Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Button Exhibits

Interested in seeing some button displays? Well, many of our state and local clubs are busy spreading the word about button collecting.

The Doss Heritage Center in Wetherford, TX, in conjunction with the Texas State Button Society, has a button display from January 19 to March 6th titled Antique Buttons: Miniature Works of Art 17th Century to Present for details

Ohio State University in Columbus - an exhibit titled Flora in Fashion
which features buttons from the Ann Rudolph collection - details about the exhibit can be found at this link:

In New Jersey and the New York metro area, make a point to get to River Edge, NJ on March 21st to hear a button program, as well as view a collection that has been stashed away for years! Details are listed below.

Button Up! Sunday, March 21, 2010 – 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Come Out & Celebrate Women's History Month

Selections from the Elsie Heiss Button Collection will be on exhibit for the first time in more than 25 years. Elsie particularly collected buttons with images of birds. Takes place in the Steuben House. Bring your magnifying glass! Collection in the Bergen County Historical Society.
Selections from Bergen Button Club members will be on exhibit at the Steuben House. BBC member Pam Muzio will give a talk "Introduction to Buttons."

Buttons honoring George Washington, made at the time of his First Inauguration in 1789, will be shown, and their history will be described in a short talk. From a private collection.

Kevin Wright will give an illustrated talk on The History of Women in Bergen County in the Steuben House at 2 pm.

Button strings will be on show, please touch!

Button sewing exercise for children. Create a button project that may be taken home. Buttons donated by Simply the Best Clothing, 472 Cedar Lane, Teaneck.
Takes place in the Campbell-Christie House, led by Denise Piccino.

Refreshments in Black Horse Tavern, Campbell-Christie House, with Tavernkeeper John Oddie.
Demarest House Museum will also be open for tours.
Suggested donation for events unless otherwise noted: $7 adult, $5 children, BCHS members free.
Takes place at Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ.

New Bridge was a prosperous mill hamlet, centered upon a bridge strategically placed at the narrows of the Hackensack River, Bergen County, New Jersey.
The Steuben House, Campbell-Christie House and Demarest House are all located in the park. They are landmarks of Bergen Dutch sandstone architecture, popularly called "Dutch Colonial" and frequently seen and admired throughout northern NJ. The Steuben House still stands on its original site.
Please visit our website for more info •

Keep up the good work - Annie

1 comment:

  1. Annie, thank you for posting our event at Historic New Bridge Landing, NJ.
    I have been wanting to exhibit the buttons for years. The Heiss collection was donated back in the 1980s by Elsie's estate. I was at a town-wide house tour last fall, 2009 in Mt Tabor, NJ -- some distance away (very interesting architecture!) where my husband and I started chatting with Ann Wilson who was volunteering in their museum building, one thing led to another and I mentioned how I would like to exhibit our buttons. Ann surprised us saying she was a member of the Bergen Button Club. I love the serendipity of the meeting!
    We were able to get together with the whole group. They have been helping us with the exhibit and understanding what we have. BBC will also be able to exhibit their collection. It has been a very rewarding connection.
    Deborah Powell
    President, Bergen County Historical Society