Journey through the Calumet landscape, shaped by generations of grit and passion, home to rare orchids and the steel mills that tower over them. Join the Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series and explore what makes this region an unexpected American treasure. 

Visit the Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit at each of its three sites in the region, and at the Field Museum. Presented by local museums, galleries, and history centers, each exhibit in the series will be a unique display of artifacts and interactive components showcasing the region’s unparalleled combination of natural, industrial, and cultural heritage.

For more information and media materials visit the site

Exhibit Dates and Locations:

June 28 – mid-November 2019
Grit. Passion. Resilience. Might. Discover things you never knew about the Calumet region, from the people who know it best. Experience the first installment in the four-part Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibit series and uncover the hidden gems that make this region an American treasure.
Historic Pullman Foundation/Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center
11141 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
November 2022 – October 2023
Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
The Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibition series is a collaborative effort of the Calumet Curators, a group of the Calumet Heritage Partnership, and the Field Museum. The series showcases the rich cultural, industrial, and natural heritage of the Calumet region. The Calumet Heritage Partnership, Calumet Collaborative, and the Field Museum lead the effort to designate the Calumet region as a National Heritage Area.


Join a virtual hike of Brunswick Park, Ivanhoe South Preserve, Gibson Woods, and Seidner Dune and Swale with Lorena Lopez, the Field Museum’sCommunity Engagement Specialist and Eric Bird, Stewardship Director for Shirley Heinze Land Trust. On this virtual hike Lorena and Eric will take you on a tour of some of Northwest Indiana’s unique and globally rare dune and swale ecosystems, which provide rich habitat for a variety of flora and fauna.

Until we can meet safely again, we encourage you to use this video as a virtual guide and source of inspiration to enjoy the hike yourself in person. While on the trail remember to practice safe social distancing.  

Únase a una caminata virtual en español por Brunswick Park, Ivanhoe South Preserve, Gibson Woods y Seidner Dune and Swale con Lorena Lopez, especialista en participación comunitaria del Field Museum y Joel Perez, un conservacionista urbano de The Nature Conservancy. En esta caminata virtual, Lorena y Joel lo llevarán en un recorrido por algunos de los ecosistemas de dunas y cenagal que son únicos y raros a nivel mundial. Estos ecosistemas del noroeste de Indiana brindan un hábitat rico para una variedad de flora y fauna. 
Hasta que podamos volver a encontrarnos de forma segura, le animamos a que utilice este vídeo como guía virtual y fuente de inspiración para disfrutar de la caminata en persona. Mientras esté en el camino, recuerde practicar un distanciamiento social seguro.

This is a free event, no registration necessary.
When: Whenever works for you

At the video link above, or on your own at:
Brunswick Park: 700 Clark Rd, Gary, IN 46406
Ivanhoe South Preserve: Colfax St, Gary, IN 46406
Gibson Woods: 6201 Parrish Ave, Hammond, IN 46323
Seidner Dune and Swale: 5501-5599 Kennedy Ave, Hammond, IN 46323 

If you choose to enjoy this hike in person, it is encouraged to dress for the weather including appropriate shoes for walking and staying dry.​
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Gathers people who are interested in interpreting the cultural, natural, and recreational heritage of the Calumet Region for the public via exhibits, self-guided tours, quests, kiosks, and publications using a variety of media formats and technologies
​For more information on any Calumet Heritage Partnership group contact [email protected]