Jul 19 2019

Patch.com, Roslyn Times,  & Manhasset Times: Town Officials Celebrate Career Of Town Historian

Patch.com and Teri West of TheIslandNow.com have posted this article to be published in the upcoming issues of the Roslyn Times and Manhasset Times.


Howard Kroplick

 Above photo: Howard Kroplick with the Town of North Hempstead Board and Officials. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead)


Town Officials Celebrate Career Of Town Historian 
The Town of North Hempstead historian retired from the volunteer position and was recognized earlier this month.

From the Town of North Hempstead: North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board honored for Town Historian Howard Kroplick to express their gratitude for the work he has done within the community as the Town's volunteer historian. The celebration was held on July 9 at Town Hall, where officials presented a proclamation in his honor and a "mock" historical marker.

Kroplick recently announced his stepping down from the volunteer position as town historian so he can achieve a better balance in his life and to spend time with family. He has served as Town Historian since 2012, contributing to various restoration and preservation projects and acquiring numerous historical landmarks, including the Roslyn Grist Mill and the Long Island Motor Parkway. He also established a workshop at a local cemetery on how to restore old, weathered, historical head stones, restored and cleaned numerous historical cemeteries in the Town and served as an invaluable resource for the Town on matters of history.

Along with preserving history throughout the Town, Mr. Kroplick published a book dedicated to the history of the Town of North Hempstead. A new historian has not yet been named.


Howard Kroplick steps down from town historian position

The Island Now
By Teri West
July 16, 2019

Howard Kroplick has resigned from his position as Town of North Hempstead historian, which he held for more than seven years.

The East Hills resident and president of the Roslyn Landmark Society cited a desire for an improved life balance as his reason for stepping down.“For over seven years, it has been a real honor to work with you to preserve and restore the amazing history of our town,” Kroplick wrote in an email to the Town of North Hempstead staff on June 17. He told Judi Bosworth on June 3 that he would be resigning.

“We are all indebted to Howard Kroplick for educating us about the intriguing history of our Town and for helping us to keep that history alive and relevant to today,” Bosworth said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed and we are so appreciative for all he has done for the Town and its residents.”

The town historian position is currently vacant, said a town spokesperson. The historian is responsible for conducting research related to projects and restorations, advising the Town Board on related matters and serving on the town’s Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Kroplick said two of his favorite accomplishments were bringing the Mackay Horse Statue into Roslyn’s Gerry Park and restoring Great Neck Plaza’s Allen Cemetery. “I worked with the Allen family and had to really bring together the neighbors, Great Neck Plaza and the town,” Kroplick said.

The town gave Kroplick a proclamation last Tuesday in honor of his work along with a cardboard cutout fashioned like a historic marker. “At this location, Howard Kroplick served as the Town of North Hempstead’s Town Historian from 2012-2019, where he preserved, restored, and marked places of historical significance,” it reads. Kroplick had three historic markers placed throughout the town, which alert the public to the historic significance of a landmark.

One was recently placed at the Roslyn Grist Mill, a site dating to the early 1700s that the Roslyn Landmark Society is leading the restoration of. The restoration is planned to be a three-year project, which Kroplick is focusing much of his efforts on as the president of the society, a position he took on in September.

In 2016, Kroplick won the Edmund J. Winslow Local Government Historian Award for Excellence, which the Association of Public Historians of New York State presents to one historian annually.

The Town of North Hempstead gave Kroplick a cardboard imitation of a historic marker upon his resignation. (Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead)


Jul 20 2019 Ron Ridolph 1:29 AM

Hi Howard:

    Congrats and best wishes always !!!!

          Cheers and Best,  Ron Ridolph

Jul 22 2019 David Stephan 2:41 AM

My congratulations, too!
Thank you for your past efforts in preserving local history and best wishes for your efforts to restore the Roslyn grist mill.

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