The Calumet Heritage Partnership, a bi-state non-profit, will present the findings of the feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area for the bi-state Calumet region at its 18th Annual Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond Indiana.
This year’s conference explores the Calumet’s living landscape, asking questions of how we restore and sustain a balance among nature, commerce, and culture. What priorities are there for environmental restoration and stewardship? How can we work together across the region to better understand and share our natural, industrial, and cultural heritage? How can we celebrate the culture and lives of those who helped, and continue to help create the Calumet? How can we share this heritage with visitors? We hope that you’ll join us in “Celebrating and Restoring the Calumet’s Living Landscape.”
As always, following morning conference panels and lunch, we’ll take time to enjoy some of the riches our region has to offer by going outside, and experiencing it first hand. This year our exploration will be from the vantage point of a canoe on Wolf Lake or a hike around its shore.
Morning conference presentations and breakout sessions will focus on:
* Environmental stewardship priorities
* Collaboration among museums and history centers
* Advancements in the Calumet Heritage Area initiative
* Preserving and celebrating Calumet cultural heritage
In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy the riches our region has to offer through
a group paddle on Wolf Lake or a hike around its shore.
Register by October 9th! Registration includes lunch, Wolf Lake canoe trip or hike, and membership in the Calumet Heritage Partnership.
A National Heritage Area is a place designated by Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape. National Heritage Areas are locally inspired, led, and managed efforts to bring national attention to an area. They are not National Parks and the Park Service does not own land or impose land use controls within them. But they can coordinate with existing parks. “A Calumet National Heritage Area offers a perfect opportunity to connect the new National Monument at Pullman in Illinois with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana,” said Mark Bouman, a scientist at The Field Museum and the President of the Calumet Heritage Partnership. Bouman calls the area between the parks a regional keystone, where the nation’s largest steel mill and sixth largest refinery sit in a landscape of globally rare dune and swale nature. “People around the country should be aware of the path-breaking ecological restorations, fantastic emerging trail network, and the role of art and culture in placemaking at a regional scale.”
More information on the Feasibility Study process may be found at www.calumetheritage.org/heritage.html
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