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September 30, 2002

Goldstein named curator of mechanical arts, numismatics

Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik J. Goldstein as curator of mechanical arts and numismatics. Jay Gaynor, the foundation’s curator of mechanical arts for 20 years, recently was named director of historic trades in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area division.

“Erik is a widely recognized expert on medals, coins and paper money, a part of the foundation’s collection that has grown dramatically in recent years thanks to generous gifts from donors Joseph and Ruth Lasser of Scarsdale, N.Y.,” said Ronald L. Hurst, Carlisle H. Humelsine curator and vice president of collections and museums. “This knowledge and his considerable expertise on 18th-century firearms and edge weapons will make him an invaluable addition to the collections team, and we are delighted to welcome him to the foundation.”

Goldstein’s publications include, “18th-century Weapons of the Royal Welsh Fuziliers From Flixton Hall” (2002) and “The Socket Bayonet in the British Army, 1687-1783” (2000). He holds a B.A. from the Parsons School of Design and pursued graduate studies at Adelphi University. He and his family recently moved to Williamsburg from the New York City area.

“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with and develop Colonial Williamsburg’s collections of early American numismatic and exonumismatic items,” said Goldstein. “It also will be a pleasure to get to know the foundation’s collection of civilian and martial arms, which is recognized as one of the finest in the world.”

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