Lillian Turner (1917 - 2009) was an enthusiastic patron of the Smithsonian Institution, donating so many items, that she she was quoted saying "the Smithsonian is like an extension of my living room." In 1981, she won the Smithsonian Society Founder's Medal. Turner was a lifelong collector of minerals and gems, and her tireless efforts led to the creation of the 1992 series of stamps which showcased gems from the Museum of Natural History's collection.
Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, Lillian Scheffres moved to Washington, D.C. area in the 1930's and began working as a switchboard operator in the 1940s. She volunteered for several museums and other organizations, including the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, Audubon Naturalist Society and the Supreme Court Historical Society.
Joseph Goy was a French sculptor who created cameos consisting of profiles of noteworthy people for integration into paperweights.
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum