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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Welcome Be Our Guest Lakeview Dairy Booklet.2017-08-30T21:42:35-04:00
Dr. Travis Doucette welcomes former Mayor Willard Kinzie and wife Karen in the Green Room before Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-17T17:18:07-05:00
Wise Words with Willard – Barrie’s Five Points.2016-09-09T13:30:03-04:00
Former Mayor Willard Kinzie signs a commemorative event poster.2016-11-17T13:12:45-05:00
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
Willard Kinzie introduces Colonel Sanders from Kentucky Fried Chicken to friends City Hall on Collier Street.2017-02-28T23:34:28-05:00
Travis Doucette interviews Barrie’s first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie (2).2016-09-15T03:52:09-04:00
Dr. Travis Doucette presents Principal Greg Brucker with the inaugural Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall.2016-11-13T09:10:13-05:00
Jack Garner addresses the crowd after receiving the Barrie Historical Archive Civic Award.2016-11-17T17:13:22-05:00
Looking out at Kempenfelt Bay from the backyard of former Mayor, Willard Kinzie’s house on Shanty Bay Road.2016-09-16T20:43:14-04:00
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 and his beloved Model-T Ford automobile.2016-09-16T20:25:47-04:00


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