Upcoming Events

  • Chairs of Inclusion

    Chairs of Inclusion

    The Montclair Historical Society is pleased to host a chair from The Artshare Project titled “Ascend” and a painting from Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern titled “Dialogue of Four Chairs: Water.”  The chair and painting will be on display at the Charles Shultz House on 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Visitors may view

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  • 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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  • Mills Reservation Hike

    Mills Reservation Hike

    Hiking Tour of Mills Reservation co-sponsored by the Montclair Environmental Commission, Bike&Walk Montclair, and the Montclair Historical Society. A fall hike through Mills Reservation highlighting plants and trees as well as the history of this Essex County park site. Suggested $5 donation. Tour will start at Normal Avenue entrance. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Click here to register for the Mills Reservation Hike http://bikewalkmontclair.org/bike-edu/learn-to-ride-classes/. For questions email liz.brady13@gmail.com



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  • Historic House Tours

    Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road and 30 North Mountain Avenue. While at the Orange Road site, visit the newly reinterpreted Crane House to reflect the YWCA period from 1920-1965,  check out the farm and meet the chickens. At 30 North Mountain visit the 1896 Charles Shultz House,  home to three successive generations of the Shultz family, the house is a near perfect time capsule, representing an accurate record of late nineteenth century Montclairion society. Both sites are open from 1 to 4 pm. Admission: $8 per adult, $5 per senior, and $5 per child for both properties, same day admission. Family rate (1 or 2 adults and up to 3 children): $25. Free admission for members!

    Chairs of Inclusion

    The Montclair Historical Society is please to host one chair from The Artshare project – a collaborative group,  entitled “Ascend,’ and one painting from Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern which is entitled:”Dialogue of Four Chairs: Water.” The exhibit will be held at the Charles Shultz House on 30 North Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Visitors may view the exhibit on public tour dates: September 21, October 12 & 26, from 1 to 4 pm. Admission to the exhibit and first level of the Charles Shultz House is free. Admission fees apply for a docent tour of the entire museum.

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Director’s Blog

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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

Senator Nia Gill at opening ceremony

Reflections on the reopening

On Sunday, October 5, we unveiled the new Crane House and Historic YWCA interpretation.  Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, State Senator Nia Gill, Robin Foster from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson all spoke at the opening ceremony. Then women who were part of the YWCA -- including Senator Gill -- cut the ribbon and more than 200 people toured the house. It … Read More


A House of a Different Color

As a historical society, we don't mess with tradition lightly.  Change is usually slow, and preceded by extensive research and analysis.  The new color of the Crane House and Historic YWCA is no different. We conducted an analysis of the historic paint finishes on the house in 2013 as part of a larger Preservation Plan that was funded by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund, … Read More