August 9th, 2016
RE: Orlando Scott Goff, “North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains”, Summer 2016
I am very excited to finally be able to share this copy of the journal with the world. Two years ago I started on the dream of bringing to light the almost forgotten wet plate artist Orlando Scott Goff. You see Orlando practiced wet plating in the Dakota’s before me and I am honored not only to bring attention to his work but also to follow in his footsteps. The moment that I saw his plates at Fort Abraham Lincoln and put my eyes upon his portrait of Sitting Bull, I knew I wanted to do something special in his memory.
I have to thank my good friend Lou Hafermehl the local historian for believing in this project. If it was not for his research and eloquent words, this would not have been possible. I also want to thank Pam Berreth Smokey the Editor for believing our document on Goff was significant enough to dedicate the entire journal to our vision.
I have always felt that history is very important. Without knowing where we have been, how do we gauge where we are going?
I hope you enjoy this fabulous and historic document about a man that came many decades before my time. I can only hope that someday someone would do the same for my wet plate name, work and legacy.
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch.