Margaret Anne Goldsmith

From Deep South Jewish Voice

Cora Barley Binford & Margaret Anne Goldsmith (from Catalogue)

A Portrait of Margaret Anne Goldsmith by Maurce Grosser Circa 1947 (from Catalogue)
 A Historian and Philanthropist Dedicated to Preserving the Heritage and History of the Jewish Community in Huntsville

Born:October 6, 1941, Huntsville, AL
Childhood Residence:206 Gates Avenue SE
Childhood Residence:Hotel Russel Erskine
Office:The I. Schiffman Building
Daughter of:Lawrence B. Goldsmith, Jr. (b1909)
Granddaughter of:Annie Schiffman Goldsmith
Granddaughter of:Lawrence B. Goldsmith, Sr. (b1883)
Great Granddaughter of:Bettie Herstein Schiffman
Great Granddaughter of:Isaac Schiffman
Great Granddaughter of:Betty Bernstein Goldsmith
Great Granddaughter of:Oscar Goldsmith


•  "After my parents' separation in 1942 I lived with my father who received custody of me. We lived with my grandparents until 1953 when my father married Jewell. I attended religious school at Temple B'nai Sholom and the public schools in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1957 I left Huntsville to attend Mount Vernon Seminary of Washington, D.C., graduating from that institution in 1959. I then entered Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University, graduating in 1963." - 5 Generations

•  Margaret Anne Goldsmith wrote an article starting with this paragraph: "Employees and resident guests alike knew me as Mr. Lawrence Goldsmith, Sr. and Miss Annie Goldsmith's granddaughter, and Mr. Lawrence Goldsmith, Jr.'s daughter. I lived in the Russel Erskine Hotel for most of every year from the spring of 1941, when I was a few months old, until I was twelve."
     She continues to share her childhood memories living at the Hotel Russel Erskine. You can read the article through the link "Hotel" below. - Hotel

•  Children of Margaret Anne Goldsmith and John Jerome Hanaw are:
     John Jerome Hanaw II, b. 20 Jul 1966, New Orleans, LA.
     Barbara Esther Hanaw, b. 04 Jun 1968, New Orleans, LA.
     Laurie Anne Hanaw, b. 30 Mar 1971, New Orleans, LA. -

•  "She is a native of Huntsville but lived for an extended time in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a interest in the role of Jewish people in the history of the South." - 5 Generations

•  Board Member for Historic Huntsville Foundation - Editor's Note

•  "In 1995, she returned to Huntsville to become president of the company, and to transition from the company's rural property holdings to residential and commercial development.
     Her family history dates back to the 1850s in Huntsville, and she said her concept of philanthropy came from her ancestors. They built the Goldsmith Schiffman Field, led the group that founded Huntsville Hospital, worked to build Temple B'nai Sholom, and provided leadership in bringing Redstone Arsenal to Huntsville.
     Goldsmith has a passion for historical objects and works to place them in strategic locations in the community. Some items have been the Southern Railway locomotive bell at the Depot Museum, Russel Erskin Hotel artifacts at the Huntsville Historic Foundation, returning the Little Lion to Big Spring Park, and a major collection of family manuscripts to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
     (The article also details her other activities and awards.) - Deep South Jewish Voice

•  "Margaret Anne Goldsmith donated 300 acres of land to the city in 2003 for use as the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Preserve." - Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities

•  December 16, 2003: "Margaret Ann Goldsmith donates 300 acres of undeveloped property to be used for a wildlife park. The Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Hampton Cove and the 520 acre Hays Nature Preserve." - Eden

Related Links:

•  206 Gates - Article titled "The Bernstein House: A Case Study" by Margaret Anne Goldsmith Hanaw for Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Vol. XXII, #4, Winter, 1996, Historic Huntsville Foundation, pages 200 - 278.

•  5 Generations - Article titled "5 Generations of Life: 'My Family and the Huntsville, Alabama Jewish community' 1852-1983" by Margaret Anne Goldsmith Hanaw for Huntsville Historical Review, Volume 12, #3 & #4, Jul-82, Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society. The entire volume is connected to this family.

• Monte Sano Home - 2003 Monte Sano Tour of Homes (Originally found at

• Schiffman Building - She owns the Schiffman building and renovated it in 1998. She was awarded a Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Huntsville Foundation. (Originally found at

•  Catalogue - The Bernstein, Herstein, Schiffman and Goldsmith Collection: A Catalogue by Margaret Anne Goldsmith, 2014 draft.

•  Come Home to Huntsville - Article about the Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School Land donated by Margaret Anne Goldsmith's family (Originally found at

•  Deep South Jewish Voice - Article - Honored by the National Conference of Community and Justice at its North Alabama Brotherhood and Sisterhood Awards Dinner.

•  Eden - Eden of the South: A Chronology of Huntsville, Alabama, 1805-2005, by Raneé G. Pruitt, Editor, 2005, page 250.

•  Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities - Page related to Huntsville

• - Lineage

•  Hotel - Entire Quarterly dedicated to The Russell Erskine Hotel in the Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Vol. XXX, #3-4, Fall-Winter, 2004, Historic Huntsville Foundation. Oscar Goldstein, Lawrence B. Goldstein Sr., Lawrence B. Goldstein Jr. played large roles in the hotel. Especially interesting is an account of Margaret Anne Goldsmith as she shares her childhood memories of her time living there (pages 45 - 54).

•  Poem - "288 Sutton Road" a Poem by Margaret Anne Goldsmith Hanaw with pictures for Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Vol. XXII, #2, Summer, 1996, Historic Huntsville Foundation, pages 100-109.

•  SanctuaryArtists.Net - Website explaining the Sanctuary. (Originally found at

•  Schiffman Ancestors - Article by Margaret Anne Goldsmith Hanaw titled "The Spirits of My Ancestors Are in Loving Hands" describing her 1994 trip to Hoppstadten Germany, the ancestral home of the Schiffman family of Huntsville, in Historic Huntsville Quarterly, Vol. XX, #4, Winter, 1994, Historic Huntsville Foundation, pages 207 - 222.

•  The Goldsmith Family Album

•  YouTube - A short documentary about the history behind the Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary and the Goldsmith-Schiffman family's generous contributions to the Huntsville area.

The Following Pages Link to this Page:
•  Lawrence B. Goldsmith, Jr. (b1909)
•  Annie Schiffman Goldsmith
•  Lawrence B. Goldsmith, Sr. (b1883)
•  206 Gates
•  206 Gates Avenue SE
•  5 Generations
•  Bettie Herstein Schiffman
•  Catalogue
•  Eden
•  Hotel
•  Hotel Russel Erskine
•  Isaac Schiffman
•  Poem
•  Schiffman Ancestors
•  The Goldsmith Family Album
•  The I. Schiffman Building
•  Betty Bernstein Goldsmith
•  Oscar Goldsmith