The Magnolia Historical Society continues work on its largest history book to date, which is now expected to be released in early 2020.

“Magnolia: Midcentury Memories” contains more than 450 pages and 400 images documenting Magnolia in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

MHS member Monica Wooton said it is the largest book the historical society has produced due to the depth of information provided through first-person memoirs and mini-memories from more than 60 residents.

“It’s way bigger and way more complicated as a result of all the stories provided,” Wooton said.

The massiveness of the literary project, coupled with the loss of a family member over the summer, has pushed the publication of “Midcentury Memories” to early 2020 from the October release announced during a spring celebration of the book.

MHS will continue to offer presales and gift certificates for the book ahead of Christmas, Wooton said. The presale price is $35 for a limited number of books, which can be purchased at magnoliahistoricalsociety.org. Checks may be sent to: MHS, 3202 W. Emerson St., Seattle, WA 98199; shipping is an additional $7.50.

To speed up the process, Tab Melton will join Judy Goldthorpe as another copy editor. Goldthorpe also experienced a recent personal loss.

Magnolia: Midcentury Memories” received $80,000 in matching grant support from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, which was adjusted to address the delay.