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Featured Pieces: Willard Kinzie

Former Mayor Janice Laking shares at Mayors’ Seat at City Hall (3).2016-11-17T17:11:11-04:00
A Lakeview Dairy truck prepares to unload. The Kinzie family lived in the large home adjacent to the dairy on Dunlop Street East for a number of years before purchasing land and building on Shanty Bay Road.2016-09-16T20:22:35-04:00
Town Crier declares the opening of the Barrie Historical Archive with former Mayors cutting the red ribbon behind (1).2016-11-05T18:48:20-04:00
Travis Doucette interviews Barrie’s first city Mayor, Willard Kinzie (4).2016-09-18T01:26:34-04:00
Headshot of Barrie’s first City Mayor, Willard Kinzie (2).2017-02-23T13:31:27-04:00
Mayor Willard Kinzie (centre back) enjoys a conversation with others outside of City Hall on Mulcaster Street. The American Hotel (Yank) can be seen in the background.2016-09-06T20:29:48-04:00
Willard Kinzie stands next to the Waterfront Heritage Trail marker.2016-12-17T15:41:43-04:00
Wise Words with Willard – The Story of how the Anne Street Bridge Overpass was Built.2017-08-02T18:45:36-04:00
Illuminating Conversations with Willard Kinzie, interviewed by Beth Foster.2016-09-10T20:29:14-04:00
Four generations of Kinzies high five the Waterfront Heritage Trail marker.2016-12-17T15:30:19-04:00
Susan and George Kinzie, children of former Mayor, Willard Kinzie prepare for an afternoon drive.2016-09-16T20:39:22-04:00
Camphill Willard Kinzie Tribute.2017-05-29T16:59:32-04:00

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