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Hortense Tate’s Ideals Live On

Congratulations to Sebastian Rodriguez Vars, who was recently received the 2016 Hortense Tate Scholarship Award at the Montclair High School's Awards Night. His essay, chosen from many solid choices, talks about the profound effect the magnet system has had on his life. With her strong belief in the value of education, Hortense Tate would have loved it too. Around the same time we presented the … Read More

Discovering Black History through Primary and Secondary Sources

Grades 5 – 12. This two-hour program uses primary and secondary source documents within the museum and research library, spanning 200 years of the Black experience in Montclair and New Jersey. Beginning with the bill of sale of an enslaved person in the household, to the impact of the first railroad in Montclair and the Great Migration, and first-hand accounts of women from the segregated YWCA, … Read More

Montclair High School Students Discover Black History at Crane House and Historic Y

After a group of Montclair High School students visited the Crane House and Historic YWCA, District Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor Davida Harewood wrote up her thoughts on the experience and published it the Montclair High School website. On their visit, the students used primary and secondary documents to discover African American history in our community and throughout the U.S.  As Davida … Read More

Volunteers: Following in Bradford’s Footsteps

This week, President Barak Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation establishing April 10 through April 16, 2016 as National Volunteer Week. Thank you, volunteers, from the bottom of our hearts. Montclair has a rich history of volunteerism that was aptly summed up by the Reverend Amory Howe Bradford in 1906, at a dinner in his honor. Bradford, who served as the minister of Montclair’s First … Read More