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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 dog Ted. So without further delay, here's the story of Ted the Wonder dog. "You all have heroes right?" Bob begins. "Well, I do as well! Let me introduce you [...]

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 [...]

Back Stage Pass a Blast from the Past

By |April 20th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: , , |

A recent site visit provides glimpses into theatre's many glory days. Test, test and test again is how you de-risk an event so everything will run smoothly ... and that's just what we were doing [...]

Saying Goodbye to Anna: The East End Variety & Snack Bar Fades Away

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Historical Locations|Tags: |

“Hey Lang, you should go out of business more often!” shouted one jokester, but I doubt that that Lang even heard him over the drone of the kitchen exhaust fan, that was running full tilt, [...]

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