On Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2 pm, Historian and United Methodist Pastor Reverend Will Steinsiek will perform a “Chautauqua-style” presentation in costume and in character of New Mexico Methodist Missionary, Reverend Thomas Harwood. He will recite the life of Thomas Harwood focusing on his latter years of being assigned to come to New Mexico beginning in 1869 to establish Methodist Episcopal church congregations throughout the Territory and his career beginning in Albuquerque in 1883. He will recite stories about local church congregations, other religious and civic leaders in Albuquerque, the Local Industrial School for Boys, Harwood School for Girls, and his national honor of being named the Chaplain for the Grand Army of the Republic. He will end by mentioning his death and burial in 1916 at Fairview Cemetery.
Willard “Will” L. Steinsiek is a United Methodist Church pastor and serves as the Archivist of the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church. He also serves as the Pastor for the town of Bernalillo’s congregation of the United Methodist Church.
As the Archivist for the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church, Reverend Steinsiek is responsible for preserving the legacy of all current and past congregations of Methodist related congregations and churches located throughout New Mexico and West Texas. He is the author of several historical topic articles and has made several past presentations before annual conferences of the Historical Society of New Mexico. He is the editor for the New Mexico Conference Historical Society and publishes twice a year the New Mexico Conference United Methodist Historical Journal.