher’s election, of expanded opportunities for housing and employment, of schools desegregating, of being in the nation’s eye.

We have stories of fight or flight: of no longer feeling safe, of banning “for sale” signs in the neighborhood, of moving to the suburbs, of watching businesses leave for Southlake mall, of jobs at the mill drying up.

It can be hard, given the diversity of experiences, to hear the larger, underlying regional story.

In Chorus of Voices: Retelling Northwest Indiana History, we will share excerpts from an audio documentary that looks to relay that larger story. Through listening and discussion, we hope you will recognize your own story, acknowledge the stories of others, and begin to think differently about our common life.

Hosted by the Welcome Project and co-sponsored by the Calumet Heritage Partnership

This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Free Admission

Past Events

Lake Calumet - Then and Now 

Lake Calumet Then and Now Part III Flyer

Thursday, March 2, 2017 
7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
A presentation by Paul Petraitis
Joined by Tom Shepherd, Lake Calumet Vision Committee

Roseland and Pullman historian Paul Petraitis will bring a lively, fresh presentation about Lake Calumet to the 5th District Police Station community room at 727 E. 111th Street., not far from the shores of the little-known "Chicago's Other Lake."

 We urge local residents to come and share their Lake Calumet area stories. Years-ago accounts of fishing, hunting, swimming, exploring, etc. will make this a fun night to reminisce and to learn about future plans.

ALL are invited: refreshments, Q and A, and discussion to follow. Safe, free parking in police station parking lot.

Sponsored by the Calumet Heritage Partnership and Calumet Ecological Park Assn.