Exhibit Map

Explore the three themes of Natural, Industrial, and Social opportunities and the stories that showcase the region’s opportunity and its limits. Scroll down to click on the themes and sub-themes.

Natural Opportunity

Introduction
Shaped by the ebb and flow of ancient glaciers…

Farming and Harvesting
Native Americans were the first to develop industry in the Calumet region…

Recreation and Tourism
With the arrival of passenger rail in the Calumet Region…

Botanical Treasures of the Calumet Dunes
These botanical specimens document…

Saving Some Space for Nature
For the last century, Northwest Indiana residents have advocated…

Industrial Opportunity

Introduction
By the 1880s, the Calumet region looked to industrialists…

A Region Abuzz
Near the end of the 19th century, the Calumet region was abuzz with…

Diversity in Industry
Workers from inside and outside the US were drawn to new employment…

Pushing Back on Limits in Industry Working and living in an industrial region can be dirty, dangerous…

Social Opportunity

Introduction
As industry grew, so did the cultural diversity and the breadth…

Changing & Expanding Social Opportunity
Where to live, what school to go to, who to marry…

Taking a Stand for Civil Rights
Garites made efforts both locally and nationally, and some national figures…

The Changing Landscape of Opportunity
By the early 1980s, many industries closed their doors permanently…

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