Harmon’s Snowshoemen to receive ARCH Heritage Award
Harmon’s Snowshoemen, a group of New England military re-enactors, has been chosen by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as the recipients of the 2022 ARCH Heritage Award. Presently annually, the award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the preservation of the history, heritage and culture of Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls region. The award will be presented at the ARCH dinner and auction on Saturday, November 19 at Spring Hill in South Berwick, ME.
Frequent participants at living history events throughout the New England region, Harmon’s was the first group of historical re-enactors to present a living history event at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House, in January 2012. Since then, their annual program has been one of the most popular events at the Wentworth House, and was even featured on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle in 2017.
The members of Harmon’s Snowshoemen portray military units from four distinct periods in New England history: the time of the first English settlements (The Piscataqua Company, 1623-1640); the late 17th and early 18th centuries (Benjamin Church’s Company (1675-1707); the mid-18th century (Harmon’s Company of Snowshoemen, 1748-1760); and the War for Independence (Jonathan Eames’ Rangers, 1776-1777).
“Over time, our program of living history events has expanded to include other groups and other eras, but Harmon’s was the first,” said Nancy Dickinson, co-president of the
ARCH Board of Directors. “They’ve generously and enthusiastically shared their expertise about colonial life at numerous events at the Wentworth House, and they truly bring the past to life for our visitors.”
A nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of Rollinsford and the lower Salmon Falls region, ARCH maintains the circa 1701 Colonel Paul Wentworth House as an educational and cultural center for the community. For more information about ARCH, including how to purchase tickets to the dinner and auction, consult the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.