This project received support from a Preserving Women’s Legacy Grant, a program of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial presented by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs through funding from the state of Indiana.
This project was inspired by The Calumet Region, a Master Bibliography published by Lance Trusty of Purdue University Calumet in 1985. Since his work is approaching 40 years old, we decided to not only update it, but make it web based so we can continually add to it. We view this work as organic, always growing and changing, community driven, and serving as an important tool for those who want to study the Calumet Region. We believe this area with its unique population, culture, geography, and location is deserving of research. This website quite simply is trying to highlight the history of this area to assist researchers.
Northwest Indiana, nicknamed "The Region '' after the Calumet Region, comprises Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, and Starke counties in Indiana. This region neighbors Lake Michigan and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The Calumet Region is the geographic area drained by the Grand Calumet and the Little Calumet Rivers of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana in the United States. It is part of the Great Lakes Basin, which eventually reaches the Atlantic Ocean. It is a sub-region of the greater Northwest Indiana region and the even larger Great Lakes region. Since much of this region is on the south shore of Lake Michigan, it is sometimes referred to as the "South Shore". Because it was initially cut off from the rest of the state due to natural geographic barriers like the Kankakee Marsh to the south, the Calumet Region was the last-settled portion of Indiana.