For Members of Button Clubs and Button Collectors in New York State
In-person button club meetings are finally starting up again! Norma Brown shared that the NYS Genesee Club met on March 31 at the Holland Land Company (museum) in Batavia NY. President Amy Burgess presided over the meeting. This was our first meeting for the new year. Our hostess and helper, Jennifer Covert, and her son Matthew (on the left in the photo) gave a program on “Venery.” We were surprised and learned so much along with great button examples.
The Historial Button Club & The Idaho State Button Society are featuring button-related programs. 1) “Buttons in Bloom” by Joy Journeay on Wednesday, May 12, 11:00 AM ET 2) Three-Part One Day Workshop presented by Lewis Lombardi, Colorado, on the topic of “Livery Buttons” on Saturday, May 15. Follow this link to learn more.
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: 1) How to make a threaded button necklace 2) How to make a framed button bouquet 3) Bring spring to your house when you create a buttoned-up flower pot. Follow this link to the video tutorial 4) Three ideas for making Button-Enhanced Wall Art. Check out all the new content in the Resourcesection of the revised National Button Society website.
The National Button Society “Unconventional Convention” is planned for July 25-31, 2021. Over 50 events are planned. Expect details in the upcoming May issue of the National Button Bulletin. The event is free to NBS members (registration required and begins June 7). Non-members ~ All events for just $20. Tickets available on Eventbrite after July 1. Stay Tuned! You do not want to miss this week-long event.
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.