The Carl Mlinar Award
The Easton Republican Town Committee has established an award in honor of Carl Mlinar, who served as Easton’s Town Clerk for over 34 years.
The Carl Mlinar Award is presented yearly to a Helen Keller Middle School student graduating from the eighth grade. The Awards Ceremony takes place annually in June at the school in Easton, Conn.
Carl Mlinar, a native of Easton, graduated from Samuel Staples Elementary School in 1935 and from Bassick High School in 1939. From 1941 through 1955, he was a clerk serving under then Town Clerk Willard Gillette, except for the time he spent in the Armed Forces during World War II. In 1955, Mlinar was elected town clerk and served in that capacity until he retired at the end of 1989.
Over his many years as a dedicated public servant, Mlinar became known for his encyclopedic knowledge of Easton: Who was related to whom, where everybody lived and how to do every job in Town Hall. He was a helpful friend to young and old alike.
The annual award is a book that goes to a student selected by the eighth-grade faculty for having shown a love of history throughout his or her career while at Helen Keller. The award is traditionally presented at the year’s end Student Award Ceremony. However, this year the school will have a virtual ceremony, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
By establishing and sponsoring this award, the Easton Republican Town Committee wishes to honor and memorialize Mlinar for his excellent and long service to the Town of Easton.
The 2020 recipient of the Carl Mlinar Award is Nathanael Knorr.
Brian Walsh, eight grade social studies teacher and team leader, shared the following about this year’s recipient:
Nathanael enjoys history, and his favorite aspects and topics in history are in the geopolitical arena. He finds it interesting to see how country borders change over time, which countries are considered superpowers and how they got there – wars, geography, and some of the politics that happen because of those situations. With the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in the European Theater this June 2020, Nathanael is currently reading about WWII and the German accounts of D-Day.
The book chosen for this year’s award is The American Story – Conversations with Master Historians. It is a sweeping journey across the American story by bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors who offer fresh insights on our nation’s past, from the Founding Era to the late 20th century. The conversations provide information on critical moments in our past that speak directly to our present moment. This book will “inspire new generations to learn about our history and defend the democratic values that have always defined what it truly means to be American.”