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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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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.

Recent Work by Mary

<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The talkies are coming! The talkies are coming!

REMEMBER THIS: The talkies are coming! The talkies are coming!

This week's Remember This looks back at Barrie movie theatres and the sometimes-fierce competition that surrounded them
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> If these walls could talk, a renovation story <b>(6 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: If these walls could talk, a renovation story (6 photos)

This week's Remember This takes a look back at some of the history of Eugenia Street
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Green Bush Hotel once run by 'pugilistically inclined family' <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Green Bush Hotel once run by 'pugilistically inclined family' (4 photos)

Torn down to make way for a farmer's laneway, the Green Bush Hotel certainly had a memorable history
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Miracle and tragedy on the lake: Part two <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Miracle and tragedy on the lake: Part two (4 photos)

On July 10, 1924, a massive search was undertaken by Barrie residents, summer cottagers at Big Bay Point and anyone with a boat
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Miracle and tragedy on the lake: Part one <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Miracle and tragedy on the lake: Part one (4 photos)

This week's Remember This is the first instalment of a tragic accident and miraculous rescue from 1924
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Looking back to the time of oculists, watchmakers <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Looking back to the time of oculists, watchmakers (4 photos)

It may seem odd to combine the trade of watchmaker and jeweler with the profession of optician, but it made some sense in the late 1800s
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Nobody misses polio <b>(3 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Nobody misses polio (3 photos)

In this week's Remember This, a look back at the days before a vaccine for polio was invented
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Passion for horses, sailing led to tragic end for The Captain <b>(3 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Passion for horses, sailing led to tragic end for The Captain (3 photos)

Edwyn Brenton Andros could have put roots down anywhere but he fell in love with Barrie after arriving in Canada in the 1870s
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Sanitary inspector had concerns over manure outside establishments

REMEMBER THIS: Sanitary inspector had concerns over manure outside establishments

Without the livery stables of old, and the horses and conveyances held within, nothing and nobody would be going anywhere
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Looking back at the early days of wreckers <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Looking back at the early days of wreckers (4 photos)

The towing industry has changed a lot from the days when only a small number of local garages even had a wrecker