You may remember that Christine Burgoyne, of the Wallingford Public Library, has been spearheading the creation of a mural of honoring the history of the Wallingford library. Here’s her progress update and plea:

The WALLINGFORD MURAL PROJECT is finally nearing completion! Read on for details and an easy way to help make it happen.

The 44″ x 103″ mural (below) will provide a visual timeline that uses historic and present-day photographs to show the founders as well as the historic locations of the Wallingford Branch.

The mural is my tribute and gift to this community. After working at the Wallingford Branch for more than eight years, curiosity brought me to investigate the history of this tiny but vital resource. In 1948, Wallingford resident Alice Wilmot Dennis bequeathed a house to the City of Seattle to be used as a library. She stipulated that the library (originally located at 4422 Meridian Avenue N) be named for her late sister, Florence Wilmot Metcalf, which is why the branch was originally called the Wilmot Memorial Library and then the Wallingford-Wilmot Library, before becoming what it is today–the Wallingford Library.

As for my part in the project, I am on staff at the library, but this mural is my personal gift to–in collaboration with–the Wallingford community. Photoshop work for the project was generously donated by graphic artists Brandon MacInnis and Cheryl Tsuhako, and Cat Saunders donated her time as project editor. Materials for the project will cost $500, including reproduction and installation of the mural.

If you’d like to donate to the project, please make checks payable to Wallingford Mural Project and mail to: Wallingford Mural Project, c/o POB 31161, Seattle, WA 98103.

Unless you specify that you prefer anonymity, a future Wallyhood post will acknowledge all donors by name, without disclosing any dollar amounts. Thank you, Wallingford, for helping this project come to fruition. I hope you’ll stop by the library once it’s done and check it out! Gratefully — Christine Burgoyne

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  1. Cat Saunders said,

    It has been a privilege and a joy to serve as project editor for the Wallingford Mural Project, not only because it will be such a wonderful gift for our neighborhood library, but also because it was such a pleasure to work with Christine (SPL) and Brandon (who, along with his wife, donated his awesome Photoshop skills).

    Brandon came to the project following Wallyhood’s first blog post about the project. Now we’re hoping for an equally successful response to this posting’s fundraising efforts.

    $500 may seem like a big chunk of change, and it is. But when you think about it in terms of all the wonderful people who live in Wallingford, it will only take 10 donations of $50, or 25 donations of $20, to get the job done.

    Any amount is welcome and every dollars helps!

    The first $50 was donated as soon as fundraising efforts began (through me and John Giovine). Won’t you join us by contributing toward the remaining $450?

    Hey, Christine, how about letting people know in the “Comments” section here as donations come in, so everyone can join in the fun of watching the $500 goal come to fruition?

    And if that sounds good, how about mentioning the names of those who contribute–but NOT the amount of their donation–so people can get credit for their generosity? (Of course, if someone prefers to remain anonymous, that would be respected.)

    You can send donations to: WALLINGFORD MURAL PROJECT, c/o POB 31161, Seattle, WA 98103.

    Thank you, everyone!

    Sun, March 2 at 11:35 am
  2. Cat Saunders said,

    Update on donations for the Wallingford Mural Project as of Thursday 3/6/14:

    Christine at SPL let me know this morning that the Wallingford Mural Project now has $115 in donations. Thank you, Wallingfordians! (Is that the right name for us?)

    $115 in donations means we need $385 more to meet our $500 goal for production and installation expenses.

    P.S. If you’re on Facebook or other social networking sites, we’d love to have your help in spreading the word for this project. Thanks!

    Thu, March 6 at 12:17 pm
  3. Cat Saunders said,

    Christine at SPL says the Wallingford Mural Project has received another $25 donation, so the total is now up to $140.

    That means we still need $360 to get the job done. Please keep those donations coming–any amount helps!

    Many thanks to those who have already contributed to the mural fund. Your generosity is much appreciated!

    Mon, March 10 at 11:52 am
  4. Cat Saunders said,

    The Wallingford Mural Project has gotten more donations–yay!

    As of Tuesday, March 11, the total now stands at $240, so we’re almost halfway to the $500 goal.

    Keep those donations coming, you wonderful Wallingfordians. Your generosity is much appreciated!

    Tue, March 11 at 3:37 pm
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