Spring City Woman Presides Over the 73-Year-Old Pennsylvania State Button Society

Image of Karen Finkbiner via Tim Tai, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Despite some recent setbacks, the 73-year-old Pennsylvania State Button Society is planning to be around for a long time to come, according to president Karen Finkbiner, a Spring City resident, writes Jason Nark for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The group has around 115 members and seven smaller clubs under its umbrella, including Finkbiner’s Pennsylvania Dutch Button Club.

Like everything else, the organization has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic that forced the cancelation of its spring show in Berks County. Now, the Society is hoping to have its fall show in October at a hotel in Pittsburgh.

But that is not the only thing that is creating issues for the Society. Recently, allegations have emerged that one of its longtime members had stolen as much as $13,000 in club funds.

This affects the group significantly, as their biannual shows “basically pay for themselves,” said Finkbiner. “We don’t really make any money.”

To try to overcome this setback, the organization has started a GoFundMe campaign.

Read more about the Pennsylvania State Button Society in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.


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