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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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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> Clothier put the rack in racket — Part 2

REMEMBER THIS: Clothier put the rack in racket — Part 2

Downtown Barrie businessman gets lucky in a trial, but it wasn't his only brush with the legal system
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Clothier put the rack in racket — Part 1

REMEMBER THIS: Clothier put the rack in racket — Part 1

In February 1915, fire was detected coming from the Queen's Hotel; Downtown businessman's clothing stock was damaged, necessitating a fire sale and, soon, closer inspection of the books
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Books, suits, food, cash, and smokes

REMEMBER THIS: Books, suits, food, cash, and smokes

This downtown Barrie corner has been many things over the decades, including a book and stationary shop, a tailor business, a grocer, two successive private banks, and a series of tobacconists
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Back to school, Bayfield St. style

REMEMBER THIS: Back to school, Bayfield St. style

In 1973, a state-of-the-art Sears store opened in the new Georgian Mall. Still owned at the time by Simpson-Sears Ltd., it was the first store in Canada to operate solely under the Sears name
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The greatest show on Earth

REMEMBER THIS: The greatest show on Earth

Mary Harris looks back at a time when Barrie was a regular stop for some of the biggest circus shows
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Beaver tales

REMEMBER THIS: Beaver tales

This week's Remember This looks back on the Beaver, a well-known steamship on the waters of Lake Simcoe
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The slots come to Barrie

REMEMBER THIS: The slots come to Barrie

The first of these slot machines was not what you might think
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Dairy by the creek — Part Two

REMEMBER THIS: Dairy by the creek — Part Two

Rounding out a look back at the dairy days
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Dairy by the creek — Part One

REMEMBER THIS: Dairy by the creek — Part One

Remembering the days of the dairy operation that ran in the heart of old Barrie
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Wheeling around town a passion for many

REMEMBER THIS: Wheeling around town a passion for many

In the late 1800s, all of North America was in the midst of a full-on bicycle craze and Barrie was no different