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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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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 H. John Murphy Story <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The H. John Murphy Story (4 photos)

The water reservoir and pumping station at Sunnidale Park bears his name, but his life also included military service and innovation
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Little too convenient <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Little too convenient (4 photos)

Service stations brought the convenience of need, but also the convenience for bandits as well
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Lake Simcoe was the Hwy. 400 of steam shipping

REMEMBER THIS: Lake Simcoe was the Hwy. 400 of steam shipping

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris details captain Charles McInnes's exploits aboard the Islay
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Oarsman extraordinaire wowed massive crowds <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Oarsman extraordinaire wowed massive crowds (4 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris looks back on Ned Hanlan's visit to Barrie in 1878 and the festivities (and shenanigans) that followed in his wake
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The shocking truth about the barber business <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The shocking truth about the barber business (4 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris explains Barrie's barbers of yore were cut from a different cloth
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The storied past of Dunlop and Maple <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The storied past of Dunlop and Maple (4 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris details area's bold and modern changes over the years
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> A portrait of Robert Graham

REMEMBER THIS: A portrait of Robert Graham

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris tries to find out which Robert Graham is in this photograph
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Lady in the river: Part two <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Lady in the river: Part two (4 photos)

Details of Niagara Falls trip neatly documented, all except for last part where Elizabeth Hisey died
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Lady in the river: Part one <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Lady in the river: Part one (4 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary Harris begins the tale of the fortune (and misfortune) of Elizabeth Hisey
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Tattooing came to Barrie after Second World War <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Tattooing came to Barrie after Second World War (4 photos)

Up until 1960s, most tattoo talk in Barrie either referred to military displays of music and marching, or inking of pets and livestock as a means of identification