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.
Small Space, Big Offerings
Main Street's cutest spot to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a magazine and charge your mobile device for free.
Access to 5,000+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s and a property database means we can help with your research.
We rotate our carefully planned exhibits every two-months in order to provide you with fresh historic content.
Every historic exhibit case has its own digital display and our Lounge Area has Digital Books for your enjoyment.
Support our efforts by purchasing items, many of which are supplied by local artists, crafters and farmers.
Providing visitors with free WiFi is another way to keep you connected to our growing online community.