The first meeting of the Barrie Historical Archive (BHA) was on January 13, 2016, but the idea came a year earlier. From the Facebook Group, ‘If you grew up in Barrie you remember,’ it was clear there was a keen interest in the history of Barrie, and in sharing stories and personal artifacts. We kept thinking, “wouldn’t it be great if there was a proper platform where all this historical content was consolidated, organized and searchable?” Out of this simple need and the belief in the existence of undiscovered works from our past, the BHA was born.
A successful GoFundMe campaign covered our start-up costs and just a mere 36 weeks after that initial gathering, the BHA launched on September 21, 2016. Pulling out all stops, the BHA opened its virtual doors with an unprecedented historical event at City Hall called “Mayors’ Seat” that reunited Barrie’s former city Mayors.
Our team of volunteers is united under our simple vision and mission to build, organize and maintain a free credible, online archive that celebrates and centralizes Barrie’s historical content. We exist to tell OUR history and your story.
- The BHA boasts a free online museum of over 7,000 images, videos, audio and documents
- The BHA is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization in the process of applying for registered charity status