Eyewitness to African American History Tour
Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

Eyewitness to African American History Tour

Explore 200 years of Black history in Montclair and New Jersey through rare first-hand accounts, primary and secondary source documents. Artifacts include a bill of sale for an enslaved person in the household, an 1800s newspaper, an 1840s New York Knickerbocker magazine, census data, personal letters, oral histories, and mid-century Jet and Ebony magazines. These artifacts provide a springboard for discussion about race both in the past and in the present-day. Last tour begins at 3:00 PM. A Place to Become: Montclair through the Eyes of the Glenridge Avenue YWCA Women (1920-1965), a 55-minute documentary that tells the stories of the eight women who attended the YWCA during the first half of the 20th century, will be playing continuously in the lower level of the museum. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. From 1 to 4 pm. Members get in free! Join here. 110 Orange Road, Montclair. www.montclairhistory.org.

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Eyewitness to African American History Tour
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Eyewitness to African American History Tour

Explore 200 years of Black history in Montclair and New Jersey through rare first-hand accounts, primary and secondary source documents. Artifacts include a bill of sale for an enslaved person in the household, an 1800s newspaper, an 1840s New York Knickerbocker magazine, census data, personal letters, oral histories, and mid-century Jet and Ebony magazines. These artifacts provide a springboard for discussion about race both in the past and in the present-day. Last tour begins at 3:30 PM. A Place to Become: Montclair through the Eyes of the Glenridge Avenue YWCA Women (1920-1965), a 55-minute documentary that tells the stories of the eight women who attended the YWCA during the first half of the 20th century, will be playing continuously in the lower level of the museum. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. From 1 to 4 pm. Members get in free! Join here. 110 Orange Road, Montclair. www.montclairhistory.org.

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Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA

The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. From 1 to 4 pm. Members get in free! Join here. 110 Orange Road, Montclair.

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Book Signing and Discussion: Between Two Worlds: Sicily and America
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Book Signing and Discussion: Between Two Worlds: Sicily and America

Meet author Luisa LoCascio Matarazzo, born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1937 to a Sicilian mother and father who came to the States in 1913.  Her father told her many glorious stories about his hometown of Cerami, Sicily and when anyone asked if she was Italian, her father taught her to say: “No, I am Sicilian.” Luisa has taken the stories her father told her about Sicily to write her memoir.  Like her father she is a born story-teller and her memoir serves as a reminder to all Sicilian and Italian Americans of the rich tapestry of their heritage in their ancestral lands. She graduated from Montclair High in 1955 and also includes many happy memories of growing up in Montclair during the 1940’s and ‘50’s.  She is a poet and a painter capturing the light caressing the landscapes in her watercolors on her many trips to Italy, Sicily and France.  On a recent trip to Monopoli, Italy she taught English as a second language to high school students. Book will be available for purchase this evening. Suggested donation $5. Begins at 7 pm. Members get in free! Join here. In the Founder’s Room of the Crane House & Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair.

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Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA

The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle. Tours of the Crane House & Historic YWCA are on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. Admission is $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. From 1 to 4 pm. Members get in free! Join here. 110 Orange Road, Montclair.

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Visit us at Vanillamore!
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Visit us at Vanillamore!

Visit the Montclair History Center while you dine at Vanillamore this evening from 6 to 8 pm. Enjoy a slideshow of historic images while you eat and staff will be present to share about our organization preserving Montclair’s history! Obscure artifacts will be on display, correct guesses receive a complimentary membership with us!

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Biking Tour of the Montclair Art Colony
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Biking Tour of the Montclair Art Colony

In the event of cancellation due to weather, the website will be updated by 8am on November 3. Thank you!

By the late 1800s, a “colony” of artists had flocked to Montclair, taking advantage of the beautiful and inspiring landscape that was within an easy commute to New York. The most famous artist was George Inness, Sr., but he was soon joined by other painters like Lawrence Carmichael Earle, sculptors William Couper and Jonathan Scott Hartley, stained glass artists Emilie and Walter Greenough, and engraver Harry Fenn. More recent artists such as civil rights muralist Don Miller will also be discussed. This eight-mile bike ride takes you past many of their homes and studios. Registration required at www.montclairhistory.org, $10/person. In Partnership with Bike Walk Montclair and the Montclair Art Museum. After the tour, visit the Montclair Art Museum to see works by George Innes (admission additional, free for members). Tour is a total of 8 miles, lasting about two hours. Starting location at the Crane House & Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Registration required here, space is limited.

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