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  • 1.  Displaying Campaign Buttons

    Posted 02-22-2019 02:54 PM

    Happy Friday everyone!

    I work at a small historic house museum. Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton were married and lived in this house for about a year and a half. We are planning a very "simple" campaign button case. I say "simple" because is anything really ever simple??

    Our glass display case is 58 inches long, 32 inches wide and 21 inches deep and has sliding door panels on the back. I was thinking of constructing 2 slanted bases made out of cardboard or recycled plastic boards and covered in fabric in which to easily secure the pins for display both from above and the side. 

    However, I was wondering how others display things like pins and buttons in a way that is easy to appreciate but also low cost and can be constructed easily. 

    Flannery Quinn
    Clinton House Museum
    Fayetteville AR

  • 2.  RE: Displaying Campaign Buttons

    Posted 02-25-2019 11:16 AM
    You might find this Connecting to Collections Care webinar from 2018 helpful: 

    Preserving Artifacts of Free Speech: Caring for Political Memorabilia

    M. Susan Barger PhD
    Online Community Coordinator Connecting to Collections Care
    Foundation of the American Institute & Artistic Works (FAIC)
    Washington DC

  • 3.  RE: Displaying Campaign Buttons

    Posted 02-25-2019 11:23 AM
    Hi Flannery,

    You can use a sheet of acrylic with a thin plank of ethafoam covered in fabric to attach the buttons with either small stainless pins or running the button pin through the fabric & into the foam if it will do so easily. The acrylic backer board can be attached to a back wall via cleat or if you would like a bit of an angle for it to lean back, you can make the acrylic longer and bend the lower portion back to give it a foot of sorts.

    Feel free to contact me if you would like any other information. I specialise in artifact mounting.


    Suzanne McGarraugh
    Exhibit Design Specialist
    Mountmaking & Installation
    San Antonio, TX