Back to All Events

Lost and Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks

The Titanic sank in 1912 and the stories of amazing survival and tragic loss made the ocean liner famous. The Titanic’s discovery in 1985 made the ship legendary. Likewise, the Lake Michigan shipwrecks in this program became even more famous after their discoveries than at the time of their losses, gaining notoriety as historic attractions, archaeological sites, and in some cases, over bold salvage attempts or precedent-setting legal battles. Author and explorer Valerie van Heest will take you back in time to experience the careers and tragic sinkings of these ships, then beneath the lake to participate in the triumphant discovery and exciting exploration of their remains. Most assuredly, the compelling sagas of these important vessels did not end when the waves of Lake Michigan washed over them.

Valerie van Heest is an award-winning author, underwater explorer, museum exhibit designer, and a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame who has been honored for her work preserving and promoting Michigan’s maritime history. A passionate and engaging speaker, Valerie shares the exciting stories of her expeditions using dramatic historic and underwater images.

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at

Earlier Event: March 11
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt