Do you love buttons? Do you like talking to other people that collect buttons? Do you sell or buy buttons? Are you interested in sharing your knowledge or learning more about buttons? Do you have secretarial or business skills? Are you a leader or a leader in training? We have opportunities where you can meld your love of buttons while using your talents to support the NYSBS by becoming an executive board member. If your interest is piqued, please read on…

The National Button Society (NBS) is hosting a virtual BUTTONFEST – February 11-13, 2022
Presentations include:
Joanne Lindsay: Egyptian Buttons
Jocelyn Howells: Four Faces of Phenolic Resin buttons (AKA Bakelite)
Simone Kincaid & Matthew Brown: Material ID in Two Parts
Suzanne Vincenzes: Ceramics 101
Sallie Gibson: Cleaning and Repairing Buttons

FREE for Members and $7 Non-Members. Click for more information.

The January 2022 bulletin is in the mail! In this edition, we have some wonderful articles, a button card challenge and club news across New York State. We are especially excited to feature Janet White, Studio Artist, who explains how she creates adorable enamel buttons. 

The bulletin is published twice a year and is a perk of membership.  Want a copy?  Join the NYSBS today for just $15 annually! 

Ever hear of a concho button?  Learn a little history and see a fabulous card by Pat Silvernail, President of the Elmira Button Club. Check it out.

The Half Moon Button Club has been busy these last few months.  See what they have been up to

The East Greenbush Library in NY held a writing contest earlier this year based on the Pandemic. It was called “Pen to Pandemic.” Check out the fictional story June Kosier wrote entitled “A Tale of Two Libraries” that includes a button twist.

 

A few more recorded presentations found on YouTube are added to the Resources and Links page.

States Are Beginning to Schedule In-Person Shows.  Check out the Calendar of Events for State Shows Bordering New York State.

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. 

 

Education

 

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

Preservation

 

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.

Community

 

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.

Fun

 

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.