About Valerie

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Photo: Blue Treasure Photography / Makeup: Makeup by Larri / Hair: Nish at The Hot Towel


Valerie C. Wade is a writer and public historian, the mind and heart behind Lynnfield Historical Consulting, and a longtime enthusiast of gardening, day hiking, and fiber arts. (Seriously, she is fascinated by looms, spinning, and quiltmaking.)

As a writer, her essays often interrogate the intersection of history and popular culture, especially concerning race and gender. She believes in the transformative power of the written word, and she loves using her passion for writing to connect people.

As an archivist and public historian, she educates various communities on the importance of history through genealogy, digital history projects, and exhibits.

She earned a B.A. in African American Studies and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis (2008) and an M.A. in History from Duke University (2014). She is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Archivists. References are available upon request.