In 1965, the women of the YWCA donated the Crane House to a group of local preservationists who moved the house from its original location of Glenridge Avenue to its new location on Orange Road. The rest is, as they say, history.
The preservationists founded the Montclair Historical Society, a group of people dedicated to restoring a historic home. In the last 50 years, we (like the rest of the world) have evolved. We are grateful to them for saving not one, but four historic homes.Today, we have four historic houses, a microfarm and learning garden, a library and archives. We are, in fact, a place to visit. A history center.
Our old name served us well for 50 years. As we look ahead to the next 50 years, we believe our new name – the Montclair History Center – encapsulates all we have become and will continue to evolve into. We hope you’ll be part of our future.Read More