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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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

Remember This? Victory gardens grew in response to historic global crisis <b>(4 photos)</b>

Remember This? Victory gardens grew in response to historic global crisis (4 photos)

This week in Remember This, Mary shares a story of how people handled a major crisis a few generations ago
Victory gardens <b>(4 photos)</b>

Victory gardens (4 photos)

This week in Remember This, Mary shares a story of how people handled a major crisis a few generations ago
Mr. Powell’s daughter <b>(4 photos)</b>

Mr. Powell’s daughter (4 photos)

This week, Mary shares the tragic story of the Spanish flu and its impact on a self-sacrificing nurse from Barrie in 1918
Deerfoot, first man to carry His Majesty's Mails <b> (4 photos)</b>

Deerfoot, first man to carry His Majesty's Mails (4 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris recounts the story of Eli Corbiere who carried the mail on foot, through the bush, alone between Barrie and Holland Landing
Mr. Graham’s neighbourhood

Mr. Graham’s neighbourhood

This week in Remember This, Mary traces the rise and fall of the Graham legacy of tanning and textiles
Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part three <b>(4 photos)</b>

Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part three (4 photos)

The final outcome in the trial surrounding a Collingwood family, where Jenny Wonch made history by testifying on her own behalf
Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part two <b>(4 photos)</b>

Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part two (4 photos)

Part two of the tale of a Collingwood family who often found themselves in the news of the late 1800s, including a double murder
Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part one <b>(4 photos)</b>

Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part one (4 photos)

Part one of a two-part tale of a large Collingwood area family who often found themselves in the news of the late 1800s, including a double murder
Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part three <b>(4 photos)</b>

Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part three (4 photos)

This week in Remember This, Mary shares the final outcome in the trial surrounding a Collingwood family, where Jenny Wonch made history by testifying on her own behalf
Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part two <b>(4 photos)</b>

Unfortunates: The Wonch family, part two (4 photos)

This week in Remember This, Mary shares part two of the tale of a Collingwood family who often found themselves in the news of the late 1800s, including a double murder