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.
Next stop, Marktown, in East Chicago, Indiana. We roamed the streets and picked up the poop about the homes in this former company town.
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.
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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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.
How can you share in the fun?
Join us for the sixth "annual" Calumet Heritage Conference on Saturday, 8 October, 2005. It will be held back at Chicago State University, in the Cordell Reed Student Union, 9501 South Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Chicago, Illinois.
- Suggest to your local historical and environmental clubs that they affiliate with the Calumet Heritage Partnership.
- Find and join an historical or environmental organization that interests you. There are plenty of opportunities out there. Check them out
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