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Calumet Heritage Conference
Calumet 101, the first annual Calumet Heritage Conference, included a tour of historical, environmental, and cultural sites & sights in portions of the Calumet Region of Indiana and Illinois.  Two bus-loads of attendees enjoyed gawking and hearing about Hammond, Calumet City, Burnham, Chicago, Whiting, and East Chicago on the 16th of October, 1999.  I did not photographically capture what all we saw and learned about while driving along but here are snapshots from the three stops we made.

Our first stop was at the Calumet Park Fieldhouse on Chicago's lakefront, where we visited the East Side Historical Society's James P. Fitzgibbons Memorial Museum.  Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the pix.
see things for ourselvesarrival at Calumet Parkfieldhousehistorical museumback to the buses

Next stop, Marktown, in East Chicago, Indiana.  We roamed the streets and picked up the poop about the homes in this former company town.
across from the parkorientationlooming millsgetting the dopeoff we gonarrow streetscute homescharacternow I get itforward, troopsrain doesn't bother uspretty coolexploringback to the parkpark on sidewalkscollecting memoriesmore sights ahead

Our final stop along the way was at the Gibson Woods Nature Preserve in Hammond.  We checked out the nature center and strolled between dunes and across swales.
arrival at Gibson Woodsnature centerjourney into the wildsboardwalk across marshbehold the beautyreturn to civilization

Then it was back to the conference site and off home, as we pondered how best to make use of our new-found knowledge to help make the Calumet Region an even more super place to be. 

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Calumet ParkMarktown arrivalMarktown strollleave MarktownGibson Woods

Some members of the conference planning committee took a preliminary tour of their own.
The second Calumet Heritage Conference was held at South Suburban College, South Holland, in the Illinois portion of the Calumet area, on the 7th of October, 2000.

The third annual Calumet Heritage Conference was on Saturday, 6 October, 2001.  It was held at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana, and, as in previous years, include a bus tour through parts of the Calumet region.

The fifth "annual" Calumet Heritage Conference was held on Saturday, 8 May, 2004, at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana.

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