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Montclair History Center

110 Orange Road
973-744-1796

Mission: The mission of the Montclair History Center 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 History Center (MHC), a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, promotes preservation, study and appreciation of local history. The Montclair History Center 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 the Montclair History Center in 1973 by the Sampson family. Together, the two Crane Houses serve the public as a historic house museum, museum shop and space for demonstrations, lectures and classes interpreting our area’s past. In 2014, the scope of interpretation for the Crane House was expanded to include the period in the 20th century when it served as a YWCA for African American women and girls.

In 1984, MHC 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).

Upcoming Events at Montclair History Center

Recent News

Montclair History Center : Slip On Your Sneakers For A Stroll Of South Mountain

Join us this Saturday for a Guided Walking Tour of South Mountain Avenue Guided Walking Tour Of South Mountain Ave Saturday, September 24, 10 am to 12 pm A stroll along South Mountain is like walking through a dictionary of residential…

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Montclair History Center - Heirloom Bulb Sale Orders Due September 20, 2022

FALL HEIRLOOM BULB FUNDRAISER Orders Due this Tuesday, September 20. With a nod to our Dutch "Speertown" roots, we’ve got heirloom bulbs for your garden! These are the varieties you may have found in Montclair gardens back when our…

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Angelica Diggs Now Leads The Montclair History Center

Does the name Angelica Diggs ring a bell? Angelica was on staff at the Montclair History Center from 2012-2019 and has returned to lead the organization as our new Executive Director. The MHC Board of Trustees and staff are delighted!…

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Tickets Still Available For Watchung Plaza Tour This Weekend

Guided Walking Tour: Watchung Plaza Saturday, August 27TH From 10 AM - 12 PM Tickets are still available for our guided walking tour! In the early days of Montclair’s settlement, Watchung Avenue divided the Dutch farmlands of Speertown…

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Montclair History Center - Our Heirloom Bulb Sale returns!

Our fall sale has begun! Now through September 20. With a nod to our Dutch "Speertown" roots, we’ve got heirloom bulbs for your garden! These are the varieties you may have found in Montclair gardens back when our houses were newly built,…

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A New Chapter at the Montclair History Center as Executive Director Jane Eliasof Steps Down

The Montclair History Center announces that Executive Director Jane Eliasof has taken a new position outside the museum world and will be stepping down at the end of May, 2022. When Jane began volunteering with us in 2008 it was clear that she…

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Montclair History Center - Herb Sale Clearance Is Underway

Thanks to two solid days of rain, we have more plants than we usually do at the end of our sale. We're knocking down our prices in order to move the remaining stock into happy gardens. You can ORDER ONLINE HERE and we'll place your complete…

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Montclair History Center Happenings - March 2022

Happy almost Spring! Each year the start of Spring is like a new beginning as crocuses pop up, birds chirp each morning, and trees begin to get that shade of bright green. This year, with mask mandates lifting, it feels even more so. We, too,…

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Register Today for our Annual Price of Liberty Series: A Programabout Social Justice

Price of Liberty Film/Discussion Series Returns in March Join us as we delve into the documentary "13th" A FREE Three-Part Program on Social Justice ???????Tuesday evenings on Zoom March 1st, 15th, and 29th 7:00 - 8:30 PM …

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Montclair History Center : Farm Camp opens Tuesday 2/15 at noon

FARM CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS AT NOON ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER. -NEW! SPRING BREAK WEEK April 18th - 22nd Ages: 6-11. Must be turning age 6 or will have completed a year of kindergarten by…

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History at Home Programs Through May 2022!

HISTORY AT HOME CONTINUES! Here's our line-up for our free Zoom history programs through the end of May. Hope you'll join us. Zoom link below. Miss any? You can find them on our YouTube channel. THE GILBRETH FAMILY Thursday, January 27 at Noon…

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Montclair History Center Happenings for December 2021

When to Visit the Crane House and Historic YWCA In addition to the programs listed below, you can drop in to see the Crane House and Historic YWCA (and its beautiful decorations) at any of the following dates and times. Come and be inspired by the…

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Shultz House: Online Auction of Estate Treasures is Next Wednesday

We’re excited to spread the word that next Wednesday, November 17, starting at 10 am, Nye & Company will host an online auction of The Charles S. Shultz Collection. The Estate Treasures auction includes the scientific and travel library…

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Looking For A Unique Holiday Gift?

Shop with the Montclair History Center Rumor has it we need to shop early for the holidays thanks to supply chain challenges, short supplies, and short staffs. Here are three ways you can shop early, shop local, AND support a non-profit…

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Montclair History Center News - July 15, 2021

THE SHULTZ FAMILY AND HOUSE THIS WEEK'S HISTORY AT HOME THURSDAY, JULY 15 AT NOON AND 7 PM A FREE ZOOM PROGRAM Want to know more about Evergreens and the people who lived there? Executive Director Jane Eliasof shares the history of the…

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History at Home: Architectural Gems from Scientifican American

MONTCLAIR HOMES IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: THE SEQUEL THURSDAY, MAY 27 AT NOON AND 7 PM A FREE ZOOM PROGRAM Last year, Trustee Debra David shared some of the Montclair homes featured in Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition, talking…

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The Herb Sale Continues...

NOTHING SAYS SUMMER LIKE FRESH TOMATOES AND BASIL! Beautiful Herbs and Heirloom Veggies Two days left (unless we sell out today) We're into Day 3 of the Herb and Heirloom Veggie Sale and we still have plenty of plants that will look beautiful in…

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The Annual Herb And Heirloom Veggie Sale!

HERBS: There are 8+ varieties of basil, and oh so much more! We have all the essentials for your herb (dill, parsley, rosemary, cilantro...), but we also have herbs and varieties you can't find in many other places (lovage, salad burnett, pineapple…

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Montclair History Center Programs for April 2021

YES, YOU CAN VISIT THE CRANE HOUSE AND HISTORIC YWCA, AGAIN! As we cautiously reopen, you are welcome to schedule a private tour of the Crane House & Historic YWCA. Choose from our Family Tour, our Many Voices Tour, or our Eyewitness to Black…

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Montclair History Center : Farm Camp Is Back For 2021

After last year's hiatus, we're excited to be offering Farm Camp this summer. To make sure everyone is safe, the Montclair History Center, Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H, and the Montclair Community Farms will be limiting the number of campers to…

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Montclair History Center - Before the year ticks away

Tick. Tick. Tick. As 2020 thankfully draws to a close, please consider including the Montclair History Center on your end-of-year donation list. Your gift helps us continue to offer our free virtual programs, keep our historic collections…

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Montclair History Center News - End of Year Wrap-Up

AS WE END THIS NEVER-ENDING YEAR Although it was not the year we had been planning for, we are grateful we were able to stay connected to everyone virtually and/or safely in-person. We've found ways to keep our mission alive even when our museum…

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Honored. Excited. Need Your Vote!

We've been nominated for the 2020 USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice Travel Award for the "Best Holiday Home Tour!" Please help us win! VOTE FOR THE CRANE HOUSE AND HISTORIC YWCA HERE! We're thrilled to announce the Crane House and Historic…

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Special Election Week History at Home: The League of Women Voters

HISTORY AT HOME: MONTCLAIR'S EQUAL SUFFRAGE LEAGUE AND THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS After organizing leagues across the country to fight successfully for the right to vote, women across the country (Montclair included) changed their mission and…

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