It is always a great pleasure to discover a young person who is excited about history. We are doubly pleased when we find a student interested in our Muscatine Pearl Button History. That is why we were so happy to meet Beth Wilwert and her mother, Jennifer, at the museum. Beth was working on a 4H project about the pearl button industry and creating some button mosaics for display at the county fair.

It turns out that the county fair was just the beginning. Beth’s projects were so excellent that both took Blue Ribbons at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines! Congratulations Beth! Well Done! Thank you for letting us be a part of your project.