2016 Tours

NATIONAL BUTTON SOCIETY
ANNUAL CONVENTION
MINING IN BUTTON MOUNTAINS
August 1-6, 2016
(showroom open to the public August 4-6)

The Crowne Plaza
Denver International Airport Convention Center
15500 E 40th Avenue   Denver, Colorado

TOURS

 

GEORGETOWN LOOP TRAIN AND LEBANON MINE TOUR

The price of this tour includes a box lunch. The Georgetown Loop Railroad® was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. Today, the Loop is once again a popular tourist attraction and an exceptional way to see the Clear Creek Valley.  The Loop takes you between Georgetown and Silver Plume, over 2 miles apart. The tracks scale an elevation of 640 feet over mountainous terrain, requiring trestles, cuts, fills, loops, and curves totaling 3.1 miles of narrow gauge track.

Your train ride will be enhanced with a walking tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine, located at the halfway point on the railroad. The tour takes you 500 feet into a mine tunnel bored in the 1870s. Your guide will point out rich veins of silver and tell you about early-day mining. The temperature inside the mine is a constant 44 degrees Fahrenheit, so bring a jacket or buy one in the gift store. The tour also includes visits to the manager’s office and the miners’ change room.

 

BROWN PALACE AFTERNOON TEA AND GHOST TOUR

No visit to Denver is complete without experiencing the long-standing tradition of Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel.  With tea pastries, scones, tea sandwiches and Devonshire cream shipped directly from England served to the soft sounds of a harpist or pianist, this is truly an experience you won’t soon forget. Top off your visit to the second-oldest operating hotel in Denver with the “Ghost Tour.”  A hotel that has hosted countless people including presidents since its 1892 opening is bound to have a few lingering guests who never really “checked out.”

JHB MUSEUM TOUR

JHB was started in 1969 by Jean Barr and for 45 years the company flourished providing the fashion and craft industries with unique quality buttons.  During these years Mrs. Barr maintained a record of the thousands of button designs JHB sold.  She also acquired a treasure-trove of gifts and memorabilia from her world travels all of which she proudly displayed in her “JHB Museum.”  Following the closing of JHB Buttons in 2014, the contents of Mrs. Barr’s Museum was briefly sent to storage. Former employee, Lisa Lambright, asked Jean’s son, Jay, if she could house the Museum at her new business, The Great Create.  A new, temporary home for the Museum was found and Lisa has graciously opened up the museum for this convention.  There are two ways to tour the Museum:

  1. Formal Tour:  On Sunday, July 31st, transportation will be provided to The Great Create and Lisa Lambright, along with Jay Barr, will serve as your guide to the collection.
  2. Self-Guided Tour:  Those with their own transportation may purchase a ticket and visit the Museum during special NBS hours on Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30. Spend as much time as you want to research and study independently.

The Museum will have sample trays from all the eras JHB conducted business plus gifts and memorabilia from world travels.  Printed guides will also be available.  Do not miss a chance to visit this wonderful Museum before it is moved to its permanent home.