I’ve been receiving a lot of great photos for our upcoming January Bulletin that just won’t fit, so posting some of the fun activities from our New York State Clubs – Elmira and Half Moon of the Capital Region.

Plans for the New York State Button Society Show scheduled for April 28-30 are underway! The Awards List is now FINAL! Several awards have been added since the July Bulletin. Check them out

It’s time to renew your New York State Button Society membership. The deadline is October 31. Don’t risk missing the January 2022 NYSBS Bulletin – RENEW TODAY!
Make your check out to NYSBS and mail it to:
Cathy Parke, 30 Dennison Avenue, Binghamton, NY 13901.
Questions regarding membership can be addressed to Elaine Baur, elainebaur@gmail.com

The National Button Society hosted their annual convention last week in Madison, Wisconsin and the local news station interviewed Past President of the National Button Society,  Raney Gilliland,  about “The Greatest Button Show on Earth.” Buttons from Millicent Safro and Annie and Johnson Frazier (who you see briefly) are part of the feature.  Check out the video.

The Rochester Button Club hosted the annual Western NY button club picnic after a three-year hiatus due to Covid19. Around thirty collectors and guests from 3 participating clubs – Genesee County, Elmira, and Rochester came to the Wildwood Country Club in Rush, NY for the picnic. 

The July 2022 New York State Button Society Bulletin was mailed to members at the end of June.
Featured in this edition:
– Collector Spotlight on Cathy Parke
– Summary of 2022 Awards and Award Winners
– A Look Back at the NYSBS 2022 Show
– My Button Buddy, Waitstill (Pat) Gardella
– Crafty Creations – Christmas in July

We had a fabulous show! Thanks to our dealers, buyers, guests and volunteers who made it a success.  Check out the photos summarizing the 3 days of the show and the winning trays
At left, is a snapshot from the auction.

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.