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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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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: Drug dependency, death on streets of NYC

REMEMBER THIS: Drug dependency, death on streets of NYC

Just prior to First World War, Fred and Shirley Van Patter decided to come to Barrie and seek their fortune, but things would go terribly wrong
REMEMBER THIS: Downtown 'hole in the ground' has history

REMEMBER THIS: Downtown 'hole in the ground' has history

Most recently known as the 'pink building,' structure served as music hall, hotel and more before being demolished last month
REMEMBER THIS: The legendary lake captain — Part 3

REMEMBER THIS: The legendary lake captain — Part 3

Sinking of the Manitoulin wasn't enough to keep Capt. Peter Campbell off the water
REMEMBER THIS: The legendary lake captain — Part 2

REMEMBER THIS: The legendary lake captain — Part 2

The captain would become highly revered for the way he handled the doomed Manitoulin on May 18, 1882
REMEMBER THIS: The legendary lake captain — Part 1

REMEMBER THIS: The legendary lake captain — Part 1

Georgian Bay called to Peter Campbell when he young, and he went on to form the conglomerate Great Northern Transit Company
REMEMBER THIS: Peril on the lakes — Part 2

REMEMBER THIS: Peril on the lakes — Part 2

The Enterprise steamer suffered fate similar to that of the J.H. Jones, but with no casualties
REMEMBER THIS: Peril on the lakes — Part 1

REMEMBER THIS: Peril on the lakes — Part 1

In the winter of 1906, the tugboat 'J.H. Jones' left Owen Sound for the last run of the season ... but it became its last run ever
REMEMBER THIS: Old-fashioned winters through the words of Fred Grant

REMEMBER THIS: Old-fashioned winters through the words of Fred Grant

Barrie storyteller recalls thermometer regularly sinking to -45 C in 1870s
REMEMBER THIS: A snapshot of New Year's 100 years ago

REMEMBER THIS: A snapshot of New Year's 100 years ago

Let’s have a look at what was going on in Barrie during the final week of 1923
REMEMBER THIS: White Christmas? Chances are good in Barrie

REMEMBER THIS: White Christmas? Chances are good in Barrie

Farmers were keen weather observers, with many keeping diaries to record conditions
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