At a special ceremony last week at the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, museum curator John Goldsmith was presented a national award from the Benjamin Mills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Goldsmith received the Historic Preservation Medal. Fewer than 30 individuals are honored each year with this medal from the National DAR organization.
Lisa Stephens, chapter regent, surprised Goldsmith with the announcement. She explained that it is the most prestigious preservation award the organizations presents to individuals. She said a major objective of the DAR is to preserve history and Goldsmith has been tireless and creative in his preservation efforts.
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Goldsmith has been involved for many years with promoting historic preservation and tourism.
In addition to creating the museum, it recently moved into the historic Central Christian Church building. He is the former Greenville tourism director, former Chamber of Commerce director, former president of the Bond County Historical Society and former executive director of the Historic National Road Association.
During the ceremony, Mike Hall, representing Congressman John Shimkus, read a document presented by Shimkus on June 12 in the U.S House of Representatives to honor Goldsmith for receiving the DAR award.