Buried deep in my dresser drawers are campaign buttons I kept from when I was a kid and when I first voted.
The oldest is a great big one with a rose on it and the name Margaret Chase Smith--one of the first women to run for the presidential nomination. My mother was on her campaign committee in 1963.
There are others -- Rocky, HHH, McGovern…and of course a whole group of them for Theodore Roosevelt that I used in my book Theodore Roosevelt for Kids.
TR’s campaign buttons are collectibles now. Some of them are quite fancy and still have ribbons attached to them, though they are now more than 100 years old. Click on the photo to see them in detail.
As Chicago Review Press publisher Cynthia Sherry was looking through my manuscript, she wrote up an activity for the book -- something she’d done with her two daughters. Thanks to Cynthia, here’s a recipe for making your own campaign button!