Thinkers' Lodge named national historic site
Defence and ACOA?Minister Peter MacKay declares Thinkers' Lodge in Pugwash a national historic site Sunday. Hannah Morton Amherst Daily News
PUGWASH - Thinkers' Lodge, home to the Pugwash peace movement and former home of businessmen Cyrus Eaton, is now a national historic site.
"Thinkers' Lodge was the place where the influential Pugwash movement for nuclear disarmament was established and is a lasting symbol of this achievement," said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, who made the announcement on behalf of Environment Minister John Baird.
The first conference on nuclear disarmament was held at Thinkers' Lodge in 1957, during the height of the Cold War.
There, scientists, scholars and leaders from both sides of the Iron Curtain met to discuss the threat of nuclear weapons.
Last year marked the 50th annual conference.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am honoured to highlight the historic importance of this exceptional Canadian site that has been noted as a global icon," added MacKay.
The announcement took place on the steps of the famous Eaton homestead overlooking Pugwash Harbour.
"You won't find a more beautiful spot in all of Nova Scotia than right here," said Premier Rodney MacDonald.
"Many national historic sites in Canada are forts, symbols of conflict. However, Thinkers' Lodge is a symbol of peace for so many people around the world."
Earlier this year, the province awarded $500,000 to the lodge to ensure it is properly maintained.
"The province of Nova Scotia believes in what you are doing," said MacDonald.
Over the weekend, Pugwash hosted the 51st annual conference. The focus was "Pugwash, Parliamentarians and Political Will: Advancing the Agenda for Abolition."
Senator Romeo Dallaire, Senator Douglas Roche and former Canadian NDP leader Alexa McDonough attended the conference, as well as a scholars and parliamentarians from around the world, including Sergio Duarte, United Nations Undersecretary General for Disarmament Affairs.
Results from the conference will be made public in the coming days.