mulberry continental wallet oak Local history buff connects Waterford present and past through photos
Greg Fogleman, 42 of Waterford Township and a history enthusiast, has spent the last eight years collecting hundreds of historic photographs from the township, compiling them on a popular Facebook page entitled Then and Now.
PHOTOS: See a sampling of the historic collection.
The page, with over 10,000 followers, is stocked with photos comparing sites around the township from the 1900s to today. Some come from local residents, some Fogleman finds on his own while others come sent in giant mailing envelopes from the nation.
think I seen every yearbook page of every high school yearbook in Waterford going back to the Fogleman said.
just fascinated with the past and where we came from. I intrigued by seeing the change, what things looked like 100 years ago, 50 years ago, it just neat.
Fogleman was inspired to start the project about nine years ago while looking through the old Borders bookstore, now 2nd Charles, in Auburn Hills. He came across a coffee table book published by a former employee of the Detroit Public Library, Then and Now.
made the page and invited a few friends. They started inviting other friends and really, I had no clue it was going to balloon into what it did, Fogleman said.
He even been approached by a publishing company to turn the photos into a book, something Fogleman said he still like to do one day.
Fogleman held a lecture event in coordination with the Waterford Chamber of Commerce to share some of those photos and their stories on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the OverTyme Grill Tap Room. Janet Meston, 59 of Waterford, came with her sister and friends.
Her mother worked for the Waterford Township Water Department for 37 years, Meston said.
When asked how she seen the township change over the years, Meston lamented the loss of old school mom and pop shops for the array of convenience stores and bigger commercial business which line most of the townships streets.
so many memories, I do still feel a strong, personal connection to the past here. I wish (the township) would see some better changes, less dollar stores and tobacco stores, Meston said.