Just a note to remind you to mark your calendars for our
Our next regular meeting and talk will be held on Monday, April 3rd at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Doors open at 7-00pm and the program begins at 7-30 PM.
Lighthouses have always been a part of Nova Scotia’s tourism product, but this role is overshadowed by their use as a navigation aid for the vessels, large and small, that over the centuries have plied the inshore and offshore waters around our province. As new technology has found its way onto the bridge or into the wheelhouse many of the lighthouses, especially those off of the main tourist routes, were abandoned, removed or fell victim to time and weather.
Our talk for April will be presented by retired marine biologist and author Allan Billard. After travelling the side roads of Nova Scotia, Allan realized that these lighthouses were a significant part of our heritage and that local communities were beginning to realize that if the lights disappeared the local community would be the poorer for their loss.
The result of his travels and explorations is his book ‘Lighthouses of Nova Scotia Discovering their History and Heritage’. I suspect there will be more to his talk than Peggy’s Cove, so you are invited to join us and explore these most practical of industrial heritage relics.
Public talk Thursday 16 March, 2017
None of the mysteries alluded to below are strictly industrial, but I believe that the elegant timber frame of the original church will be of interest to some of your members. From what tradition of carpentry does it arise? Why did modern engineers feel obliged to make it into something so much heavier? Where were the heritage authorities when these decisions were made? I’m hoping to provoke some lively discussion, and the expertise of your members would have much to add.