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Currently Raised $7.5 Million of $8 Million 93%
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Donate to Launch a Legacy

There are a number of ways to give to the Launching a Legacy Campaign. Whether you are interested in a naming opportunity, buying a plank, or a general gift, it will take every dollar to reach our goal. The Museum recognizes the significance of all donations large and small. Make this gift your legacy.

Buy a Plank

We are building a legacy one plank at a time! Starting at the corner nearest to the drawbridge on the Historic Jensen Property, the new boardwalk will wrap around the entirety of the Museum’s waterfront. Together each plank will help in creating a boardwalk which will link the campus, exhibits and waterfront, expanding the Museum campus and giving all visitors safe accessibility. There’s a lot of shoreline to cover and it will take 1,400 planks to complete the boardwalk. Each plank is a $1,000 donation. When buying a plank, an engraved plaque will be fastened to the board and serve as a legacy marker for you, your family, your business, your favorite boat, you name it! With your support, the Buy a Plank program will help to create a boardwalk that will stand for generations to come!

For more information, email us at or call us at (269) 637-8078. Thank you for helping to preserve history for generations to come!

Buy a Plank

Support Levels

All other contributions made to the Launching a Legacy Campaign will be recognized within the Main Entrance/Gallery Space of the new museum facility within categories of financial support. Working with the architects, it is envisioned that any and all forms of donor recognition should take on its own visual interest and add to the uniqueness of the Museum’s new welcoming and engaging main entrance.

Steamship Level Supporter ($150,000)

Bridge Level Supporter ($100,000)

Promenade Level Supporter ($75,000)

State Room Level Supporter ($50,000)

Captain’s Quarters Level Supporter ($25,000)

Pilothouse Level Supporter ($15,000)

Galley Level Supporter ($10,000)

Propeller Level Supporter ($5,000)

Become a Supporter

Naming Opportunities

The Museum’s Campaign Committee has established a limited number of naming opportunities to be presented to those donors whose generosity is instrumental to the success of the campaign. If you are interested in a naming opportunity, please contact Executive Director, Patti Montgomery Reinert at (269) 637-8078 ext. 102.

Maritime Heritage Center

Pier 2


Winkel Lookout Point
Michael & Linda Winkel

Grand Atrium
Michael & Susan Smith 

Getman Galleries
Dana & Teresa Getman Family


RB Annis Foundation Great Room
RB Annis Foundation

Lookout Point Upper Floor
William & Cheri Lynn Deary

Jerry Mason Learning Center
Betty Upjohn Mason

Devos Pavilion
Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation

Patrick Allkins & Jan Frizzo Family Event Lawn
Jan Frizzo & Patrick Allkins Family

McClendon Small Craft Exhibit
Mark & Peggy McClendon Family

Seasonal Event Tent
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention & Visitors Bureau

deBest Family Courtyard
Brian deBest Family

Bergman Courtyard 
David & Helen Bergman

Cottage Home Conference Room 
Cottage Home, Inc.

Consumers Credit Union Conference Room
Consumers Credit Union

Carmichael Veranda
Clark & Cathy Carmichael

Historic Jensen Commercial Fishing Exhibit
Sponsored by Ed & Jeanie Harris

Richmond Pier
Jim & Lois Richmond

Padnos Patio
Padnos Family


In-Kind Donors

AAA Turf, Inc
Boileau Communications Management, LLC
Brewers City Dock
Compton, Inc.
Cottage Home, Inc
Brian deBest
Do-It Corporation
Edgewater Resources, LLL
Farms to Table Catering
J&B Landing
Jensen’s Excavating
Miller Johnson Attorneys
Mitchell & Morse Surveying
Risky Business
River Run Press
Rusty Rocket Brewing, LLC
Smith’s Concrete Cutting
TNT Roofing
Turf Surf & Stone Landscaping
Wolters Electric