We offer several programs for students pre-K through college. Because we only host one class or school (up to 50 students) at a time, we can tailor our programs to meet the class's needs. Call us if you'd like to learn more about or discuss any of these programs. For pricing information and to book a trip, please download the reservation form below.
Our Littlest Historians
Pre-K to Kindergarten
For many of our littlest visitors, this is often their first introduction to history. We want it to be fun. Storytime, a scavenger hunt, a fireside chat and, of course, a visit to the chickens. Approximately 1 hour in length.
Life In Early New Jersey
Elementary through 6th grade
Students experience the sights, sounds, and smells of early American life. We begin with an introduction to the history of our area, during which students form a human timeline, stretching back 200 years. They take an interactive, age-appropriate tour of the Crane House and visit a 1796 kitchen with (weather permitting) a fire burning in the hearth. Students discover how different a 19th century school was like compared to their own and end their visit in the farm.
Discovering Black History through Primary and Secondary Sources
Grades 7 through 12
This two-hour program uses primary and secondary documents 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, this program enables students to understand the value and use of research materials and opens the doors to dialogue.
The Roots of Historic Preservation
High School and College students
In 1965, when the Crane House and Historic YWCA was saved from demolition, moved, and restored to tell the story of its earliest occupants, historic preservation was in its infancy and there were no standards to guide these preservationists. Through a short introduction and tour of the Crane House and Historic YWCA, students discover the Roots of Historic Preservation, putting in context some of the decisions made by the early preservationists who restored the Crane House in the 1960s.