Valparaiso couple's button collection provides history lessons at Crestview library

Buttons collection

Barb and Don Lanier's button collection fills the Crestview Public Library's lobby display cases, providing miniature history lessons.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — That a jacket's fasteners could be miniature works of art probably doesn't strike the average person as he or she dresses for church.

But maybe a visit to the Crestview Public Library lobby display cases will make them think twice about the common button's artistry.

PHOTOS: See photos from Barb and Don Lanier's button collection exhibit at the Crestview Public Library>>

Valparaiso residents Don and Barb Lanier have been collecting buttons for 36 years. Their exhibit spans a wide range of subjects and vintages.

The buttonologists — "I didn't know there was such a word," reference librarian Sandra Dreaden said — display buttons ranging in subject matter from animal life to heraldic symbols.

Materials include buttons made of glass, gems, metals and locks of human hair, and buttons Barb Lanier made from pine straw.

There are clay buttons produced by American Indians, West German "moonglows" and Swiss livery buttons bearing noble families' crests.

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