For the Love of Dale is a group effort, if ever there was one.
For the Love of Dale (FTLD) is a project that's grown from many efforts to identify, preserve and record Dale History. This account is from my perspective and is inevitably incomplete. If you'd like to add to this story, send me your version.
For me, the efforts began at For the Love of Johnstown (FTLJ). I was managing the Inclined to Read used bookstore on Main Street and wanted to feature the photographic work of Brian Ensley. At FTLJ, Mardy Huss approached me with interest in how the bookstore could support the efforts of several Dale residents who were writing the history of Dale Borough.
We have met several times, slowly accruing documentation, goals, photographs, stories and much, much more. I am now working from my studio at the Bottleworks, in Cambria City.
On July 13, from 1 to 3, For the Love of Dale will be happening at The Bottleworks. Brian and I will talk about his experience documenting the buildings of Dale. There will be a display of Charlie Pfile's hand made models of Dale landmarks, a table full of artifacts from businesses in the borough, and an opportunity to tell stories about your memories there. The Habitorium will also be at the event, conducting a survey and selling arts from the studio.
My personal long term goal for the project is to have Brian's photographs, Charlie's models, the ephemera and stories entered into the Pennsylvania Power Library. I am also using Brian's images for my paintings.