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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Barrie’s first City Mayor, Willard Kinzie proudly displays the incorporation coin from 1959.2016-09-15T21:30:06-05:00
Susan and George Kinzie, children of former Mayor, Willard Kinzie prepare for an afternoon drive.2016-09-16T20:39:22-05:00
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).2017-02-28T23:39:13-05:00
Election At A Glance.2016-07-03T04:58:15-05:00
Willard Kinzie, Mayor of Barrie from 1958 to 1961 celebrates his 96th birthday.2017-11-14T08:14:23-05:00
Dr. Travis Doucette shakes hands with Principal Greg Brucker after presenting him with the inaugural Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-13T09:10:08-05:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie shares at the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall (1).2016-11-17T17:10:40-05:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie visits with people in the Green Room before Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:24:27-05:00
Emcee Michelle Rao, Mayor Jeff Lehman, former Mayor Willard Kinzie and wife Karen and Dr. Travis Doucette pose in the Green Room before the Mayors’ Seat event at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:24:17-05:00
Willard Kinzie in his office at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Dunlop Street East.2016-09-06T20:01:05-05:00
Passes Zoning Bylaw Paving Way For Motel.2016-07-03T04:58:15-05:00
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 (1).2016-11-13T09:14:13-05:00

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Barrie’s changing skyline

Iconic bell tower slowly disappearing from the downtown landscape. The Toronto Street address wasn't the first location of the former Central United Church building, but it was its last. Just over 2 years ago, the sanctuary which has stood at the corner of Ross and Toronto Streets, virtually unchanged since [...]

Ted the Wonder Dog

One of the original 'dogs with jobs'! You may recall from previous blogs, mention of the Tordiff family - long time contributors to the Barrie Archive, since before it even launched. Whenever the Tordiffs drop off family memorabilia for the Archive, Bob always tells the tale (tail?) of his brother's [...]

Barrie says goodbye to two role models

They were just two. But to all, they were many. Willard Kinzie, to some, was the "Milk Man". To hiking partners, he was "Titanium Man". Officially, a mayor, a businessman. But also a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. A fellow parishioner. A walking guide, a restaurateur, a curling skip. A storyteller [...]