Michigan Button Society
The First State Society
Collectors Collecting Buttons
🍂MBS Presents a FALL SHOW🍂
"Glass By the Bay"
Presenting Artist Beth Cox
October 1 - 3
Come and enjoy the fun of the fall competitive show and education presentation of glass artist Beth Cox.Reservations 231-796-4400 at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn. Location has changed as a result of uncontrollable factors. For more information and meal reservation forms follow SHOW INFORMATION link.
SHOW INFORMATION CCMPETITION AWARDS
MBS Spring Button Show
Presented by the Southwest Button Club
May 13th & 14th, 2022
Come, relax, shop and enjoy!Reservations 734-433-8000 at the Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village. For more information and meal reservation forms follow SHOW INFORMATION link.
Michigan Button Society
Collectors Collecting Buttons
The Michigan Button Society was formed May 21, 1940 in Detroit
at the annual Detroit Hobby Show. Michigan holds the recognition for being the first state to form a button society.
Today we continue to be an active society with members from all around the state and many surrounding states. Each year, at the spring and fall state conventions, antique, vintage, and modern buttons are on display. The fall convention boasts a competition among button collectors. The buttons are a sight to see. Come join us. Click on the link below for more information about the Michigan Button Society, its history and the manufacturing of the Michigan button.
Proposed Changes to the MBS Contitution. At the fall show 2021 the MBS membership will vote on the following changes to the MBS Constitution.Proposal Guide By Laws Draft Consitution Draft
Collect, Compete, Learn
COLLECTING IS FUN, COMPETITION IS A CHALLENGE, AND LEARNING IS EDUCATIONAL
Collect the buttons you love and love the buttons you collect! Whether you collect antique, vintage, mordern, horn, glass, plastic, etc. they all can be displayed making fascinating artwork for any wall. Most collectors display on 9 x 12 cards as this is the required size for competition. Have fun collecting. Button collectors are friendship driven, dedicated, and connected to those all around our state.
There is no need to compete to enjoy the hobby, but why not? By competing you learn. It is challenging and fun. Awards are written and sponspored by button collectors. Each fall show there is a list of several awards to choose from.
The more you collect the more you learn. Joining a local club is a great way to learn about buttons from the type of materials they can be made from to ways they can be made. Learn about the various techniques, backmarks, and age of buttons all by becoming a member of our society.
The MBS Constitution States
The object of this society shall be to study the hobby of collecting, classifying and mounting garment buttons for educational purposes and personal enjoyment; to issue publications and hold exhibits, to bring to the public the art, history and beauty of buttons; and to preserve for future generations all that is best in the hobby.
MBS Charter Members
MICHIGAN BUTTON SOCIETY 2019
MBS MISSION AND VISION
Mission Statement: Michigan Button Society is an inclusive community dedicated to the study, preservation and enjoyment of garment buttons, fasteners and ornamentation.
Vision Statement: Michigan Button Society vision is to encourage the pursuit of collecting; conservation and display of garment buttons, fasteners and ornamentations for enjoyment and educational purposes; to hold exhibits that bring the art, history, cultural significance and beauty of buttons to the public; to preserve and grow the button community for future generations.
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Button Clubs Around the State
Currently there are six clubs that meet in various locations around the state. Clubs provide programs, buttons swaps, sales, and friendships. While individual clubs generally meet once a month, schedules are determined by the individual club members. All ages are welcome. Come join us! Explore the world of buttons by finding a club near you. More information regarding a specific club can be found by clicking on the club's image.
Bay Button Bunch
The Bay Button Bunch was founded in January of 2010 by a few devoted button collectors who were eager to meet locally. We quickly out grew meeting in private homes and now meet at the Traverse City Public Library. The address is 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, Michigan. We are noted for sponsoring and planning our 75th anniversay show.
Bay Button Bunch meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10 am until 1 pm. Please feel free to attend. We a very friendly group of new and more experienced collectors. We have interesting programs and button swaps and sales. Everyone is welcome. Come join us. We look forward to meeting you. Contact MBS for more information.
Blue Water Buttoneers
Macomb County Public Libraries (various), Michigan
The Blue Water Buttoneers was founded in 2003 and is one of two button clubs located in Southeast, Michigan. We are a very active group and feature programs and button sales at each meeting.
We are currently meeting once a month at various libraries in Macomb County. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 am. Contact MBS for more information.
Southwest Button Box
The Southwest Button Box was founded in 2017. We have programs or special activities related to the art of button making and/or the history related to buttons in fashion.
We meet at the Vicksburg Community Library the second Saturdayof the month at 10 am. The address is 215 South Michigan Ave., Vicksburg Michigan. Contact MBS for more information.
Mayflower Button Club
The Mayflower Button Club was formed in 1962 and absorbed members from the very first button club in the country, Log Cabin Group 1. Each meeting a program is given that focuses on buttons, button history, and/or button related topics. Club activities include our regular business meeting, button sales and swaps, show n tell, and other social activities.
We meet at the Livonia Civic Center Library the third Saturday of every month from 10 am until 2 pm. Members bring a sack lunch and beverage of their choice. Snacks are provided. Please join us. All ages welcome. Contact MBS for more details.
Jacksonian Button Club
Tri-State Area of Southeastern Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio
The Jacksonian Button Club was formed in September of 1968. We serve members in the tri-state area of southeastern Michigan, norteastern Indiana, and northwestern Ohio. The club's name reflects its beginnings as well as the Jacksonian button.
Club meetings are held in member's homes or public meeting rooms. We meet January - October the fourth Saturday of the month. In Decemer we meet the first Saturday of the month. Contact MBS for more information.
West Michigan Buttoneers
The West Michigan Buttoneers Club was organized in 1991 in a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Meetings consists of a brief business meeting followed by an education program. The selling/swapping of buttons usually takes place before and/or after our meeting.
We meet the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm at the Community Room at Bailey's Grove at 5252 Bailey Center SE, Kentwood, Michigan. Guests are welcome to attend. Contact MBS for more information.
Thumb Button Club
Port Austin or Caseville
Following a program on button collecting given at a meeting of the Huron County Historical Society in the Fall of 2019, several attendees expressed an interest in learning more about jars and tins of buttons they had inherited or acquired. Their enthusiasm led to a get-together in early 2020 where attendees shared their love of and fascination with buttons. Many had no idea about the art and history contained in their jars, boxes and Grandma’s tins of buttons. Out of this gathering emerged an interest in having regular meetings, and so formation of the “Thumb Button Group” came to be.
Nancy was elected as President and is working hard to establish focus for the newly organized membership. The group is feeling its way on direction since members have a range of interests from button crafts, to button history, button composition, and focused button collecting. Thumb Button Group meetings are held every other month at 1 pm at either the Port Austin Historical Center or the Caseville History Museum. As COVID restrictions begin to relax in 2021, the group hopes to establish regular meeting dates. Visitors and new members are welcome! Contact MBS for more Information.
Brass Roots Button Club
Locations to Vary
The Brass Roots Button Club was organized in January of 2019 in a private home in southwestern Michigan. Its focus is to study uniform and usage type buttons.
Since members are from around the state, meeting locations, dates, and times have not yet been established. For more information about this club contact MBS and in the subject line note Brass Roots Button Club.
Members of the Michigan Button Society Sharing
Share an award winning tray, share a club event, or share a beautiful button.
Click on a tray of buttons to enlarge. Contact MBS today at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Congratulations to all that participated in the Challenge Theme trays. Browse the theme trays in the sections below.