Upcoming Events

  • Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!

    Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!

    By popular demand, we’ve started a second class.  Call 973-744-1796 or email Angelica Diggs, Manager of Audience Engagement at angelica@montclairhistorical.org for registration details.

    We’re offering a second session of the 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

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  • Thanksgiving Closures: November 26 through November 30

    The Montclair Historical Society offices and museums will be closed Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30  in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will reopen to regular hours on Tuesday, December 2.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Essex County Holiday House Tours

    We’re part of the Essex County Holiday House Tours this weekend.  Make a day of it, and visit many historic houses in Essex County decorated for the holiday season. See the houses bedecked in their holiday finery. Special tours incorporate the holiday traditions as well as the stories of the houses and the people who lived there. Begin at the Nathaniel Crane house where the less “foppery” reigned, then see the Crane House  and Historic YWCA decorated by the Garden Club of Montclair spanning decorations from 1796 to 1965. Stop in the exterior kitchen where food historian Carolina Capehart demonstrates 1800s hearth cooking on a real fire. Then visit the Charles Shultz House featuring Molly Shultz’s own collection on Christmas decorations and antique toys and children’s books.

    Self-guided tours of the historic houses.  110 Orange Road or 30 North Mountain Avenue.  Free will donation. Admission is free for Montclair Historical Society members. Open Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, from 1 to 4 PM.

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  • History of the Upper Montclair Business District Slide Show

    History of the Upper Montclair Business District (circa 1880-1930s) Slide Show, 3-5 PM, Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue.  Based on their popular annual walking tour of the area, co-creators Lisanne Renner/Historian, Friends of Anderson Park and Helen Fallon/Trustee, Montclair Historical Society will present the slide show as part of the Bellevue Avenue Library’s Centennial Celebration programming. It is a free event.

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Director’s Blog

This Sunday I’ll Cook Up the Past. Stop by!

This Sunday, like millions of others across the country, I'm going to begin making Thanksgiving dinner.  This year, however, I decided to take advantage of our working hearth fireplace and try my hand at cornbread and cranberry sauce done the really old-fashioned way. Several years ago, when I was first recruited as a kitchen docent at the Montclair Historical Society, I discovered that cooking … Read More

In Memoriam: Clement Price

We join with others in sadness over the passing of Clement Price, a noted historian, author, and Rutgers University-Newark Professor. Dr. Price moderated our first community charrette and served on our Scholars Advisory Board more than three years ago when we first began the YWCA project. He was the epitome of a "gentleman and a scholar" and his presence will be sorely missed in both the history … Read More

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A Vote for History

On November 4, one of the questions on the ballot asks you to approve the dedication of state funds for historic, open space, and farmland preservation.  Some of these funds will be directed to the New Jersey Historic Trust, which recently provided the Montclair Historical Society with funds to underwrite the cost of the Preservation Plan for the Israel Crane House and Historic YWCA. According … Read More

Local chef takes on hearth cooking and more!

Every see the reality TV shows when they challenge a chef to make something with unusual ingredients or in an unusual way? Chef Kwame of Montclair's new Vital Restaurant will be trying his hand at cooking over the hearth this Sunday.  His food at the restaurant is delicious, but he's never cooked in a place quite like our old kitchen.  Should be quite and experience for him -- and us! And … Read More