Upcoming Events

  • The Dog Days Of Summer: Summer Schedule at MHS

    Back in the days when Israel and Fanny traipsed the halls of the Israel Crane House, they were used to the heat.  We, however, are not. Therefore, during the month of August, our authentically non-air-conditioned historic sites will be closed for tours and our offices will be closed from August 4 to August 15.  Enjoy the dog days of summer and watch for a full list of fall programs on this website.

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  • The Jersey Tomato

    Everyone loves the Jersey Tomato! Discover where the tomato originated and why it became one of New Jersey’s favorite crops. Find out when New Jersey was known for its tomato packing industry and what happened to it. Did you know that tomatoes were considered poisonous at one time and it was a New Jerseyean who decided to prove everyone wrong? Hear about heirloom varieties and modern hybrids and the folklore attached to this fruit Program is led by Judith Krall-Russo, Food Historian. After the program, visitors are welcome to visit the Montclair Community Farm and see the variety of produce growing on the farm! Black-H-with-HSB-text

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  • Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!

    Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!

    The Montclair Historical Society is offering a 6-week educational series for homeschool children, ages 6-10, using a combination of presentation, and discussion of artifacts and the history of Montclair. Discussion is followed by a craft associated with our rich history. The goal of our 6-week session is to expose children to history in a fun way by using crafting as a conversation starter. Children will spend one week on each topic and craft activity, class time is one hour. Cost for the entire program series is $60 per child. Cost for individual session sign up is $15 per class. Program is held on the first and third Thursday of each month, October through December, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ.

    To register for the full series visit our online registration form. For individual class registration please call 973- 744- 1796 or send a note to mail@montclairhistorical.org.

    Week 1: Create a Quilt Patch!

    Discussion: Why would you make a quilt in the 1800s? Hobby, decoration, a necessity? Let’s find out. Activity: Finishing a quilt patch to bring home.

    Week: 2: Life before video games

    Discussion: What were children playing with from the 1800s to early 1900s? Home made toys! Display of antique toys, games, dolls, etc. Activity: Let’s make our own toy with a clothespin and cornhusk. Historic games and toys will also be available to play with.

    Week 3: Let there be light

    Discussion: How would you see before electricity? Kids will talk about different ways to light a home. Introducing the idea of tin punching to create unique light displays. Real tin punch artifacts will be displayed. Activity: We will first create the design they want on construction paper and then punch the design into a pie tin. Kids will go home with a candle votive to test out their tin punching!

    Week 4: A hard days work

    Discussion: Kids will learn children’s chores in an 1800s kitchen, one of which would be churning butter. A large butter churn will be on display and for demonstration. Activity: Kids will learn how you would cook over a real fire and churn their own butter the old fashioned way.

    Week 5: Soap-making

    Discussion: Explain the process of cooking with a brick oven and learn one reason why we would save the ash from fire. Activity: Creating our own bath soaps (made from salt and baking soda). Kids will take home their soaps to dry overnight and can then enjoy!

    Week 6: Farm to table

    Discussion: Kids will learn why it was important to grow your own food and raise your own livestock and the importance of these animals on a farm. Activity: Food demonstration with fresh fruits and vegetables and a visit with our hens!

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  • Signs of the Past and Their Stories

    Signs of the Past and Their Stories

    Philip Jaeger presents Signs of the Past and Their Stories
    The program depicts signs of the past that still exist, though some have been hidden by modern day life. Some of these traces of the past date as far back as the 1800s. Written signs that have faded over time because of their exposure to the weather, but are still discernible, are sometimes called “ghost signs.” Originally they served as advertisements for a variety of products and services. Also included in the program are buildings and other relics that were changed or revealed when modern-day projects disturbed their resting place resulting in a new glimpse into the past.  Program begins at 2 PM at 108 orange Road in the lower level of the Israel Crane House.

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Director’s Blog

MCFC Produce Available for Sale!

Montclair Community Farms Coalition Our Mission: Montclair Community Farms Coalition (MCFC) consists of local organizations committed to providing community farm sites to engage the community in farming, food, agricultural and nutrition education. These local community farms are hands-on resources to create a healthy food environment to support healthy food and lifestyle choices. Food grown on … Read More

Restoration Fair!

Our first Restoration Fair takes place Saturday, June 21 on the grounds of the Israel Crane House, 108 Orange Road, from 10 to 4 pm. We have about a dozen vendors who will be on hand to speak with you about your restoration project. These folks can help you design your project, execute it, fixed your stained glass windows, make your antique windows more energy efficient, help with landscape … Read More

1930 Census

And while we are in search mode: Looking for YWCA boarders

Many people have come forward to provide their recollections about their experiences at the YWCA, when it was located in the Crane House.  We still have been unable to find women who lived there.  If you know the whereabouts of any of the following people who were listed on either the 1930 and 1940 census, we'd love to hear from them. 1930:  Henrietta Delagal, Florence Lars, Lucille Bainwell, … Read More


A search for two Montclair Veterans

We're asking for your help in solving a small mystery that involves two veterans of the first or second World War.  Mr. C. Bedford and Mr. D. Kelly. The mystery began about a month and a half ago, when we received a letter from Mr. Clifford Lindholm III, a former Montclair resident who now lives in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Lindholm wrote: “In going through an old file, I came upon the enclosed … Read More