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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 The Barrie Historical Archive is a free, online archive that centralizes Barrie's historical content.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: When strange objects descend from the sky <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: When strange objects descend from the sky (4 photos)

On April 28, 1949, the Bugbeater caused quite a stir among townsfolk when it landed in Barrie to refuel during a trip from northern Ontario to Toronto
REMEMBER THIS: Fortune teller Madam Larkin didn't see it coming <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Fortune teller Madam Larkin didn't see it coming (4 photos)

In this week's Remember This, Mary brings us the story of two friends and a suspicious house fire
REMEMBER THIS: The evolution of Boulderfel <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The evolution of Boulderfel (4 photos)

The old Boulderfel property has had many different looks over the years
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> Has an almost century-old Barrie mystery finally been solved?

REMEMBER THIS: Has an almost century-old Barrie mystery finally been solved?

Thomas Baggs was an Englishman and war veteran who spoke of seeing action in India, Gibraltar and South Africa; He was found dead Boxing Day, 1927, with a pocket full of cash
REMEMBER THIS: Names for Freedom <b>(5 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: Names for Freedom (5 photos)

Simcoe county's first-ever probated will was for a black man and former slave with no last name
REMEMBER THIS: The hangman comes to town <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The hangman comes to town (4 photos)

The precise details of the hangman’s work are macabre on the surface, but surprisingly scientific underneath
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> How Archie Goodall Park got its name <b>(4 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: How Archie Goodall Park got its name (4 photos)

This week, Remember This shines a spotlight on Archie Goodall and the park named in his memory
<b>REMEMBER THIS:</b> The one-armed counterfeiter <b>(5 photos)</b>

REMEMBER THIS: The one-armed counterfeiter (5 photos)

James O'Neill lost his arm in a railway accident and received $1,000 in compensation, but he soon took some drastic steps to improve his financial situation
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