Preserving the Past for the Future
The Blairstown Museum is committed to the diffusion of knowledge through the sharing of artifacts, archival material, and specimens. Our Artifact Collection consists of objects ranging in size from tiny buttons to large furniture. Museum volunteers host over fifty exceptional exhibitions annually.
Collections At A Glance
- 0481 historic artifacts, works of art, and specimens
- 0021 Friday the 13th artifacts, works of art, and specimens
- 0000 digital records available
- 0001 library volumes available
- $4,730.00 spent acquiring artifacts
- $0,000.00 spent preserving and exhibiting artifacts
The Important Role of Museums
Many personally owned artifact collections rot in humid basements, non-ventilated closets, damp attics, and hot warehouses, which all generate catastrophic consequences resulting in family heirlooms and entire collections being lost or damaged forever. To make matters worse, government is having an increasingly difficult time generating the necessary funds to meet their basic obligations to the public, and too often historic preservation falls to the wayside, as infrastructure, education, human services and the like become understandable budget priorities.
While tragedy can strike anywhere, throughout time museums are continually held in high regard for their ability to professionally preserve and exhibit elements of our history that would otherwise be lost to substandard storage conditions, fire, theft, and vandalism – and often, they accomplish these goals with little to no tax burden on the public. Such is the case at the Blairstown Museum, where over 60 volunteers and thousands of donors have dedicated their time, talent, and treasure to ensure that Blairstown’s history will be preserved for future generations.
Like many legally established museums, some of the advantages of housing artifacts with the Blairstown Museum include protection from natural and man-made disasters, cost savings to tax payers, ideal storage conditions, security from theft and prying eyes, and accountability by trustees, donors, and world-renowned preservation entities. Our accession and deaccession policies are registered with the State of New Jersey and the Internal Revenue Service and ensure that the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts are professionally managed.