Thank you for considering Railtown 1897 State Historic Park for your artifact donation. When accepting donations, it is very important that we are able to commit to the long-term care of the artifact. Due to space and labor considerations, we generally accept only donations that directly relate to or were used by the Sierra Railway from 1897 to 1955, and also meet a list of criteria that includes relevance, provenance, title, location, intrinsic value, and condition. You may be offering the donation of an object that meets all of these criteria, but is already represented in the collection.
Occasionally, we may also be interested in items from Tuolumne County or neighboring railroads. If we are unable to accept your offer, the curator may be able to direct you to other institutions that may be interested.
Please contact the park before delivering your donation. It is helpful to send photos and a description of the object to assist in evaluation.
Following is a list of questions to ask yourself prior to contacting the curator about donation of your artifact to Railtown 1897 SHP.
In addition to artifact donations, we occasionally accept donations of power tools, equipment, or items for fundraising auctions or drawings. These items are considered consumable and will be considered a donation of property. Appraised valuation is the responsibility of the donor.