The Athenaeum honored Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Programming Chairperson Marilyn Manning on Thursday evening, April 19, by presenting her with the Donald L. Lutes Library Volunteer of the Year Award. Part of the Athenaeum’s recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 15 through 21, this designation is awarded annually to that library volunteer whose efforts have provided the most positive impact on the Berkshire Athenaeum. Manning arranges all the Athenaeum’s varied adult programming and events as well as working on many other Friends initiatives.
The award itself is named after Donald L. Lutes, the president of the Berkshire Family History Association for twenty-six years and a tireless Athenaeum volunteer for decades. Manning will have her name engraved on a plaque permanently on display at the library.