Calumet Voices, National Stories
The Crown Point Community Library Indiana Room is a proud participant in this exciting project, contributing time, research, and items for display.
Discover an unexpected national treasure located at the southern end of Lake Michigan through the Calumet Voices, National Stories exhibition series. The Calumet region, shaped by generations of community grit and passion, is home to rare ecosystems and monumental steel mills. Learn about the unique relationship between nature, world-class innovation, and artistic expression that makes this region like no other.
Experience the life of a steel mill worker. See neighborhoods and nature through the eyes of renowned artists. Learn about the region’s natural areas and the people who have fought to protect them. In this collaborative three-part series of exhibitions located across the region, 15 local museums and history centers present their collections and stories. Each exhibition is unique—but all invite visitors to share their voices and become part of the culminating exhibition at the Field Museum.
The second exhibition opened on January 30, 2020, at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, 220 W 5th Ave., Gary, IN 46402. It will remain on display until June 30, 2020. Partnering organizations (in addition to host site): Cedar Lake Historical Association, Crown Point Public Library, Hammond Public Library, Lakeshore People’s Museum, Northwest Indiana Steel Heritage Museum.
Partnering organizations honor the history of Lake County, Indiana, and its contribution to the Calumet Region and the greater national story. It was a collaborative effort to tell the story of this physically and culturally varied county. We chose stories that reflect the greater tale we wanted to convey about Lake County – that these 626 square miles provided, and still provide, an incredible opportunity within its natural wonders for both industry and the people who chose to settle here and call this area home. Please visit the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center to enjoy all the stories the exhibit has to share about this land of natural, industrial, and social opportunities.