at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau



The Museum of Northern History takes great pride in its extensive collections of objects, documents and photos of Kirkland Lake’s past and present. Among the major themes represented in the collection are the regional mining, agricultural and lumber industries. Artifacts from the local schools and community groups as well as the churches are housed in the Chateau’s collection.





Barber Chair

Barber Chair
A Koken Barber Chair. It is white in colour with a chrome pedestal. The footstool has a plaque that reads “Reg. U.S. Pat. Of Koken Companies, St. Louis, USA.” In the early 1900’s, a German immigrant named Ernest Koken developed this type of Barber Chair which featured a hydraulic operated chair lift with a lever which allowed barbers to control it. Chairs like this would have been used locally in places such as the Princess Beauty Parlour.






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