Calumet Voices, National Stories

Journey Through Calumet

Opening date: April 19, 2024
Closing date: October 6, 2024

Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond, IN

Visit the Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibition and discover the Calumet region’s hidden gems and spectacular sites. Join local museums from across the region as they come together to share a vibrant collection of voices and stories that have shaped the American experience.

The exhibit was developed by the Field Museum in collaboration with the Calumet Heritage Area and is presented by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority. This new installment of the dynamic Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibition series showcases Calumet’s natural environment, industrial might, and cultural richness – and how they combine to create this unique landscape.

SSCVA Calumet Voices Walking Slow Tapestry

SSCVA Calumet Voices Mannequin

Immerse yourself in compelling displays, delve into digital media, and dig into layers of the landscape through maps and tours! Explore the unique relationship between the natural world, unparalleled innovation, and cultural expression that makes this region a national treasure. Experience the daily life of an industrial worker and how their passion has shaped the region. See neighborhoods and nature through the eyes of renowned artists, and learn about the region’s natural areas through specimens like puccoon plants and red-headed woodpeckers on display.

SSCVA Surfer Kaplan

SSCVA Calumet Beer bottles

Earlier versions of Calumet Voices, National Stories have been displayed at the Pullman National Historical Park, the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, the Porter County Museum, and the Field Museum. You can visit those previous venues here.

SSCVA Calumet steel plate

SSCVA Calumet Voices busts case

Go Out and Explore the Calumet Area to Win a Prize

South Shore Passport AppDiscover locations that showcase the rich cultural, industrial and natural heritage of the region! Download the South Shore Passport app on Android or iPhone and check in to as you journey through Calumet. Check in to at least 5 stops to win a water bottle or tote bag!

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Calumet Curator Partner Organizations: 

Blue Island Historical Society
Calumet Heritage Partnership
Calumet Regional Archives, Indiana University Northwest
Cedar Lake Historical Association and the Museum at Lassen’s Resort
Crown Point Community Library
Field Museum
Gary Public Library and Cultural Center 
Historic Pullman Foundation
Indiana Dunes National Park
Marktown Preservation Society
Northwest Indiana Steel Heritage Project
People for Community Recovery
Porter County Museum
Pullman National Historical Park
Robbins Historical Society and Museum
Southeast Chicago History Museum
South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority
United Urban Network
Valparaiso University, Department of Geography; Brauer Museum of Art
Westchester Township History Museum


Corey Hagelberg
James and Tracey Wetzstein
Alfonso “Nino” Quiroz Jr. and family

Special Thanks:

Indiana Dunes Tourism
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi 


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