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Find Snapshots Of Boise History On Facebook
Once upon a time, there were kids playing in the streets and block parties weren’t so unusual. These days, though, most people aren’t grilling with Larry from next door, but that doesn’t mean the end of the tight-knit neighborhood. We’re just staying connected to Larry via social media.
Facebook groups like North End Neighborhood Association and Boise Bench Dwellers help neighborhoods connect in a way that association meetings cannot. People share everything from missing pets to extra tomatoes. It has become the way to get to know your neighbors and network.
But in Bryan Lee Mckee Roesberry's Facebook group, Boise & the Treasure Valley History, people are sharing the past.
Pictures and memories from the past are posted every day (and sometimes hourly!). The group has more than 12,000 members and adds dozens more with every sentimental picture shared. Roesberry was even recognized by Mayor Bieter as a Good Neighbor last September.
Roesberry has lived in Boise all his life – 47 years – and started working early, riding his bike all over the city. He's taken a lot of photographs through the years and saw “several buildings fall.” He started the history group in August 2014 to share those photos and his love of the Treasure Valley.
“I never thought it would grow to almost 13,000 members. That was a big surprise. I have several hours of research to share. And I share daily with the group," he says. "I get messages telling me it's the first thing they read in the morning…Bringing back the memories has a lot of people happy.”
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