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Award winning author, explorer, public speaker, and museum exhibit designer who combines her passion for documenting historic shipwrecks with her creative abilities to preserve, promote, and interpret maritime history. Her mission is to share the stories 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.
   Valerie is a partner in Lafferty van Heest & Associates, an exhibit design firm and serves as a director of the non-profit Michigan Shipwreck Research Association where she spearheads the search forlost ships which has resulted in the collective discovery of more than a dozen shipwrecks. Her books are published by In-Depth Editions.

   

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