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November 27, 2014

Pirate expert to speak at Moody Gardens

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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 12:05 am

GALVESTON — Explore the life and times of piracy as Moody Gardens welcomes pirate historian Cindy Vallar for two special presentations Saturday.

Learn about some of the most fascinating Caribbean pirates in history and the lives they experience on the high seas.

The presentations begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Garden Lobby with “A Rogue’s Gallery of Caribbean Pirates.” Learn about one of the most infamous pirates, Blackbeard, as well as other dastardly villains of the Caribbean.

At 1 p.m., discover why a pirate had “A Merry Life and a Short One.” Learn what a pirate’s life was like during the golden age of piracy, and the reasoning behind one’s decision to become a pirate.

Both of the presentations are free to the public.

Vallar is the editor of “Pirates and Privateers,” a monthly column on the history of maritime piracy. A retired librarian, she began researching pirates in college while working on “The Rebel and the Spy,” a historical novel involving Jean Laffite and the Battle of New Orleans.

She also reviews piratical and maritime fiction and nonfiction books.

Vallar belongs to the Laffite Society, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Louisiana Historical Society and the Historical Novel Society.

After the presentations, guests are invited to check out “Real Pirates,” an exhibition featuring artifacts from the Whydah, the only authenticated pirate ship in the world.

The exhibition is in the Moody Gardens Discovery Pyramid until Sept. 28.

Call 800-582-4673 or visit www.moody

gardens.org.