"Calumet Beginnings is very well-written celebration of place. The content is a meticulous compilation of secondary sources enhanced by archival materials. Schoon's passion for local history is evident throughout the volume—enough so that my family and I exited the interstate to explore the Calumet area several times this summer. Ancient moraine and shoreline remnants, ditch and levee systems, immigrant churches and cemeteries, and historic architectural edifices offer testimonials to the rich history of the Calumet area. These vestiges of the Calumet area's past will be far more meaningful to anyone reading Calumet Beginnings," —Historical Geography
Calumet Beginnings: Ancient Shorelines and Settlements at the South End of Lake Michiganby Kenneth J. Schoon
The landscape of the Calumet, an area that sits astride the Indiana-Illinois state line at the southern end of Lake Michigan, results from the effects of glaciers that left the area toward the end of the Ice Age -- about 45,000 years ago. In the years since, many natural forces, including wind, running water, and the waves of Lake Michigan, have continued to shape the land. Lake Michigan, a barrier to east-west land transportation, forced people to move through the area at its southern tip. When the glaciers left, Lake Michigan was higher than it is now. As the lake dropped in elevation, it left behind shoreline features that in turn have served as Indian trails, stagecoach routes, highways, and sites that have evolved into many of the cities, towns, and villages of the Calumet area. People have also left their mark on the landscape: Indians built mounds; farmers scraped sand from the tops of hills and filled in wetlands; governments commissioned ditches and canals to drain marshes and change the direction of rivers; sand was hauled from where it was plentiful to where it was needed for urban and industrial growth. These thousands of years of weather and movements of peoples have given the Calumet region its distinct climate and appeal.
"What Schoon—an earth science teacher and associate dean of education at Indiana University Northwest—unravels is an academic read that is still understandable for everyday folks seeking more thorough information about the subset of Earth they inhabit." —Porter County Sunday Post Tribune
"An academic read that is still understandable for everyday folks seeking more thorough information about the subset of Earth they inhabit." —Porter County Sunday Post
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Meet the Author
Kenneth J. Schoon is Professor of Science Education at Indiana University Northwest. He is author of Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of the Indiana Dunes Region (IUP, 2013) and City Trees.
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