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Mary Harris

Mary Harris

The history of Barrie goes back to the early 19th century. More than 170 years have passed and Barrie has been without a museum — until now. The Barrie Historical Archive exists to celebrate and preserve its rich history by telling your story through digital media. The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content. We are on a mission to preserve, protect and promote your story and the story of those who have built our great city into what it is today.

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Recent Work by Mary

The dead man on the wagon: Part 1 <b>(4 photos)</b>

The dead man on the wagon: Part 1 (4 photos)

In this edition of 'Remember This', Mary Harris shares details surrounding the gruesome 1881 murder of Thomas Slight
When ice was an industry <b>(4 photos)</b>

When ice was an industry (4 photos)

In this week's 'Remember This', Mary Harris recalls a time when ice had to be harvested
These walls have come tumbling down <b>(5 photos)</b>

These walls have come tumbling down (5 photos)

In this week's 'Remember This', Mary Harris remembers Prince of Wales School
Rev. Samuel Ardagh: Part Three - Legacy in Barrie <b>(5 photos)</b>

Rev. Samuel Ardagh: Part Three - Legacy in Barrie (5 photos)

In this week's 'Remember This,' Samuel Ardagh final gets his rest
Rev. Samuel Ardagh: Part Two - Ministry in the bush <b>(5 photos)</b>

Rev. Samuel Ardagh: Part Two - Ministry in the bush (5 photos)

It was a good thing that his physical stamina nearly matched his religious passion because Samuel would come to need every bit of it in his new position. Learn more about some of the hardships he faced in this week's 'Remember This'
Rev. Samuel Ardagh: Part One - Coming to Canada <b>(5 photos)</b>

Rev. Samuel Ardagh: Part One - Coming to Canada (5 photos)

This week's 'Remember This' recounts tales of religion, violence, and a long and grueling journey. It's the first in a series about Rev. Samuel Ardagh
165 years of print news in Barrie <b>(5 photos)</b>

165 years of print news in Barrie (5 photos)

In this week's 'Remember This,' Mary Harris highlights the history of Barrie newspapers after the closure of the 'Barrie Examiner'
Barrie's own Wild West <b>(5 photos)</b>

Barrie's own Wild West (5 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris looks back on the raucous history of the Five Points
This building rose and fell, but a mystery remains <b>(5 photos)</b>

This building rose and fell, but a mystery remains (5 photos)

In the week's 'Remember This', Mary Harris hopes for information regarding one small downtown structure
What and where was Simcoe Hall? <b>(5 photos)</b>

What and where was Simcoe Hall? (5 photos)

With a bit of digging and some assistance from the ever-helpful local experts, Mary Harris gets to the bottom of this mystery in this week's Remember This