In 2014, the Michigan Maritime Museum opened its exhibit, “Fatal Crossing,” about the tragic flight, designed by the author V.O. van Heest, a professional exhibit designer with the firm Lafferty van Heest and Associates. Local artist Bryan Snuffer painted a beautiful rendition of the plane in its final moments that is the showpiece of the exhibit.
Artifacts found floating on the lake surface during recovery operations, including a shirt recovered by fisherman Julius Allers, and objects belonging to passenger Meryl Barton, on loan from his daughter, provide powerful reminders of the severity of the storm that night. A brief bio of each passenger reminds viewers of how short their lives were cut. Music from 1950, Northwest Airlines radio advertising, and newsreel footage from the search and recovery operation transports viewers back to June 1950.
The exhibit will run through 2016.