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.

 
 
 
 
 
 Kate Albright Photography

Kate Albright Photography

 
 
 
 Kate Albright Photography

Kate Albright Photography

Junior Historians Program: The Stories of Montclair Women (1790-1950)

Register now for a new class beginning March 2

Ages 11 - 17, 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. This class series will explore how women’s history often plays a secondary role to men’s, their stories are often left untold and/or researched.  Each class explores a different time period spanning from 1790-1950 of women directly related to the history of our museums and other notable women from Montclair and NJ. The course also explores the relationship of wealthier women to that of enslaved, servant, and immigrants. The ever changing role, careers, lifestyle, and influence of women in the community with be a theme for discussion. Some women explored may include Jemimah Condict, Lucy Stone, Alice Hooe Foster, Elizabeth Blackwell, Jane Barus, and more. A detailed course outline is available upon request

Upcoming Class:  NEW CLASS DATES: March 2, 9, & 16; April 13, 20 & 27; May 11 & 18. Fridays, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Field trips include the Labor Museum, Shultz House Museum of the Montclair History Center, and the Montclair Public Library. This schedule allows the flexibility for breaks and research. Cost is $150 per student for the entire 8-week series. Registration required by phone or email: 973-744-1796 or mail@montclairhistorical.org.Cost: $150 per student for the 8-week series. Registration required by phone or email: 973-744-1796 or mail@montclairhistorical.org.

Hearth Cooking for Kids

Register now for a new class beginning April 3

Ages 10 to 14, if your child falls outside this age range, please contact us to discuss enrollment. Maximum class size: 12.

This 6-week hearth cooking class takes children through food preservation, learning how to use tools and working on a real hearth fire, creating recipes from historic cookbooks, and creativity in using seasonable food items. Each class begins with a lesson around our food history and hands on activities in hearth. Children are encouraged to use creativity and decision making for their recipes each week. This cooking class will use ingredients such as flour, eggs, and dairy. For any food allergies or restrictions please notify staff and discuss at registration. Register online here.

Program appropriate for ages 10 to 14. Children will be working with real kitchen tools and assisting with the hearth fire. As class space is limited, registration is required to hold your space. Cost is $100 per child for the entire series; individual class registration is not available. Class size is limited. Register at mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796.  All sessions begin in the program room of the Crane House/Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair. Program held on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm. Dates: April 3, 10, & 24; May 1, 8 & 22.

History Makers: Craft Your Way Through the Past

Class coming this Fall.

Ages 6 to 9, if your child falls outside of this age range please contact our staff to discuss enrollment. Maximum class size of 12.

Our 6-week sessions are sure to get your child excited about history through adventures and craft projects, hands-on moments with special artifacts, and cool facts about Montclair and NJ history! We’ll 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 learning about history in fun and creative way without the textbook. As class space is limited, registration is required to hold your space. Cost is $60 per child for the entire series; individual class registration is not available. Register at mail@montclairhistorical.org or 973-744-1796.  All sessions are located in the program room of the Crane House/Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair unless noted in the class outline.