The Pugwash Conferences and Masonic Lodge
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The Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs
The Pugwash Conferences take their names from the location of the first meeting, held in 1957, in the village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, birthplace of their host, American philanthropist Cyrus Eaton. The stimulus for that gathering was a Manifesto issued in 1955 by Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein which called upon scientists of all political persuasions to assemble to discuss the threat posed by the advent of nuclear weapons. Twenty two eminent scientists from 7 countries were hosted at the Thinkers Lodge and attended their meeting at this Masonic Hall.
In recognition of its mission to "diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms" The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and its co-founder, Sir Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Masonic Lodge (Acadia Lodge #13)
The Masonic movement in Pugwash began in 1850. It worked under a charter from the Grand Lodge of England and in 1869 joined the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia and was designated Acadia Lodge #13. Frederick & Grace Dakin deeded this property to the Masons in 1910 after their original meeting placed was destroyed by fire. Constructed in 1911 at a cost of $3,000, the upper floor was used exclusively
The brothers of Acadia Lodge #13 A.F.&A.M. continued to hold their meetings here until November of 2015. The Lodge was renamed The Peace Hall in 2017 to honor its legacy.
"My third appeal is to my fellow citizens in all countries: Help us to establish lasting peace in the world."
— Sir Joseph Roblat
[Photo captions, top to bottom, read]
• Attendees of the first conference pose in front of the Masonic Lodge in July 1957
• The brothers of Acadia Lodge #13 pose for a final photo in Nov. 2015
Erected 2017 by Pugwash & Area Chamber of Commerce and Others.
Location. 45° 50.999′ N, 63° 39.772′ W. Marker is in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Victoria Street just east of Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 Victoria Street, Pugwash, Nova Scotia B0K 1L0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gathering of the Clans (within shouting distance of this marker); World Wars Memorial
Also see . . .
1. History of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs - History. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs - Thinkers Lodge. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Acadia Lodge No. 13 A.F.&A.M. Canadian Register Statement of Significance. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.