We are living in the midst of the largest scale before and after in all the world. We will forever remember the weeks long closure of the world. Unprecedented. It is quite a thing to be acutely in the midst of history being made and without looking back, studying the value, accounting what made up the typical, we will struggle to move forward confidently.

It’s our great privilege to hold history in the highest regard. Searching, studying, unearthing past realities that give an account and explain how we got here. In the months and years to come we will be sorting out what this massive stop of the world meant, why it happened and what it means.

The National Pearl Button Museum continues to be in the ongoing process of summing up that account. We’ve recently stumbled into fortune and continue to polish the pearl that is everyone’s to share; our shared history, in this city, on this great river, home to inventers, entrepreneurs and entertainers.

The Uptown Theatre opened on November 4, 1931, was renamed The Boston on February 3rd, 1971 and on May 3rd, 1983 received its final name, becoming Riviera Theatre until its closing in 1990. Ludy Boston corresponds with Warner Bros regarding the hope of having Iowa boy, Ronald Regan (then under contract with Warner Bros) act of judge for the Button Queen contest. Ludy cites Muscatine’s grand distinction as home to seven button factories to persuade Warner Bros to release Regan for the contest.

It’s been in the works for some time now, but we are pleased to announce the symbolic reopening of our somewhat smaller nonetheless grand-in-heart Uptown Theatre (red velvet curtains and all). Like everything we do here at the button museum, we hope to educate, inspire and offer an experience. Make it your plan to visit our very own Uptown Theatre as we move forward into the next chapter of our amazing city that long ago changed the world and continues to do so to this day.