The “convergence of curiosity and knowledge”
Rich Moore was elected president of the Cincinnati Mercantile Library at its annual members meeting in January, 2017. The Mercantile is one of less than two dozen surviving membership libraries in the United States. Since its foundation in 1835, it has maintained and expanded its historic collection of books, as well as an impressive compilation of artworks, while also presenting an expansive schedule of events. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rabbi Isaac Wise and Salman Rushdie are only a few of the prominent writers and thinkers featured since the Mercantile’s first lecture series in the 1840s. In 2017, most of the signature events will be free to library members thanks to a grant from ArtsWave - the Greater Cincinnati region's local arts agency and the nation's first and largest community campaign for the arts. Membership at the Mercantile is open to anyone.
Rich, who is a member of FBT’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, has served in various positions at the Mercantile since 2007. He is the first African-American president in the library’s nearly 182-year history.