Montclair History Center

108 Orange Road
973-744-1796

Mission: The mission of the Montclair Historical Society is to PRESERVE, EDUCATE, and SHARE. We PRESERVE our local history through our historical buildings, artifacts and documents. We EDUCATE the community on local history and its importance through programs, advocacy and exhibits. We SHARE the stories and history of the various persons and groups that have and continue to shape Montclair.  Adopted February 2012.

The mission of the Montclair Historical Society is to PRESERVE, EDUCATE, and SHARE. We PRESERVE our local history through our historical buildings, artifacts and documents. We EDUCATE the community on local history and its importance through programs, advocacy and exhibits. We SHARE the stories and history of the various persons and groups that have and continue to shape Montclair.  Adopted February 2012.
The mission of the Montclair Historical Society is to PRESERVE, EDUCATE, and SHARE. We PRESERVE our local history through our historical buildings, artifacts and documents. We EDUCATE the community on local history and its importance through programs, advocacy and exhibits. We SHARE the stories and history of the various persons and groups that have and continue to shape Montclair.  Adopted February 2012.


About Us:

The Montclair Historical Society (MHS), a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, promotes preservation, study and appreciation of local history. MHS was originally founded in 1965 to save the Israel Crane House, a Federal Revival style landmark home built by a local entrepreneur in 1796. It was relocated from Glen Ridge Avenue to its current location on Orange Road. Located next to the Israel Crane house's new location is the Nathaniel Crane House. Built about 1818, it was donated to MHS in 1973 and together, the two Crane Houses served the public as a historic house museum, museum shop and space for demonstrations, lectures and classes interpreting our area's past.

In 1984, MHS purchased the Clark House, located at 108 Orange Road, adjacent to the two Crane houses. The house, built in 1896, expanded the institution's ability to service the public by creating the Terhune Research Library and administrative offices. Since its inception, the Library has been a valuable resource for scholars, historians, local teachers and homeowners wishing to know more about their home (often to aide in restoration efforts and thus preserving historic districts). In 1997 the historic home on North Mountain Avenue of successful Montclair banker Charles Shultz, was donated to MHS by his granddaughter Molly Shultz. Known as Evergreens, the house has been virtually unaltered for 100 years and holds an important collection that reflects Charles Shultz's keen personal interest in science, the arts and world travel. This estate represents an important addition to the Society's collection of properties and historical education program.

Upcoming Events at Montclair History Center

Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Rosedale Cemetery Walking Tour

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
408 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Breakfast on the Hearth

Friday, Nov 8, 2019 from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Crane House and Historic YWCA
Montclair, NJ
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Hometown Historic Bus Tour

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Tours of the Historic Houses

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Train Talk: Montclair's Many Train Stations

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Candlelight Tour

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 at 7:00pm
Crane House and Historic YWCA
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA

Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 at 1:00pm
Crane House and Historic YWCA
Montclair, NJ
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Midweek Museum Tours

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
110 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ
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Recent News

Farm Camp At The Montclair History Center

The Montclair Community Farms, Montclair History Center, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H partner each year to host a fun, nature and history filled camp for youth to learn about our past, and where our food comes from. For details on camp…

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Community Gardens and Public Workshop Series Announced for 2019

Montclair, NJ - With generous funding from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN), the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services, HOMECorp, and Montclair Community Farms are offering ways to community garden and public workshops…

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Montclair History Center News: February 2019

Build Montclair in Legos(R)Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm and 5 pm The every popular program returns this year. Held in partnership with the Montclair Art Museum and Building Blocks Workshop, families choose a Montclair landmark and recreate it with…

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Montclair History Center is Hiring for Part-time Manager of Audience Engagement

Job Opening We are currently seeking a Part-time Manager of Audience Engagement with a minimum of a BA in Museum Studies, Public History, or relevant field plus 3 years experience or a MA degree in Museum Studies, Public History or a relevant field…

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Montclair History Center - Get in the Spirit

Several more opportunities to see our holiday homes all spiffed up for the holidays. The Garden Club of Montclair has outdone themselves at the Crane House and Historic YWCA. See how holiday decorations have evolved over the last 200…

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Engaging and Supporting the Community Through Farming, Food and Health: Reasons to Donate to our Holiday Matching Grant Campaign

Montclair, NJ - “You bring such joy, not just to me, but to all of US ,” said senior Grange Lady Haig Rutan, one of our weekly senior shoppers at Montclair Community Farms (MCF) mobile farm stand. Every week, the MCF mobile farm…

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Engaging and Supporting the Community Through Farming, Food and Health: Reasons to Donate to Our Holiday Matching Grant Campaign

Montclair, NJ - “You bring such joy, not just to me, but to all of US ,” said senior Grange Lady Haig Rutan, one of our weekly senior shoppers at Montclair Community Farms (MCF) mobile farm stand. Every week, the MCF mobile farm stand…

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Our Heirloom Bulb Sale Returns. Just Like Daffodils Each Spring.

This year we have 10 varieties of heirloom bulbs for you to choose from -- the top sellers from last year, plus a couple of new ones, too! All varieties you can't find at your local garden center or hardware store.We also have two medleys this year:…

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New Self-Guided Tours of Montclair!

We're excited to announce the Montclair History Center has six self guided walking tours that you can enjoy on your own time and at your own pace. The walking tours are available as downloadable PDFs on our website: www.montclairhistory.org. You can…

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Montclair History Center News: August 2018

Time to Research in our ArchivesCall for an appointment   Although our historic houses are on hiatus during August, you can visit the History Center to do some research on Montclair's past or your ancestry. Call 973-744-1796 to set up an…

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New Walking Tour Booklet Highlights Montclair’s History

Montclair, NJ – A new self-guided walking and biking tour booklet that highlights some of Montclair’s historic districts is now available through the Montclair History Center. The booklet includes six self-guided tours, five of which are…

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Montclair Community Farms Stand Schedule 2018

Montclair, NJ - The Montclair Community Farms (MCF) mobile farm stand embarks on its third season of selling produce at affordable prices to Montclair seniors and residents.  MCF operates two primary microfarm sites – one behind the…

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2018 Farm Camp: Early Bird Registration

Montclair, NJ -- The Montclair Community Farms, Montclair History Center, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H still have space in the below farm camp weeks. Scholarships available for families in need can be discussed with staff. Camps begin at 9…

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Dorothy’s Community Garden

Montclair, NJ- Through financial assistance provided by Partners for Health Foundation and many volunteers including the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Dorothy’s Community Garden (9 Miller Street, Montclair) has expanded to 12 garden plots…

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Montclair History Center News - March 16, 2018

The Montclair History Centerwelcomes graduating high school seniors to apply for theHortense Tate ScholarshipFor over 50 years, education has been a critical component of the Montclair History Center’s mission—embodied in its local…

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Farm Camp Early Bird Registration at the Montclair History Center

Montclair, NJ -- On Saturday, March 10 from 10 am to 12 pm visit the Montclair Community Farms at the Montclair History Center to register early for summer Farm Camp. The Montclair Community Farms, Montclair History Center, and Rutgers Cooperative…

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Montclair History Center’s Many Voices of Montclair Oral History Project

MONTCLAIR, NJ: In honor of the 150th anniversary of Montclair, the Montclair History Center is excited to announce the Many Voices of Montclair oral history project. Thanks to funding from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner…

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Montclair History Center News - History is Messy

A couple of months ago, two women of different races came together to the Crane House and Historic YWCA.  Although they’d graduated Montclair High School in the same year, their experiences were different. When we finished listening to…

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Give and Receive a Signed Copy of Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

Montclair, NJ -- Donate before December 31 and receive a signed copy of Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus, the perfect gift this holiday season. Author Trina Paulus is a Montclair resident who each year comes to share and educate youth at Farm…

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Montclair Community Farms Participating in the Partners for Health Foundation Holiday Matching Grants Program

Montclalr, NJ -- Montclair Community Farms will be participating in the Partners for Health Foundation holiday matching grants program. Each week in November donors will have opportunities to receive locally made honey, enter to win a free…

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Montclair History Center Awarded Grant by Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for Heritage Tourism

Montclair, NJ - The Montclair History Center has received a $5,000 grant from the Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for Heritage Tourism for wayfinding and interpretive signage on its Orange Road campus. The new signage will help direct…

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Tango Through Time: Capturing Montclair History Through the Art Of Vincent Tango

Montclair, NJ–The Montclair History Center will exhibit printsby Montclair artist Vincent Tango (Montclair High School Class of 1962), renowned for his iconic images of Montclair, with a special emphasis on Montclair High School athletics,…

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Montclair Historical Society Summer Newsletter - Aug 13, 2013

Click here to view the Montclair Historical Society Summer Newsletter - Aug…

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