Calumet Heritage conference On Demand!
If you weren't able to join the Calumet Heritage Conference live, you can watch the sessions you missed, revisit the ones you'd like to take a deeper dive in or forward to friends and family to watch online.
The Calumet Heritage Partnership’s 21st Annual Calumet Heritage Conference was held virtually October 17-22 and featured scholars, artists, museum professionals, and advocates sharing their voice around the theme of Calumet Voices/National Stories. The eight different sessions told stories of the national significance of the Calumet Region through their collective and diverse experiences. Presenters spoke about their own efforts to save and interpret the region’s heritage as well as those who built the Calumet Region and the living landscapes we now inhabit.
Conference sessions began with a philosophical exploration of transforming Gary’s City Methodist Church into a ruins garden, and a “couch tour” of the region’s most endangered landmarks. Presentations continued with the creation of the Calumet Voices/National Stories exhibition series, a decades-long project to save and house artifacts from the shuttered Acme Steel plant, the deep heritage of an artesian well in Gary, Gary’s legacy as an arts mecca, and the Tuskegee Airmen’s beginnings in Robbins, Illinois. The closing session brought together muralists who restored Blue Island’s storied Mexican American Workers Mural.
View the Sessions!
DAY 1 : How to Think About Ruins: A Philosophical Look at the Transformation of City Methodist Church
Couch Tour: 2020 Most Endangered List
DAY 2: Session 1 - Showcasing Calumet Voices/National Stories Through Collaborative Exhibitions Session 2 - Stewardship of the ACME Steel Collection
DAY 3: Session 1 - Gary's Artesian Well: The Spring at Small Farms Session 2 - The True Beginnings of the Tuskegee Airmen and Robbins' Historic 1931 Airport
DAY 4: The Gary Anthology: A Conversation with West Side Writers
DAY 5: The HIstory of the Mexican American Worker Mural in Blue Island: A Chat with the Artists