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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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

Remember This: The Sanford Affair, Part Two (4 photos)

Remember This: The Sanford Affair, Part Two (4 photos)

Sidney Sanford’s banking, business experience served him well, but his acting expertise may have been his best asset
Remember This: The Sanford Affair, Part One (4 photos)

Remember This: The Sanford Affair, Part One (4 photos)

Sidney James Sanford was known for many things: Thespian Club, political associations, Masonic activities, and the building of the Grand Opera House on Collier Street. But then he vanished
How do you like them apples? <b>(4 photos)</b>

How do you like them apples? (4 photos)

In this edition of Remember This, Mary Harris looks back at J.W. Gossling booming apple business
Percy Pelch, Pt. 2: Thief, daredevil and escape artist <b>(4 photos)</b>

Percy Pelch, Pt. 2: Thief, daredevil and escape artist (4 photos)

Barrie police and Mary Harris continue to chase down Percy Pelch in this week's Remember This?
Percy Pelch: Thief, daredevil and escape artist <b>(4 photos)</b>

Percy Pelch: Thief, daredevil and escape artist (4 photos)

Follow the police and Mary Harris as they chase down Percy Pelch in this week's Remember This?
The Theatre Block: When gas pumps became a menace <b>(4 photos)</b>

The Theatre Block: When gas pumps became a menace (4 photos)

By 1928, Barrie had created a bylaw that said that no more gas pumps were to be erected along Dunlop and Elizabeth streets
The Theatre Block: Harold Hill's booming auto business <b>(8 photos)</b>

The Theatre Block: Harold Hill's booming auto business (8 photos)

In this week's Remember This?, Mary Harris offers part six of her exploration of Barrie's theatre block
Remember This: Theatre Block Part 4 <b>(4 photos)</b>

Remember This: Theatre Block Part 4 (4 photos)

This stretch of Elizabeth Street, now known as Dunlop Street West, was no stranger to action
Auto garage with gas pumps once occupied Theatre Block (4 photos)

Auto garage with gas pumps once occupied Theatre Block (4 photos)

Late in the 1930s, the bloom was off the rose and the corner businessmen were as likely to be found in a courtroom as they were to be in their shops
The hidden history of the Theatre Block <b>(5 photos)</b>

The hidden history of the Theatre Block (5 photos)

In this edition of Remember This, Mary Harris takes us back to the dawn of moving pictures