Blairstown Museum Inc

Small Town. Big History.

Blairstown, NJ   |  www.blairstownmuseum.com

Mission

The Blairstown Museum's 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.

Ruling year info

2017

Board of Trustee President

Jeanette Iurato

Main address

Po Box 109

Blairstown, NJ 07825 USA

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EIN

81-3871357

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Blairstown is experiencing what we refer to as a "History Deficit." This occurs as long standing families, either by relocation or death, are no longer available to share their memories. Newer residents are eager to enjoy the bucolic beauty of the area, but are unaware of the people and businesses that shaped the township since its establishment in 1839. In order for Blairstown to remain rural and the Historic District well-preserved, it is critical that new residents understand Blairstown's historic relevance and the important role they play in its preservation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Letters For Santa

These days parents face a real struggle convincing children over the age of six-years that there is a Santa Claus. The Blairstown Museum would like to help children hold on to the magic of Christmas for just a little bit longer.

Our "Letters for Santa" program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

Every year from November 1st through December 15th a special "Letters for Santa" mailbox is featured on our porch. All letters with a return address will receive a personalized reply from Santa Claus — complete with North Pole Postage and Stamp!

Population(s) Served

The Blairstown Museum is taking a little step towards improving literacy in our neighborhood.

After raising nearly $500 through various porch sales and fundraisers, the Blairstown Museum purchased an adorable structure to house a free children's lending library. We also purchased over 50 children's books. Community members then generously donated over 100 more books.

"In addition to preserving history, the Blairstown Museum is also making history by being home to the Greater Blairstown Area's first Little Free Library," said Jeanette Iurato, Historian and Curator of the Blairstown Museum. She added, “We can only hope that a child who wouldn't be reading otherwise sees it and picks up a book."

The Blairstown Museum's library is designed to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering a neighborhood book exchange. We invite you to participate by donating books, and by encouraging a child to enjoy our selection by borrowing a book.

Population(s) Served

It was the Summer of 1961 when Please Mister Postman became the first Motown song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. Almost everyone knows the lyrics to this classic tune by The Marvelettes. How could we not?

As you travel around to various destinations, whether they be local, within the country or around the world, we ask that you mail us a Postcard for inclusion in our Living History exhibit.

Write to us at:
Blairstown Museum
26 Main Street PO Box 109
Blairstown, NJ 07825

We are excited to hear from you and to add your correspondence to our collection for future generations to read and enjoy. By mailing us, you instantly become a part of history.

Isn't that fabulous?

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

When Friday the 13th appears on the calendar, the town comes together to celebrate Blairstown’s second favorite son – Jason Voorhees! On this day, the Blairstown Museum expands its offerings to include trolley tours to authentic movie locations; expanded Slash and Shop Marketplace featuring movie inspired merchandise by local artists and crafters; free Movie-Themed Photo Booths; Weddings; and occasionally, Meet & Greet opportunities with various actors.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Alliance of Museums Pledge 2016

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In fulfillment of our mission, we have adopted the following Vision Statement: “The Blairstown Museum will be a vibrant social, cultural and economic centerpiece of the town and will be regarded as an entertaining and worthwhile tourist destination. The Museum will be a resource for residents, visitors, historians, and educators. The Museum will preserve and catalog important objects and documents and will use those items to provide educational and cultural programs for the public.”

Since our opening day on October 1, 2016, the Blairstown Museum has endeavored to provide residents with a plethora of engaging activities during which time we reveal the township's history and the important role they play in preserving that history and our historic structures. To date, we have managed, collaborated, and participated in over 250 events that range from Artist Exhibitions; Paint & Sips; Meet & Greets with Authors and Actors; Movie Screenings; Community and County events; and have organized an annual Historic Blairstown Day.

The Blairstown Museum understands that in order for residents to be inspired they need to be engaged. To date, we are blessed with 55 Volunteers; have collaborated with over 20 local organizations and community groups; and operate on a strictly volunteer staff. Donors of the Blairstown Museum respect the fact that every nickle they deposit into our donation boxes is applied directly towards our community engagements and preservation efforts.

Warren County Hall of Fame
Following our nomination of John Insley Blair into the Warren County Hall of Fame, the Blairstown Museum graciously and humbly accepted the award on Mr. Blair’s behalf at the WCCC Induction Ceremony at Hawk Pointe Golf Club on Saturday October 21, 2017. Our efforts now turn to obtaining State and Federal recognition of Mr. Blair’s achievements and contributions.

Museum of American Finance
In April 2018, the Blairstown Museum was contacted by the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian, regarding the Spring 2018 edition of their magazine, Financial History. MOAF staff members requested family photographs; as well as information the Blairstown Museum could provide in respect to his life and establishment of Blair & Co., Inc.

John Blair Commemorative Medal
On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Blairstown Museum unveiled the John Insley Blair / Blair Academy 170th Anniversary Commemorative Medal. The medals, available in Brass, Copper, and Silver, were produced by Minter Daniel Carr of the Moonlight Mint, Medal Specialist John Dean, Project Publisher Dave Hayes, and Photographer Christine Oleszek in collaboration with the Blairstown Museum.

Friday the 13th Celebration
The iconic American slasher movie was filmed throughout Blairstown, Hope, and Hardwick. When Friday the 13th appears on the calendar, the town comes together to celebrate Blairstown’s second favorite son – Jason Voorhees! On this day, the Blairstown Museum expands its offerings to include trolley tours to authentic movie locations; Movie-Themed Photo Booths; Weddings; and occasionally, Meet & Greet opportunities. To date, we have hosted an array of fan opportunities with Ari Lehman (April 2018); Steve Dash (July 2018); and Robbi Morgan (July 2018).

Financials

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Blairstown Museum Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeanette Iurato

Blairstown Museum

Term: 2015 -

Anthony Iurato

Blairstown Museum

David Knipp

Blairstown Museum

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No