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Summer fundraising campaign for Memorial Walkway






The Princeton Public Arts Commission, in a collaborative effort with North Central Illinois Artworks (NCIA), is excited to announce a public art installation on South Main Street in Princeton.

The walkway between Fawcett’s Pharmacy and Quilter’s Garden is the location. This walkway was dedicated back in 1977 as the Mary Uthoff Memorial Walkway. Mary Uthoff (1886-1974) was a long-time Bureau County educator and served as Superintendent of Bureau County Schools from 1924-1936.

Artist concept of the Mary Uthoff Walkway

Ottawa artist Susan Burton has been commissioned to create original mosaic-covered furniture for the walkway. Jyl Morse, owner of Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past, will be donating china to be used in the mosaic process. The installation of colored shade sails will act as a virtual rooftop and provide an inviting aesthetic.  In addition, the walkway will get some overall repairs, updated lighting, and general clean-up. 

The project will be supported with $10,000 in tourism dollars with the remainder of the $20,000 project to come from fundraising and grants.  Work has begun and will continue throughout the summer with a completion date of September in time for the Homestead Festival weekend. The Princeton team of commissioners is excited to bring public art to Main Street!


Please join in this effort with your financial support. Donations can be made by clicking here.


You can also mail a check to the SRCCF, 718 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL  61350. Checks should be made payable to SRCCF, with “Memorial Walkway” in the memo. 




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