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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

A Trip through Edwardian England

During the Blizzard of 2016, while many people binge-watched Making of a Murderer, Orange is the New Black, or House of Cards, I binge-read the journal of Emily Shultz, daughter of Charles Shultz, who built the house at 30 North Mountain Avenue. Written in 1906, and spanning about two months, the journal recalls a different, slower way of seeing the world. Emily and her friend Sarah traveled to … Read More