Lackawanna Terminal : iconic railway station of Montclair
Jul
6
7:00 pm19:00

Lackawanna Terminal : iconic railway station of Montclair

Kathleen Bennett, chairperson of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, will explore the history and legacy of the Lackawanna Railway Terminal of Montclair. Constructed in 1912, it opened to great celebration and served the commuters of the township for over seventy years. Learn about its auspicious beginnings and what the future holds for this historic site. Suggested donation $5. Founders Rooms of the Crane House & Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair. 

The Magical History Bike Tour
Jul
15
7:45 am07:45

The Magical History Bike Tour

  • Crane House & Historic YWCA

Roll up! The Magical History Bike Tour is coming on Saturday, July 15! Away to times long ago when Crane was the name and mills, quarries, and dairies were the game. Bike&Walk Montclair has partnered with the Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens to bring you this special tour of our town – by bike. On Saturday, July 15, the tour will begin and end at the Israel Crane House at 110 Orange Road and have brief guided discussions at places like historic Anderson Park, Presby Gardens, Montclair’s “Little Italy”, Avis Campbell Garden and a private Trustee’s Tour of the Israel Crane House. Bring some cash and a back pack for surprise bakery and market stops. Saturday, July 15, 2015, Start 7:45am, Israel Crane House, 110 Orange Rd., 07042. This 10-12 mile Magical History Bike Tour is being offered by volunteers and is free of charge. However, a donation of $10 per person to benefit the Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is strongly encouraged. Bike&Walk Montclair, Montclair History Center, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens rely on your membership to function. Please become a member of these indispensable community organizations today. For more details about this or any other guided bike tour seewww.bikewalkmontclair.org or contact Deb Kagan, Board Member, info@bikewalkmontclair.org

Tours of the Historic Houses
Jul
16
1:00 pm13:00

Tours of the Historic Houses

  • Crane House & Historic YWCA

Get to know ALL of the Montclair History Center’s historic houses in one afternoon! Discover the people whose “many voices” and life stories shaped our community, and travel through the ages with the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Hear about the evolution of our young country from New Jersey’s point of view, and learn of a unique story set during a time when the nation was embroiled in the Civil Rights. Visit our community farm to learn more about our agricultural past, and don’t forget to say hello to our happy brood of chickens! Your visit then continues to the elegant Shultz House, an amazing, fully-intact time capsule that takes you away to life in the early 20th century. A home chock full of original character, visitors can linger in a classic library full of vintage science instruments, admire Delft handiwork imported from the Netherlands, and marvel at the beautifully crafted woodwork. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. Tours of the Shultz House are on the half hour, last tour 3:30 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Member get in free! 30 North Mountain Avenue and 110 Orange Road, Montclair.


Annual Meeting
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

Annual Meeting

The Montclair History Center's Annual Meeting will be held in the Founder's Room of the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Refreshments will be served from 7:00; the meeting begins at 7:30. Come and hear all about the past year and plans for the future with a special presentation by Executive Director Jane Eliasof.

Come Build Montclair in Legos
Mar
19
2:00 pm14:00

Come Build Montclair in Legos

  • Montclair Art Museum

Come Build Montclair in Legos

Work with architect Stephen W. Schwartz of Building Blocks Workshops to visualize Montclair as you’ve never seen it before. With over 60,000 LEGO™ building blocks at their disposal, families select a photograph of a Montclair building to turn into a LEGO™ model. These models are then placed on a 30 x 20 foot map of Montclair. Suitable for families with children ages 5 – 14. Maximum four persons per group, with at least one adult per group. Space is limited to 50 families for the two-hour event, and a parent or adult must accompany children.  This event takes place at the Montclair Art Museum on South Mountain Avenue. Tickets available atwww.montclairartmuseum.org. This program is co-presented by the Montclair History Center and the Montclair Art Museum in conjunction with Building Blocks Workshops. This Building Blocks Workshop is designed by Stephen W. Schwartz, AIA Architect of SWS Architects of Livingston, NJ. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group.

Family FUNday: Crafts of Our Past
Mar
19
1:00 pm13:00

Family FUNday: Crafts of Our Past

  • Crane House & Historic YWCA

Family FUNday: Crafts of Our Past

At this month’s Family FUNday, kids can create a tin-punched candleholder, corn husk creatures, and a woven potholder. They try their hands at writing with a quill pen and serve as “sous chefs” in the hearth kitchen. Busy hands needed to grind spices in the hearth! Tours are self-guided this day. Admission is $10/family. Family membership gets in free! 

Members Only: Montclair Becomes a Wealthy Suburb
Mar
19
12:30 pm12:30

Members Only: Montclair Becomes a Wealthy Suburb

  • Crane House & Historic YWCA

Members Only: Montclair Becomes a Wealthy Suburb

Township Historian and Board of Trustee member Mike Farrelly leads a presentation on the sketches of people who moved Montclair out of its days as a sleepy farm town to a thriving suburb and an attractive destination. 108 Orange Road, Montclair in the Clark House, 1st floor. Become one today!