NEW: The NY State Button Society will be at the NY State Fair on Thursday, August 30 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Arts and Home Building. Schedule your day at the fair so you can visit our display and learn more about the hobby of button collecting from New York State Button Club members.
This year we are celebrating the inception of the New York State Button Society. The club was established 75 years ago, in 1943. Imagine collecting buttons back then. Buttons were plentiful, but not plastic (yet). If you wanted to research vintage or antique buttons, you had to go to the local library. Correspondence relating to buttons between far away friends was done via postal mail. Thankfully, local button clubs cropped up, enabling people interested in collecting, the opportunity to share their passion. The goal of the society has been the same for 75 years: Educating and engaging the community in learning, preserving and having having fun sharing in the common interest of collecting an everyday household item that’s been keeping us fastened, closed and decorated since prehistoric times.