Shipwreck Series Kicks Off on October 13th at LDL

Join underwater explorer and author Valerie van Heest at the Loutit District Library (LDL) on Thursday, October 13th as she travels back in time and deep beneath Lake Michigan to explore the wreck of the John V. Moran, holed and sunk by the ice in February 1899 between Grand Haven and Muskegon.

Van Heest’s program, titled “Frozen in Time,” will share the trials of research, the frustration of the search, and the excitement as she and fellow teammates of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association discover and explore the most intact shipwreck in Lake Michigan.

The program runs from 7pm to 8:30pm in the library’s Program Room A. The Bookman will have van Heest’s books available to purchase and sign following the program.

This event is the first in a three-part series in partnership with the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and The Bookman. Other programs in the series include: “Through Surf & Storm: the Sunset Coast” on November 10th and “Tall Ships” on November 17th all held at LDL.

For more information, visit or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200 during normal business hours.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 132,552 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.