Iowa Files: Buttons, Buttons, Iowa Made the Buttons!

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Muscatine, Iowa was the primary American manufacturing source for mother-of-pearl buttons made from Mississippi River shellfish, beginning in 1890 and by 1898 The Pearl City (Muscatine) was the largest manufacturer of pearl buttons in the world! Iowa State Button Society member Karen Leibold will share the history of buttons and manufacture of these small works of art!

This joint library-Historical Society event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of West Des Moines Historical Society Members, EMC Insurance Foundation, the West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation and the Iowa Arts Council.

All Iowa Files programs will be live streamed on the West Des Moines Historical Society’s Facebook Page and all videos will be closed captioned.