Gerald Smith, who has been the Broome County historian for three decades, has been recognized for distinguished service by the New York Academy of History.

Smith recently was awarded the 2018 Herbert H. Lehman Prize at a dinner in New York City.

The award is named for New York state's 45th governor. The prize is presented by the academy to those who make outstanding, life-long contributions to New York history.

Smith has written several books about local history and he makes frequent public presentations to educate Broome County residents about past events. His history columns regularly appear in the Press & Sun-Bulletin. He also is a featured monthly guest on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program.

Speaking on the program Friday, Smith said "it's nice to be recognized by your peers," people who help to preserve the state's history and share their knowledge.

Smith's next scheduled WNBF Radio appear will be on May 11 at 10:10 a.m.

This Herbert H. Lehman Prize medal was presented to Broome County historian Gerald Smith on April 5, 2018. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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