Are you a member of the NYSBS? Would you like to get more involved in our society? Please consider filling one of the many volunteer, elected positions, that will become available this May: President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, 3rd VP, Treasurer, Secretary, and Parliamentarian.

You do not need to have extensive knowledge of buttons for any of the positions, and there will be adequate training. The duties of the Board of Directors are more focused on interest, leadership, organizational skills, and above all passion for button collecting. Click here to learn more and review the position descriptions.

 The Historical Button Club (with members in Idaho, Washington, and Montana )
Invites you to participate in a free virtual presentation “Overall Buttons” by Annie Frazier, Florida on April 14, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern.Register in advance for this meeting.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The National Button Society just released another no harm (to the button) craft.  This time, bring spring to your house when you create a buttoned-up flower pot.  Follow this link to the video tutorial.  

 Doug Farley, Director of the Cobblestone Museum in Childs, NY recently interviewed NYSBS and Rochester Button Club member Mary Ann Spyshalski about her recollections of growing up in Childs.  It’s a fun read and with some great photos. The interview is published in the OleansHub

 In response to The National Button Society members’ increased interest in using their uncollectible buttons in artistic ways, The NBS is introducing button craft workshops and tutorials for members only – four button craft workshops and eight tutorials. This collection of “No-Harm” button crafts supports the National Button Society’s mission to preserve all that is beautiful and historic in buttons.

!! NEWS FLASH !! The first two of the button craft tutorials are available to ALL button lovers”
1) How to make a threaded button necklace
2) How to make a framed button bouquet
Check out all the new content in the Resource section of the revised National Button Society website.

 Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Buttons Society board of directors has once again decided to CANCEL the April 30-May 2, 2021 Show. It has been a difficult decision to make, but we feel that our member’s safety is too important to jeopardize. Please keep checking back here to see what else might be happening here and elsewhere.
Additionally, we were just notified that the National Button Society Convention, scheduled for July 25-31, 2021, is also canceled. 

See Susan Davis of Grandmother’s Buttons gives a tour of her Button Museum located in an old bank vault in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The buttons are displayed on cards and in unique art forms. The museum boasts hundreds of antique buttons from the 1760s to the 1940s. Check out the virtual tour.

To read more about her retail store and the museum, visit her website

The National Button Society has refreshed and revised its website.  Definitely worth checking out!

A Study of Shell and Pearl Buttons by Anne Frazier is available for viewing on YouTube.  Part three (and the first two) of the 3 Part Program can be found on our Links and Resources Page. 

Meet Featured Button Collector and Mosaic Bead-Button Artist, Helene Plank!  

Collecting stories about why people collect buttons for posting here. 
Please consider filling out the  Button Collector Interview Form. You can answer the questions for yourself, or call a button friend, and ask them the interview questions.
Responses will be collected and posted here, for all to see. 




We have clubs throughout the state where you can learn about button makers, types, materials, and their fascinating history.



Learn the best way to preserve, care for, and store buttons based on the material(s) the button is made of. Discover how to tell when a button has “gone bad.”

In 2017, the Albany Times Union wrote a feature article about how volunteers from local button clubs are helping to preserve the Capital Region’s button history in Troy, NY.  Check it out.



We share our knowledge in our communities with exhibits, shows, and talks.

Joining a club brings you directly into a community of button lovers who are eager to share their knowledge of these miniature works of art.



Ours Juniors making Button Necklaces for a Mother’s Day gift.
From left: Sarah, Liam, Sophia, Chloe, Neil, Audrey & Teigan.  Missing from the picture but, still made a necklace is Esme.