Southeast Iowa Button Club
The Southeast Iowa Button Club met at the Washington Public Library on Thursday, March 20, with 10 members members present. Special guests were former members Carol Smith, Mary Statler, and Betty Kann.
The club celebrated National Button Week, March 16-22. The members set up an amazing button display about the history of the Washington Button Factory. Collections of pearl, Satsuma, enamel, metal, china, glass, celluloid, plastic and Bakelite buttons were displayed. Original button themes and mountings of favorite buttons were beautifully shown.
After a soup luncheon, the button members enjoyed the “Public Button Road Show.” Visitors and the public were invited to bring their buttons to the library to be identified. Many button stories were shared by the visitors. Family button stories shared were the sewing of buttons to cards. Women and girls in the family would get sacks of buttons from the Washington Pearl Button Factory to sew on cards, and then they returned the buttons on the cards to the factory. They made about a penny a card for this work.
The club members and about 39 guests enjoyed stories, button boxes and displays, as well as coffee, punch, and cookies.