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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Former Mayor Willard Kinzie in the Green Room prior to the Mayors’ Seat Event at City Hall.2016-11-17T13:13:00-04:00
Former Mayor Jim Perri visits with Willard Kinzie in the Green Room before Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:14:51-04:00
Former Mayors Janice Laking and Willard Kinzie watch as Willard’s son in law watches in the Green Room before the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (1).2016-11-17T17:13:33-04:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie speaks to a local as a horse is prepared for his last trip to the Farmer’s Market on Mulcaster Street- (00034).2017-02-28T23:39:13-04:00
Dr. Travis Doucette presents Principal Greg Brucker with the inaugural Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-13T09:10:13-04:00
Susan and George Kinzie, children of former Mayor, Willard Kinzie prepare for an afternoon drive.2016-09-16T20:39:22-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie shares at the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (2).2016-11-17T17:16:37-04:00
Dr. Travis Doucette welcomes former Mayor Willard Kinzie and wife Karen in the Green Room before Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:18:07-04:00
Barrie Historical Archive Board of Directors pose with former Mayors and children of former Mayors in the Green Room before the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (2).2016-11-13T09:14:07-04:00
Willard Kinzie, Mayor of Barrie from 1957 to 1961.2016-07-01T05:20:49-04:00
Wise Words with Willard – Barrie’s Five Points.2016-09-09T13:30:03-04:00
Jack Rogers, Willard Kinzie and Barrie Collegiate Band, W.A. Fisher prepare to address a crowd at the Allandale Train Station before departing on a band trip.2017-03-29T00:51:55-04:00

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