Upcoming Events

  • 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.

    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. Ten life sized chairs are being commissioned from professional artists, each of whom is working with the Center’s member artists to create a chair as an art/sculpture object.  The chairs represent our commitment/belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in our community and our family lives.

    These chairs underscore the abilities of people with disabilities to make meaningful contributions in every aspect of life. All Wae Center activities are dedicated to finding those abilities and nurturing that spark within.  The project affords the members the opportunity to make a public statement about their own passions and the importance of inclusion.

    The goal of the project is to shift perceptions about people with developmental disabilities and broaden and grow the public’s awareness of policies about inclusion.

    Ultimately, these chairs will travel as a group or individually and will be exhibited at a variety of venues, including museums, libraries, schools, houses of worship, etc. They are testimony to the talents that oftentimes lay hidden in people with special needs.

    A short film is being made about the project, and a short clip capturing the work thus far can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/JSDDsWAECenter

    More information about the project, the upcoming exhibits and the participating artists can be found at www.chairsofinclusion.org

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  • Historic House Tours: Charles Shultz House

    Step back through 100 years of history and visit the 1896 Charles Shultz House at 30 North Mountain Avenue. 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. Unlike other examples of late nineteenth century residences in Montclair, Evergreens retains nearly all of its original architectural detail, furnishings, and mechanical systems. Admission is $8/adult; $5/child and senior; $25/family. Private tours are also available by appointment. 973-744-1796 or mail@montclairhistorical.org

    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.

    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. Unlike other examples of late nineteenth century residences in Montclair, Evergreens retains nearly all of its original architectural detail, furnishings, and mechanical systems. – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/charles-shultz-house/history/#sthash.ARnf9XST.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. Unlike other examples of late nineteenth century residences in Montclair, Evergreens retains nearly all of its original architectural detail, furnishings, and mechanical systems. – See more at: http://montclairhistorical.org/charles-shultz-house/history/#sthash.ARnf9XST.dpuf
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  • Crane Park Festival

    Come visit the Montclair Historical Society at this year’s Crane Park Festival. The Festival will take place on September 27th from 10am-4pm in Crane Park near Glenridge Ave & Lackawanna Plaza.

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  • Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!

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    Homeschool Program Series: Craft Your Way Through History!: 

    The Montclair Historical Society is offering a 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. Cost for individual session sign up is $15 per class. Program is held on the first and third Thursday of each month, October through December, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ.

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Director’s Blog

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

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What’s the history of “Dog Days?”

We all know what the dog days of summer feel like.  So hot you don't want to leave the air conditioning.  So hot it saps your energy. So hot that even if you are lucky enough to be down the shore, the journey to the water promises to yield scalded feet. But where does the term "the dog days of summer" come from?  According to weather.com, it dates back further than you might think.  All the way … Read More