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 them 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.

    Chairs of Inclusion

    In honor of the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s Wae Center, a large scale collaborative art project is currently underway. The Wae Center is an expressive arts learning center for adults with developmental disabilities.

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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.

    Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!: 

    The Montclair Historical Society is 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 craft activity, class time is one hour. Cost for the entire program series is $60 per child. Class will be held on October 10 & 24, November 7 & 21, and December 5 & 19 through, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ.

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  • Grand Reopening of the Crane House and Historic YWCA

    Grand Reopening of the Crane House and Historic YWCA

    Join us on Sunday, October 5 from 1 to 4 pm as we reopen the Crane House and Historic YWCA.  At the “new” old house, you’ll hear the echoes of the people who lived there, worked there, learned there, and danced there.  These are “voices” we are capturing in our new “Many Voices” tour, which will be offered most Sundays from 1 to 4 pm through December. The stories that they encapsulate include stories about Israel Crane’s role in the development of Montclair, the heartache of loving and losing a young son in the 19th century, the pride of the women who moved north as part of the 20th century Great Migration to find work, and the often untold tales of de facto segregation right in our own community.

    We’re embarking on something new and exciting in the Crane House and Historic YWCA, and we hope you stop by to share in the excitement.

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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 celebrate the ghosts and goblins that come with Halloween, we’ll host special ghost tours, complete with real-life spine-tinglers.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 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

System Maintenance

MHS offices will be undergoing system maintenance of all staff email. During September 12, 2014 through September 15, 2014 emails sent to mail@montclairhistorical.org may not be received. To reach our offices please contact staff at 973-744-1796 and we will return your call. For current program and event information visit the Things To Do section of our website. Thank you for your patience during … Read More

A Blank Slate?

There's something about a blank slate that gets the creative juices flowing. When we emptied the Crane House rooms for the painters this summer, the rooms that had been always been "the front parlor" and the "warming kitchen" began to take on new personalities, new possibilities. Although the planning has been in the works for the last three years, the painting made it begin to come to life, a … Read More

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The transformation is underway

After years of research and planning, the transformation of the "Israel Crane House" to the "Israel Crane House and Historic YWCA" is underway. New electric has been added, the rooms on the first floor are being painted, and the reinterpretation is being readied. Get ready for a brand new experience when you visit this fall.  Mark your calendar for the Grand Reopening on October 5 from 1 to 4 … Read More