The deadline for renewing your New York State Button Society Membership is fast approaching.  Don’t risk missing the January 2022 NYSBS Bulletin – renew or join today!!

Upcoming Presentations by the Historical Button Club:
October 2, Saturday 10:00 AM — Bakelite Buttons by Susie Cohen, Oregon
October 13, Wednesday, 2:00 PM (PDT) — Owls on Buttons by Anne Morgan, Oregon
November 10, Wednesday, 2:00 PM — Decorative Finishes on Buttons by Beth Schaut, Washington Check out the details.


Members of the NYSBS should have received the July 2021 edition of the New York State Button Society Bulletin by now.  We have some wonderful feature articles along with news from our clubs across New York State.  The bulletin is published twice a year and is a perk of membership.  Want a copy?  Join the NYSBS today! 

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.

Debbie Rodriguez posted on the MyQuiltFriends Facebook Page an invitation to participate in a “Colt” focus group related to learning about Colt buttons. The next meeting is planned for September 12, 11 AM ET. If interested in attending, send an email to Debbie at

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. 

 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 Resource section of the revised National Button Society website.

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.