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The Mechanics Institute was Barrie’s first library system

A nomadic beginning eventually led to a majestic building. Barrie’s first library began as a group. It started out in 1844 as a Mechanics’ Institute, a subscription and fee-based organization created for workingmen and mechanics for improvement and development. Although the institute received donations of books from influential people in the community and membership dues were used to buy more books, as a place of intended public instruction, in 1848, the library was still seldom used. In an effort to [...]

By |June 12th, 2020|Categories: Unknown|

From Barrie with Love Part IV: Wartime Letters from a Briton in Barrie

By |August 27th, 2018|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive, Downtown|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read the fourth instalment of this exciting new blog series for the Barrie Historical Archive, made possible by archive supporter Diana Strachan. If you need to catch up, check out the preceding blogs here. Diana’s [...]

From Barrie with Love Part III: Wartime Letters from a Briton in Barrie

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This marks the third installment in an exciting blog series for the Barrie Historical Archive, made possible by archive supporter Diana Strachan. Check out the preceding blogs here. Last time, we felt Peggy Newman’s anticipation [...]

From Barrie with Love Part II: Wartime Letters from a Briton in Barrie

By |July 31st, 2018|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive, Downtown, Unknown|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This is the second instalment in a new blog series for the Barrie Historical Archive, courtesy of archive supporter Diana Strachan. Catch the first instalment here. After settling in Barrie with her sister, auntie and [...]

From Barrie with Love: Wartime Letters from a Briton in Barrie

By |July 24th, 2018|Categories: Downtown, Historical Locations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This piece marks the first in a new series for the Barrie Historical Archive, courtesy of archive supporter Diana Strachan. Strachan’s mother, Peggy Newman, was just 16 years old in July 1940 when she, along [...]

History Lesson: Accessing the Tollendal Mill

By |May 17th, 2018|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive, Historical Events, Historical Locations, The Gables|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the 1800s, getting to the Tollendal Mill could be a precarious journey. The only access, before a bridge was built over Lover's Creek, was by way of water or the Tollendal Mill Road. This [...]

Historically Happy Holiday Wishes from the BHA

By |December 24th, 2017|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Members of the BHA celebrate their group award from Heritage Barrie. All the Barrie Historical Archive wants for Christmas is...you! Cliche? Maybe. But in earnest, we want you in 2018! We would be amazed [...]

Tiny Building Leaves Big Impression – BHA Monthly Meeting, November 1, 2017

By |October 31st, 2017|Categories: Barrie Historical Archive|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

It's just a tiny, clapboard building in Oro-Medonte, just a few kilometres from Barrie's city limits. But it's left a HUGE impression on our community. Now, learn about the HUGE undertaking required to restore the church, first constructed more [...]

A special message from our Chairman, Dr. Travis Doucette

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: |

It would seem fitting that on Canada's 150th Birthday I finally let out a secret I've been keeping for 150 days: I'm moving to Florida in August! Many of you know my educational background and [...]