John Goldsmith

John Goldsmith

Get absorbed into a curious tale of enterprise with entertaining speaker John Goldsmith.

For many years John Goldsmith served as a radio personality. He now serves as a volunteer curator for the DeMoulin Museum, which he founded in 2010. He’s very passionate about sharing the story of the DeMoulin Brothers. Being a Road Scholar allows him the opportunity to pack up his gear and share his brand of edutainment to communities throughout Illinois.


Three Frenchmen & A Goat: The DeMoulin Bros. Story

John Goldsmith presents the story of three enterprising young men who founded a fraternal supply company in 1892 that today is one of the biggest manufacturers of marching band uniforms. It’s an entertaining tale of trick chairs, strength testers, graduation caps and gowns, and band uniforms.

Program Logistics

This forty-minute presentation has audience engagement embedded throughout the program. Equipment is flexible.


Were you ever in marching band?

Did you sing in a church choir prior to 1982?

Did you ever ride a goat in a fraternal lodge?

Whether you answered yes or no, John Goldsmith can explain how those three questions are related. The founder and curator of the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois (rated Major Fun by Roadside America), Goldsmith has a trunk of gadgets that will amuse and possibly astound you.

Book this Road Scholar

Follow the steps below to book a presentation.
  1. Contact John to schedule a date and time via email at or phone at (618) 322-2936.
  2. Once you and John have agreed upon a date and time, complete the online Road Scholars Host Organization application.
Contact Us

Fairouz AbuGhazaleh
Director of Statewide Programs