Choo Choo Swap Meet October 7, 2023

Choo Choo Swap Meet 2023While weather disrupted many of Laws’ plans this Spring, it couldn’t have been nicer for the May 6th Choo Choo Swap Meet.

The semi-annual swap meet has been a major event in Bishop for several decades, and is now a joint endeavor of and benefit for the Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site, and the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club.

Now is the time to begin planning for the next event, which will be held this fall on October 7th.


Luau Murder at Laws: August 26 2023

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Playhouse 395

Have you heard about the Luau Murder at Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site?

We are joining forces with Playhouse 395 to solve a murder and eat some tacos. Yes, you read that right: --tacos! Join us for an unforgettable evening of food, fun, and murder.

Proceeds benefit Laws Railroad Museum & Historical Site and our partners in crime, Playhouse 395.


Support the Conway Ranch House

In 1983, with generous citizen donations from the public as well as support from the private sector of the community, the “Conway House” was ceremoniously escorted to its present location at the Laws Museum, where, for the past forty years, it has given tens of thousands of visitors a glimpse into Owens Valley pioneer life.

But...after forty years at the museum, the Conway House is in need of help from the community once more. A generous grant from Inyo County allows us to begin the process of upkeep of this historic home. However, we are still a bit short of the needed funds for reroofing , exterior patch and painting of this old ranch house.

Thanks for your support.


Rollin', Rollin', Rolling... --Maybe

Southern Pacific Engine No9 Renovation Project

You heard it here first!

We are renovating Slim Princess No9 including paint, smoke box repair, and: --hold on to your socks-- a boiler test. You read that right, we are exploring the possibility of restoring engine No9 to live steam operations!

Exciting, right? --But we will need your help to meet our financial goal.

Find out more about how you can support this project.


Library Fundraiser Update

Did you know our church/library was the original Catholic Church in Bishop located on West Elm Street? The entire structure was moved to Laws in a single piece in 1976.

The 100-year anniversary of Father Crowley’s Catholic Church, now the Laws Railroad Museum and Historical  Site Library and Art Center, was honored this year with a beautifully executed face lift, with new exterior siding and paint.

The 1923 church building remains in need of plaster repair and paint for its interior walls, and to make the entrance ADA compliant by replacing the ramp, rails, and steps. We’d like to keep up the good work. Can you help?



Laws Railroad Museum and Historical Site offers opportunities for private individuals and businesses to enhance the museum grounds through our "Adopt-A-Tree" program. The grounds at Laws have always been a wonderful resource for our community. In these unprecedented times our grounds play an even more important role in helping people’s mental health and wellbeing.


Now you can adopt a vintage building at Laws Museum and Historical Site.  In our Adopt-A-Building program, donations are placed in a restricted account, and used solely for maintaining and enhancing the building of your choice.  Your support helps insure they are preserved for future generations.  As a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit organization, your donation is tax deductible

Building sponsorships are offered in four levels:

One-Time Donations

A monetary donation to Laws Museum, in any amount, is a great way to help support the preservation of Eastern Sierra history.

Send your check or money order to:

Bishop Museum & Historical Society
PO Box 363
Bishop, California 93515

Better yet, conveniently use the button below to securely send funds online...