Since the time of the glaciers, northwest Indiana has been a destination for a variety of peoples, ranging from Native Americans to Europeans to African Americans to Mexicans and more. This presentation, part of Indiana University Northwest’s Senior University, will present a historical overview of the “waves” of population groups locating in the Calumet Region, with emphasis on the late 19th century to the 1930s. Participants will learn that rather than blending into a “melting pot” during this period, the Region’s variety of ethnic and racial groups formed more of a “mixing bowl” character, with more than 50 different nationalities and races represented.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.
Admission: Senior University is open to all northwest Indiana seniors, ages 55 and up.
Fee: All Senior University events are free of charge.
Registration: Registration is required and can be completed by contacting the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (219) 980-6907.
Venue: All events will take place on the Indiana University Northwest campus (3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408). Detailed event location will be provided at the time of registration.
Parking Permits: Visitor parking permits can be purchased at the IU Northwest Parking Permit Kiosks for a fee of $2 per day (exact change and credit cards accepted). Visitor parking permits are also required for disability parking spaces. Kiosks are located in parking lot 2 (north side of IUN), in front of the John W. Anderson Library, and in parking lot 13 (near the Arts & Sciences building). Parking permits are not required for workshops that run on Fridays.