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