The Morton Memorial Library and Community House is located in the heart of the quaint riverside hamlet of Rhinecliff.
Morton Memorial Library and Community House
82 Kelly St., PO Box 157
Rhinecliff, New York 12574-0157
Phone – 845-876-2903
Fax – 845-876-1584
About the Library:
Levi P. Morton (1824-1920) served as Vice President of the United States, Governor of New York, Congressman from New York City, and Ambassador to France. The building was erected by Anna L. and Levi P. Morton in memory of their daughter Lena for the use of the people of Rhinecliff. It was dedicated as a library in 1908. The building the family gave to the community is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
Morton Memorial Library is known for its cozy atmosphere and eclectic library collection. This historic building houses a wonderful children’s room with books, puzzles, beanbags, all graced by a mural painted by artist and Rhinecliff resident, Joseph Maresca. Morton is renowned for it’s Lacan Collection and Hudson Valley Collection, enhancing its well-selected mix of new best sellers and classics. The library has public computers and WiFi for online work, comfortable spaces for quiet reading, and friendly personnel for help and conversation.
Morton Hall welcomes visitors to enjoy art shows, acoustic nights, a youth chess club, classical guitar concerts, historic talks, ARTalks, a yearly talent show, and many other events. The room can also be rented for private parties, concerts, and the like, all adding to Morton’s warm atmosphere of community activity.
Morton Memorial Library and Community House has received recognition for its civic engagement activities, for sustainability, and for hosting the New Netherlands exhibit in conjunction with the New Netherlands Institute. Among other benefactors, The Thompson Trust and Frost Memorial Fund have granted funds to Morton to improve and sustain the historic facility. Morton is financially sustained by: an endowment created by the Morton family; fundraising; space rental; donations; grants; taxpayers who have passed three votes in support of Morton.
More about the Morton Family:
Board of Trustees:
Avery Gilbert (President), Nicole Lawson (Vice President), Heather Lazarus (Treasurer), Kate Cox (Secretary), Tom Elia, Elaine Tate, Margaret Wigert.
Library Director: Sandy Bartlett
Morton Board Meetings:
The meetings of the Morton Board are held virtually on the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. They are open to the public.