Will Willams bring awareness to the archaeological dig conducted on the Montclair History Center grounds in July 2022. The MHC sits on what was a 300-acre tract of land – initially occupied by the Munsee Lenape – and later owned by Jasper Crane (1605-1681) in the 17th century. It is now the site of the Crane House & Historic YWCA, Clark, and Nathaniel Crane houses. Missing from the public record is the history of the Rose’s, a family of florists who operated a greenhouse and floral business on the site of the Crane House & Historic YWCA from about 1899 to the mid-1930s. Will will discuss the important anthropological subject of gender and equality for women in the early decades of the 20th century. The florist shop and greenhouse was a woman-owned business run by Alice G. Rose. Her business ownership resisted the domestic roles women were expected to follow during this time.
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