About : Information : Policies & Governance
The Blairstown Museum is part of New Jersey's 1.5 million volunteers who are making a difference in their communities through 170 million hours of service each year. Collectively, New Jersey volunteers provide $3.5 billion in services.
Across the Garden State, volunteers mentor and tutor students, prepare and distribute food to the needy, protect and beautify the environment, sustain our arts, history and cultural institutions and stand ready to assist during emergencies and disasters. The Blairstown Museum is honored to be among this exceptional class of individuals.
The Blairstown Museum was founded on July 1, 2015. The State of New Jersey formally incorporated the Blairstown Museum on September 16, 2016, "to acquire, collect, research, document, protect, preserve, exhibit and promote the unique history and heritage of the Township of Blairstown, New Jersey for the benefit of residents and visitors."
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
The Blairstown Museum is an IRS Certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As a charitable organization, the Blairstown Museum generates funding through a variety of sources: generous public and private donors; souvenir shop sales and historic tours; memberships and corporate sponsorships; and other events and programs.
Our mission is to acquire and collect; research and document; protect and preserve; and exhibit and promote the unique history and heritage of the Township of Blairstown for the benefit of residents and visitors. As the only general history and cultural 501(c)(3) non-profit museum in the Township of Blairstown, we care for thousands of items which illustrate the history of the township and its inhabitants, including former resident and founder John Insley Blair.
One of the primary benefits of acquiring 501(c)(3) status is the ability to accept contributions that are tax-deductible to the donor. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.
Sales Tax Collection
Sales tax is imposed on the receipts from retail sales of tangible personal property or specified digital products, and the sales of enumerated services. New Jersey requires any retailer doing business in New Jersey to collect and remit sales tax. Blairstown Museum souvenir shop purchases are subject to the collection of sales tax at the time of sale.
As of January 1, 2018 the current New Jersey Sales Tax is 6.625%.
PLEASE NOTE: Non-taxable items include unprepared food for human consumption, clothing, certain professional and personal services, and real estate sales.
Representation & Accountability
The Blairstown Museum's Board of Trustees has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the museum operates legally and exists in perpetuity. To aid us in those efforts, the Blairstown Museum employs the legal services of William P. Askin of Askin & Hooker, located at 200 Woodport Road Sparta, New Jersey 07871. The organization receives accounting support from Certified Public Accountant Charles J. Brand of Dolan & Dolan, located at 53 Spring Street Newton, New Jersey 07860.
Certifications & Memberships
The Blairstown Museum continually seeks creative and innovative partnerships, which will enable us to join forces with other organizations and people in an effort to leverage core capacities for greater service to the public. In addition to preserving and exhibiting historical stories and artifacts, the Blairstown Museum continually offers community outreach, public programs, preservation projects, and family-friendly events.
As a charitable organization, the Blairstown Museum generates funding through a variety of sources: generous public and private donors; souvenir shop sales and historic tours; memberships and corporate sponsorships; and other events and programs. The Blairstown Museum is an IRS Certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Founded in 1994, GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. In 2016, its database provided information on 2.5 million organizations. As we close our fiscal year, our accounting personnel will continue to work with GuideStar to provide even more information to attain an even higher status. For now, however, this is a pretty good way for us to end 2017.
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. The Blairstown Museum is the first Accredited Museum in Warren County New Jersey.
The New Jersey Association of Museums is a nonprofit membership organization serving professionals and museums in the state. The New Jersey Association of Museums (NJAM): Facilitates the exchange of information through educational and networking opportunities; Increases and enhances knowledge of museum practices; and Advocates on behalf of New Jersey museum professionals and museums.
The Small Museum Association is an all volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. SMA's mission is to develop and maintain a peer network among people who work for small museums, giving them opportunities to learn, share knowledge and support one another. The Blairstown Museum is a proud member of the Small Museum Association.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. They protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support. The Blairstown Museum is honored to be a supporting member.
Time Travelers originated in 1998 when the Missouri Historical Society established the program to enable members of historical institutions to receive exclusive benefits and privileges at museums and historical sites nationwide. Currently, the Time Travelers program includes over 300 organizations in more than 40 states across the country. Blairstown Museum members are automatically enrolled in the program for free.