Zeeland Historical Museum

LOST AND FOUND: Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan
Zeeland Historical Society – Zeeland, Michigan
2010 – 2011
(later rented to the Pentwater Historical Society- 2015)

LvH provided the curatorial, design and fabrication for a 600 square foot traveling exhibit, completed in only five months.

Exhibit Synopsis: Reef your sails, stoke your fires, gas up your engine and don your scuba gear to explore the lost and found shipwrecks of western Michigan. Of the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 ships gone missing on Lake Michigan, dozens of shipwrecks lie scattered off the shores of Western Michigan, recalling the roots of these lakeshore communities that developed largely because of their proximity to the water-based transportation system. Decades later, these submerged ships have become cultural and historical artifacts. Serendipitously, the waters off Western Michigan contain a wide variety of vessel types. If studied together, they offer a nearly complete representation of the evolution of marine transportation and travel on Lake Michigan.