The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission recognized 23 individuals across the state for their contributions of time, talent, and expertise in 2022 at a Volunteer of the Year Ceremony, held on Saturday, April 15 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
In addition, one honoree received the Outstanding Service Award for long-term volunteer participation and exceptional dedication in memoriam.
Since its beginning more than a century ago, PHMC has depended on citizen volunteers to work in partnership with its dedicated paid staff to carry out the preservation and interpretation programs of the agency. Each spring for more than 40 years, commission leadership have gathered with volunteers to say thanks and honor exceptional service.
“Our volunteers are integral to the success of our historic sites and museums,” said PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. “They bring a passion for history, a strong connection to community, and a desire to welcome all who visit to learn more about our shared heritage.”
Each of the historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trails of History are invited to designate a Volunteer of the Year based on service in the preceding calendar year.
In Berks County, Volunteer of the Year Award recipients for 2022 were Lynn Otto, Friends of Conrad Weiser Homestead and the Friends of Daniel Boone Homestead.