Volunteer

Historic Wallingford is an all-volunteer organization, and we’re gearing up for a big, multi-year project that will rely on volunteers to make it happen!  We’re planning  a grassroots effort to nominate a residential area of north Wallingford in the National Register of Historic Places. This effort builds on our historic district feasibility study, completed in late 2019. Our project volunteer needs are outlined below. Email us at info@historicwallingford.org to inquire. Help us make this a true community effort by joining our team!

Volunteer Manager or co-managers
Work with HW leaders to recruit volunteers for Communications Committee, Research, Public Outreach and Fund Raising Teams. Communicate with volunteers and other project leaders.

Communications Manager or co-managers
Lead small Communications Committee to develop communications plan. Review news releases, info for the website, and social media developed by committee. Organize production of flyers for leafleting.  Organize distribution of messages regarding meetings, training meetings, salons, etc.

Research Co-Managers and Research Team (12 to 15 people)
In partnership with a professional consultant, develop a Research Plan that helps organize and train Research Team to review sources and record data in our files. Types of research and sources include:

— Street Survey (to be entered into a Excel form now being developed)
— Census Info
— Polk Directories (some digitized)
— City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Survey database
— Puget Sound Archives (when opened)
— Bungalow Magazine (digitally available)
— Veith’s A Preliminary Sketch of Wallingford’s History
— 1970s-era Nyberg and Steinbrueck files at Historic Seattle
— And, at a later time, cultural research, including Seattle Star and Seattle Times archives, local churches, identified property owners, builders and individuals, transportation, businesses and significant structures

Public Outreach Team (1 to 3 people)
Working with the Communication Manager, plan and carry out community Zoom informational meetings, virtual salons to explain the plan and purpose for the National Register Historic District Nomination. Recruit neighbors in the designated area to invite friends and neighbors to participate in the Zoom meetings.

Photographer (1 to 2 people)
Working as a part of the Research Team, take photographs of historic district streetscapes and identified buildings. (Likely to be done after leaves fall from the trees.)

Fund Raising Team (1 to 3 people)
With support from a professional fundraiser, develop a plan and organize outreach to members and residents to contribute to support the application process. Determine what sort of outreach will be feasible and practical in the current public health environment. Working with Volunteer Manager, prepare teams to engage our neighbors. Working with the Communications Manager develop materials to support the fund raising effort. Keep an eye out for grant application opportunities.

Email us at info@historicwallingford.org to inquire.

Video Editor Needed (posted 10/13/2019)

Historic Wallingford’s (HW) video committee is looking for additional members. Julie Martin and Carl Slater are a two-person committee that produces videos of HW events to be viewed later by those who could not attend the event. Those seeking information for preservation and renovation projects or about Wallingford history and architecture can view the videos can through the HW website. Also, each video of an HW event becomes part of the history of Wallingford.

They begin by filming the event speaker’s presentation and audience questions. They edit the material, which involves adding a title and context information at the beginning and more detailed information about the speaker(s) and the event.

Speakers often use PowerPoint or other projected presentation materials, and in some cases the direct shoot of the speaker and screen are adequate for future views. However, if one or more slides are hard to read, overlays are made of the original slide that fill the whole screen as the speaker continues to talk. They produce very useable records of the respective presentations and programs.

Julie uses PC video editing software, and Carl uses Mac software. Producing the videos is time consuming, which is why another volunteer is needed. Also, there is need for establishing a good online library of the material. This is particularly important with regard to information programs on renovation and restoration for Wallingford homeowners. Perhaps someday we can live stream an event.

Our video committee would be well served to have another few volunteers with talents in video editing and websites. However, no experience is necessary, and all that is required is an interest in video. We have a good Sony camera but today’s iPhone/Smart Phones are more than adequate for our uses. Julie and Carl are happy to share all they do.

If you are interested or have any questions, email us at info@historicwallingford.org.