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On August 1, 2019, the Berkshire Athenaeum was officially designated a Literary Landmark in partnership with the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire County Historical Society. With this distinction, the Athenaeum became one of only seven Literary Landmarks in Massachusetts. The award recognizes Herman Melville's presence in Pittsfield while writing Moby Dick and many other celebrated works; today, his Pittsfield home, Arrowhead, houses the Berkshire County Historical Society. The designation also celebrates the unique and vital role that the Athenaeum's Herman Melville Memorial Room serves as a resource for scholars and the largest collection of Melville family memorabilia in the world.
The celebration was joined by friends, patrons, elected officials, and descendants of Herman Melville. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer spoke, as did State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier and State Senator Adam Hinds.
Stop by to visit the Herman Melville Memorial Room, and check out our Literary Landmark plaque!