Homeschool Programs

Our homeschool program help students learn about history through artifacts, primary and secondary source documents, and our collections.  The programs run seasonally.  Call the Montclair History Center at 973-744-1796 if you are interested in one of the programs, but a date is not listed.


History Makers: Craft Your Way Through the Past

Ages 6 to 10, if your child falls outside this age range, please contact us to discuss enrollment. Maximum class size: 15.

Get your child excited about history through awesome craft projects, hands-on moments with special artifacts, and cool facts about Montclair and NJ history! In this 6-week series, we pair a craft or activity associated with a discussion topic and learn about our rich history before getting hands on. Our goal is to use crafting to expose children to history in fun and creative ways without the textbook. 

Upcoming Class:   1st and 3rd Thursdays: March 2 & 16; April 6 & 20; May 4 & 18 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.  All sessions are located in the program room of the Crane House & Historic YWCA at 108 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ. Cost is $65 per child for the 6-week series. Registration required by phone or email: 973-744-1796 or

Junior Historians: The Great Migration to Civil Rights Movement

Register now for a new class beginning January 13

Ages 12 - 16, max class size of 15

Junior Historians are introduced to the key components of research-based history and use the museums' artifacts, primary source documents, and living history to reconstruct the past and discover how it correlates to our present. This 8-week series that includes classes that include lecture, museum/archives activities, and a research/discussion component and take-home assignments. It culminates in a presentation of the students’ work at the last class for family and friends. We focus on using primary and secondary sources to provide a deeper understanding of the events and movements in history. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of events and movements covered prior to the course.

Upcoming Class: A new 8-week class begins on Friday, January 13. All classes are held on Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm. Dates: January 13, 20, & 27. February 10, 17, & 24. March 10 & 17.  Cost: $150 per student for the 8-week series. Registration required by phone or email: 973-744-1796 or