Creator(s): Museum of Northern History at the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau
The town of Kirkland Lake started like most mining towns across Northern Ontario. With the discovery of gold, many men moved to the area with hopes of staking claims and making a fortune. Even a few women with a pioneering spirit joined in the hunt for mineral riches. Kirkland Lake continued to grow in size after the initial gold rush died down, and seven major mines operated in town limits.
Families were initially attracted to a town built on gold and steady employment, but many remained in the town for generations afterward because of the welcoming social environment that had been created and maintained. While the men built the mines, it was the women who built the community.
This virtual exhibit is based on the Auxiliary Volunteers Women of Kirkland Lake exhibit that was installed in the Museum of Northern History's gallery space for the summer of 2012. Since that time, additional interviews, research, and items have been included to create this virtual exhibit, while continuing the purpose of the original exhibit.