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LvH specializes in the conception, design, and fabrication of exhibitions, and also develops publications, outdoor signage, websites, and provides a wide range of graphic design services. The firm can provide full curatorial services in addition to design and fabrication or work with in house curatorial staff supporting them with responsive and impactful designs.

 

ABOUT THE FIRM AND ITS PARTNERS

William Lafferty and Valerie van Heest have formed a unique partnership, specializing in maritime-themed exhibit and publication conception, design, and production. The diverse but complementary interests and backgrounds of the principals offer clients a range of expertise and skills rarely if ever found in traditional exhibit design firms. Lafferty, with degrees in both engineering and the humanities, has maintained a passion for Great Lakes maritime history since the age of ten, and has amassed a large collection of rare photographs and other material related to that history. He is the winner of the 2007 Henry Barkhausen Award for Original Maritime Research, given by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History. Valerie van Heest, the recipient of a 2007 Historical Society of Michigan award for her efforts in preserving and promoting has a passion for sharing the maritime stories of the past, which is augmented by her over twenty years of experience in architectural and graphic design. With both extensive historical knowledge as well as proven design skills, Lafferty van Heest not only can guide clients on potential exhibit and publication themes and content, but can refine those concepts into fruition, drawing from the principals' comprehensive knowledge of maritime history and expertise in design.

Lafferty van Heest fully realizes the daunting economic challenges that the museum community faces today, and the firm's goal is to provide the most historically rigorous but engaging exhibit or publication at the lowest price possible. To accomplish this, Lafferty van Heest has organized a network of skilled artists, lighting specialists, filmmakers, printers, and other artisans, each chosen based upon the principals' familiarity with their work and their suitability for the project at hand. In this way overhead costs are held to a minimum, allowing as many dollars as possible invested into the success of the completed project.

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SELECT PROJECTS

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
Currently in Progress
www.ludingtonmaritimemuseum.org


Fatal Crossing
Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, Michigan




Mysteries Beneath the Waves: Shipwrecks of the Sunset Coast
Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, Michigan






Ottawa Beach Hotel Kiosk
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, Holland, Michigan


Fishing Access Interpretive Signs
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation - Holland, Michigan




Historic Ottawa Beach Society Website
www.historicottawabeachsociety.org


Shipwrecks of the Berrien County Coast
North Berrien Historical Museum, Coloma, Michigan


Unsolved Mysteries: The Shipwreck Thomas Hume
Lakeshore Museum Center, Muskegon, Michigan


Shipwrecks: A Deep Look
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, Saint Joseph, Michigan


Lost and Found: Shipwrecks of West Michigan
Zeeland Historical Society, Zeeland, Michigan


MICHIGAN SHIPWRECK RESEARCH ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
www.michiganshipwrecks.org




Exploring Chicago's Shipwrecks
The Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois


Exploring Chicago's Shipwrecks
The Chicago Maritime Society, Chicago, Illinois


 


 

 
   

 
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