Since the late 19th century, the Calumet Region of northwest Indiana has been known as the “Workshop of America.” In particular, northern Lake County was the scene of hundreds of industries, from railroad car manufacturing to oil refining. The huge steel plants along the Lake Michigan shoreline, however, became the symbols of the heavy industrial character of the region. This session, part of Indiana University Northwest’s Senior University, will present a historical overview of the three largest players in the local steel industry in the early 20th century, using historical photographs from the Calumet Regional Archives. In addition, the session will examine the beginnings of the surrounding steel towns, which became home to thousands of steel workers.
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.