ANA News: Impact of numismatic educator Keith L. Grove recognized…

Keith L. Grove received the Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor during the 2014 Session II Summer Seminar banquet at the American Numismatic Association.

ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick (left) and ANA Volunteer Keith L. Grove (right).

Grove was named Outstanding Adult Advisor due to his contributions to the ANA and the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, where he has been a volunteer docent for almost 10 years. Grove also works with the ANA to teach coin-collecting workshops to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

He first joined the Boy Scouts in 1939 and this year marked his 75th continuous year of involvement in the organization.

“This isn’t just for me, it’s for everyone who is involved with kids,” Grove said. “No one person does it by himself. All of the people I work with, all of the past Scoutmasters, they’ve all had a piece of this. What this means to me is that we still care about our kids.”

Grove estimates that he has given 40 to 50 numismatic talks to youth groups over the past 20 years. He has assisted young collectors in the U.S., England, Spain, and Russia with their collection presentations. Grove has taught photography, conservation, lapidary, philately, and citizenship to youth groups, and he served as a Sunday school teacher for several years.

The Outstanding Adult Advisor Award annually recognizes an ANA member who contributes to the development of youths both in and out of the numismatic community. The nominees are evaluated on their participation in several youth-related activities including numismatic tours, presentations, advising, mentoring, recruiting, and more.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 25,500 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars.

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