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Valerie is an award winning author, explorer, speaker, and exhibit designer who combines her passion for documenting historic shipwrecks with her creative abilities to preserve, promote, and interpret maritime history. She shares her adventures with audiences through lectures, museum exhibits, articles, and books in ways to educate, entertain and inspire. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her books, exhibits, films, and her work promoting Michigan’s maritime history.
   Valerie has written six books and numerous articles for a variety of magazines and appeared on major television news networks as well as the Discovery Channel. She is a regular presenter at museums, libraries, and film festivals sharing the dramatic stories of mysteries on the Great Lakes.
   A partner in Lafferty van Heest & Associates, an exhibit design firm, Valerie also serves as a director of the nonprofit Michigan Shipwreck Research Association, spearheading the search for lost ships, which has resulted in the discovery of more than a dozen shipwrecks.

   

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