About : Our Programs : Community Outreach

A Foundation For Giving

The Blairstown Museum's Board of Trustees is comprised of Rotarians and a decorated Vietnam War Veteran. Throughout their lives they have exhibited charitable service and selfless sacrifice to our community, country and world.

One of our favorite quotes is by Marjorie Moore. She said, "You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in." With that in mind, we try to live a life of Service Above Self, and those deeply held beliefs are woven into the fabric and embedded into the foundation of the Blairstown Museum.

Unity In Community

Our history continually reveals the courage, strength and indefatigability of individuals and organizations united in the cause to preserve, protect and serve residents throughout the greater Blairstown area.

While John Insley Blair did not invent service to others, he did live an inspiring life of philanthropy. It is said, when Rockefeller and Carnegie began to give money away, they were simply following John Insley Blair's lead.

Following in Mr. Blair's footsteps, the Blairstown Museum has supported American Legion Post 258 Givens-Belet, BES Paws to the Pavement, Blair Woman's Club, Blairstown Rotary Club, Charity Dunk Tanks, Foodshed Alliance, Free Community Events, Greater Blairstown Business Association, Local Food Pantry Guests, Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H Club and many others.

Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H Club

In the 4-H club program, youth learn alongside other youth that share the same interest. All club members participate in county events such as public presentations and the Warren County Farmers' Fair.

The Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H Club is led by Beth McGatha and Maya Stamper. Their club's main focus is community service and making the world a better place, one heart at a time. The Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H Club is comprised of 17 members, age 7-years to 11-years.

The Blairstown Museum is a dedicated Donation Center and Drop Off Place for Beth and Maya's Warm Hearts Warm Lives 4H Club. 

Current Community Projects

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors

Last year, our food drive was a tremendous success! The Blairstown Museum helped to provide over twenty local families with a turkey and ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner. As of September 1st, we will once again collect non-perishable food items to benefit members of our community in need.

Individuals and businesses can make a difference in many ways. Requested items include: frozen turkeys, canned vegetables, stuffing (boxed), cranberry sauce, boxed pies, and boxed macaroni and cheese.

If you wish to make a tax-deductible financial contribution, please make the check payable to "Blairstown Museum" and write "Thanksgiving Meals" in the memo section. Gift certificates are also accepted.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Acceptable donations include: art supplies, barbie dolls and accessories, basketballs, bicycles, building toys (e.g. legos), craft kits, footballs, magic sets, reading books, soccer balls, skateboards, and telescopes.

Last year, over 300,000 donated gifts were distributed throughout northern New Jersey. The Blairstown Museum has a bin inside the museum for this very special collection. Please help if you can.

Love Thy Neighbor

Wine, Cheese & Charity

Since January 1, 2016 the Blairstown Museum has partnered with individuals and local businesses to promote 'Love Thy Neighbor' collection events. These charitable gatherings generate large donations of bath products, clothing, costume jewelry, perfume, and other items.

These gathering offer complimentary cheese, music and information on the event's partners. Attendees may bring their own beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Donations are dispersed to Food Pantry Guests.

The next Love Thy Neighbor event, co-sponsored with Jacquie Menzies Jenkins of Rodan + Fields, will take place 6pm to 9pm on Sunday November 5th at The Carriage House, located at 27 Main Street.