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Featured Pieces: Picturesque Postcards

The Grand Opera House on Collier Street was built in 1896 but lost the upper floor to fire in 1926. Eighty years later, in 2006, the remains of the building were expropriated to build a municipal parking garage. 2016-04-21T09:32:29+00:00
Postcard showing a lakeshore scene in an unknown location. 2016-09-06T18:30:16+00:00
A postcard showing a view of Kempenfelt Bay. 2016-06-12T03:28:54+00:00
Postcard showing Dunlop Street West at the corner of Owen Street. 2016-09-06T18:30:21+00:00
A postcard of Queen’s Park featuring the old bandstand. 2016-07-01T19:56:19+00:00
Postcard showing the Dove Restaurant on Dunlop Street East. Building owned by Franklin Kerr. 2016-09-05T17:21:59+00:00
Postcard of Downtown Barrie showing railway lands and sail boats in the bay. 2016-05-01T19:21:54+00:00
Postcard showing an aerial view of City Hall, the Marketplace, the Arch and the Municipal Building. 2016-05-21T20:09:58+00:00
Postcard showing Memorial Square (Fred Grant Square) on Dunlop Street East. 2016-09-06T20:27:06+00:00
Fred Grant Square postcard featuring in the background a shot of the Wilson Building and Jackson’s Grill. 2016-12-10T21:45:29+00:00
Coloured postcard looking Southwest from the Barrie Jail, a view of Collier and Mulcaster Streets, including the Market Building and Town Hall. 2016-07-06T15:41:16+00:00
Postcard promoting Lovers’ Creek. 2016-09-05T16:18:41+00:00

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In Memory of the Postcard

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Historically Happy Holiday Wishes from the BHA

Members of the BHA celebrate their group award from Heritage Barrie. All the Barrie Historical Archive wants for Christmas is...you! Cliche? Maybe. But in earnest, we want you in 2018! We would be amazed if you shared your historical photos/documents with us. Elated if you offered us your time [...]

Tiny Building Leaves Big Impression – BHA Monthly Meeting, November 1, 2017

It's just a tiny, clapboard building in Oro-Medonte, just a few kilometres from Barrie's city limits. But it's left a HUGE impression on our community. Now, learn about the HUGE undertaking required to restore the church, first constructed more than 170 years ago, at the Barrie Historical Archive's monthly meeting. Join us on Wednesday, [...]

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