Upcoming Events

  • Historic House Tours

    Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road. 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. Carolina Capehart will demonstrate historic cooking on the hearth this day. Open from 1 to 4 pm. Free will donation. Free admission for members!

    The Shultz House (Evergreens) will be closed for the season, reopening Spring 2015.

    Having been 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 – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-charles-shultz-house-2/#sthash.aVdUGsWY.dpuf
    Having been 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 – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-charles-shultz-house-2/#sthash.aVdUGsWY.dpuBoth 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!
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  • 2nd Sunday Family FunDay: Make a Victorian Valentine

    FREE family fun at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Make a Victorian Valentine and other activities designed to introduce children to history in a fun and interactive way.  Docents will take kids on a scavenger hunt for the hidden heart designs on our artifacts in each room of the house. Take our Many Voices for older kids and adults at 2 or 3 pm.

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  • Historic House Tours

    Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road. 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. Family tours will be held from 1 to 4 pm,  take our Many Voices tour for older kids and adults at 2 or 3 pm.  Free will donation. Free admission for members!

    The Shultz House (Evergreens) will be closed for the season, reopening Spring 2015.

    Having been 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 – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-charles-shultz-house-2/#sthash.aVdUGsWY.dpuf
    Having been 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 – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-charles-shultz-house-2/#sthash.aVdUGsWY.dpuBoth 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!
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  • Historic House Tours

    Step back through over 200 years of American history at our historic properties at 108 Orange Road. 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.Carolina Capehart will demonstrate historic cooking on the hearth this day. Open from 1 to 4 pm. Free will donation. Free admission for members!

    The Shultz House (Evergreens) will be closed for the season, reopening Spring 2015.

    Having been 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 – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-charles-shultz-house-2/#sthash.aVdUGsWY.dpuf
    Having been 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 – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/events/historic-house-tours-charles-shultz-house-2/#sthash.aVdUGsWY.dpuBoth 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!
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Director’s Blog

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What’s in our time capsule?

You've probably read about the time capsule opened in Boston today.  If you missed the news, Paul Revere and Sam Adams placed it in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in 1795.  That's the year before Israel Crane laid the foundation for HIS house in Montclair. Paul and Sam put in the capsule a few coins, newspapers, a sterling silver plaque (most likely inscribed by Paul), and a … Read More

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