In past Holiday Seasons, before so many gift selections went online, we all got lots of gift catalogs. The bounty of items found in those catalogs was detailed by Dixie Trainer, the first editor of SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTOR, in the 2003 Winter Issue. She recommended checking out AND even saving for later perusal catalogs that held pictures of a variety of small and unique buildings. To quote Dixie, “…. souvenir buildings light up, scale down, serve drinks, lie on the floor, play music, organize your books and challenge the mind.” Click here to be taken to the full article from 2003. And enjoy a trip to Christmas Past.
The SOUVENIR BUILDING COLLECTORS SOCIETY website has lots of useful features. It is divided into a PUBLIC section (anyone can visit and view) and a MEMBERS ONLY section (for members of the SBCS).
The PUBLIC section TABS include:
- HOME: The home page is SBCS’ face to the public. Here is where updates on activities, interesting programs, articles, stories from members are posted intermittently. If you want to stay current with SBCS programs, over to the right is a spot where you can register to receive an email when a new post goes up. Good way to stay abreast of convention plans. In that same right column there is a search field for the public areas of the website, as well as a listing of recent posts and a listing of categories. All of these can make a search a little easier.
- ABOUT SBCS: A HISTORY of the organization which begins in 1995; IN THE MEDIA – listings with links to articles and videos in local and national publications about Souvenir Buildings and their collectors; PAST CONVENTIONS – summary of locales and the commemorative souvenir.
- 2017 CONVENTION: Updates on the upcoming annual Convention.
- MEMBERSHIP: List of SBCS membership benefits and link to membership application and payment.
- SALES: There are two links under this tab, one for COMMERCIAL sales by sellers who are members of SBCS – link to the member’s commercial site can be provided, the second is for INDIVIDUAL members who would like to offer some of their collection publicly. In both instances the transaction is between the buyer and seller – SBCS only provides the means of contact. Take a look and see if you would like to take advantage of this member benefit. In the past there have been a couple of offers in the individual section.
- CONTACT US: This tab allows you to send an email message to the site, which is reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate person. It also is a conduit for questions about souvenir buildings.
- LINKS: There are number of links to other sites that can be used for networking, browsing, and research. You can link to the Souvenir Building Collectors’ Facebook page (a closed group – but open to accepting new friends – SBCS membership not required), The Building Collector blog, National Building Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture, The Still Bank Collectors, etc.
The MEMBERS ONLY section (TAB) includes access to:
- BANTHRICO BUILDINGS THEN & NOW (downloadable pdf) by Lance Oldham
- Building Exchange / Sales: member to member, also has a Wanted page
- Convention Photos taken by members over a number of years
- SBCS Newletter: Listing of back issues with links to each (downloadable pdf); Updated Indexes of Articles & Features, Authors, and Topics.
- Officers: Listing of present Society Officers.
Here’s a photo of a vintage Navy Pier souvenir building as A REMINDER THAT WE MEET IN THE FALL OF 2017 IN CHICAGO!
There are lots of reasons to renew (or start) your Souvenir Building Collectors Society membership.
Sharing your passion for small edifices with others of like mind.
Receiving the Souvenir Building Collector, The Journal of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society, 3 times per year.
Access to the Members Only Section of the SBCSociety website with its collection of reference materials that include Volumes 1 to 23 of the SBCS Journal and Lance Oldham’s Banthrico Buildings Then & Now.
Access to the Members Only Section of the SBCSociety website pages with buildings for exchange or sale and a wanted list.
THE ANNUAL CONVENTION! Three days of exceptional tours, friendships, and trading!
Individual Memberships are USD $35.00 ($40.00 Foreign). Family/Household Memberships are USD $70.00 ($80.00 Foreign). Click here to reach the Membership Page.
The 2016 Souvenir Building Collectors Society Convention in Los Angeles is history. Yet no one who attended will forget the camaraderie, the tours, the member exhibits, the swaps, sales, raffle and auction action. The 2016 Convention Commemorative, made by InFocus Tech, of Hollyhock House will keep the memories bright.
Besides the Commemorative Souvenir Building of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, a handout listing souvenir buildings and monuments in the LA area was distributed. Click here to download a pdf of the listings.
The 2017 Convention will be held in Chicago in October. Planning is underway and updates will be posted on this website on the 2017 Convention page. Keep watching.
The SBCS Convention 2016 will be held in Los Angeles. Here is your chance to share your passion for miniature buildings, monuments, statues and landmarks with others who are just as nutty as you are about these little gems. The event organizers are looking for local Southern California members, past members, or future members who are anxious to share their collections with Souvenir Building Collectors Society convention attendees.
As one convention organizer put it, “ Though I had been a member of SBCS for many years, I had never been involved until the last local Convention which was held in Pasadena in 2009. I was hooked, and have attended every annual Convention since.”
This year’s event will be held on June 9 -10 -11, 2016. Our base of operation will be the Embassy Suites hotel near LAX. One of the main draws for many attendees is the opportunity to see other SBCS Members’ collections. We are looking for Members who would be interested in showcasing their collection by being part of a Progressive Collection Tour around the Los Angeles area.
If you are not centrally located in the Los Angeles area, but would be interested in showcasing highlights from your collection, other arrangements such as displays at the Convention hotel or at other Members homes might be arranged. We have done this successfully in the past.
If you have interest in showcasing your collection please send the organizer an email letting us know of your interest.
Tie the proverbial string around your finger! Or just make a list or a note to yourself!
- Don’t forget to bring your Show-and-Tell buildings.
- Bring your Bidding Strategy and Dinero (Cash) for the Saturday Night Auction Action.
- Remember to pack some goodies to donate for the raffle.
- Be prepared to Swap and Shop at the annual SWAP Meet on Saturday morning.
FRIDAY, MAY 1
Hospitality Room (in hotel): Where you can pick up Registration Packets and drop off Raffle Items. Wed. 3 – 5 PM, Thurs & Fri. 10 AM – 12 Noon, and in afternoon.
City of Orlando Walking Tour: Conducted by members of the City of Orlando Historical Society. Will end at City Hall for SBCS Exhibit of Souvenir Buildings. 8:30 AM Friday – Meet in hotel lobby.
A quick tour will be offered to late arrivals in the afternoon and end at the City Hall SBCS Exhibit.
Meet & Greet: Light Dinner and Dessert with Hosts Marty and Jakob. Venue for Show-and-Tell with a theme of “recent finds or super favorite finds.” Sign-up in Hospitality Room for Shuttle or Car Pool. Walkable Distance. Early Evening Friday.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
- Annual Business Meeting
- SBCS Swap Meet
- Bus Tour to Lakeland, FL and historic Southern College
- Cocktails, Dinner, Auction and Raffle
SUNDAY, MAY 3
Oh so many choices. Meet for breakfast then onto personal interests – Cape Canaveral to Hogwarts, Antiques to Disney World.
The Count-down has begun.
Seven (7) more days to register and receive a discount to the 2105 SBCS Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Twenty-two (22) days to the opening of the SBCS Exhibit of Souvenir Buildings at the Orlando City Hall.
Twenty-seven (27) days before Souvenir Building Collectors begin arriving at the Embassy Suites – Downtown Orlando.
Twenty-eight (28) days before a meet-greet-eat soiree at Marty & Jakob’s.
Twenty-nine (29) days before the Business Meeting, SBCS Swap Meet, Bus Tour to Lakeland, SBCS Dinner, Auction, and Raffle.
Thirty (30) days before some SBCS members head to Cape Canaveral for a peek at the Kennedy Space Center.
RESOLUTION 1: Attend the 2015 SBCS Convention in Orlando, May 1, 2, and 3. Click here to be taken to the 2015 Convention page.
RESOLUTION 2: Provide ONE or more souvenir buildings for the SBCS Display in Orlando City Hall Public Exhibit. SBCS Members click here for more information regarding the exhibit.
The SBCS Convention Hotel (Millennium Maxwell Hotel) has extended the deadline to receive room discounts.
If you have not yet signed up for the SBCS convention – you can still get the special convention rate at the Millennium Hotel if you call or visit their website by Friday, October 3rd. Spaces are filling up fast and Thursday night is already sold out.
Please call the Millennium Maxwell Hotel directly at 800-457-4460 and give them the “SBC” group code – 1410SBCCON or go to their website at: www.maxwellhousehotel.com.
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Now is a great time to renew your annual membership and it’s easy to do. If you need a membership form to send a check or want to simply renew your membership online via PayPal, Click here to use this link to the SBCS Membership Site.
Remember, the SBCS has One-Year Individual Memberships at $35 and One-Year Family/Household Memberships at $70. Memberships outside the US are slightly higher at $40 and $80 respectively.
Here are the benefits of SBCS membership:
· A one year subscription to the Souvenir Building Collector, published three times a year.
· Annual membership directory.
· Free 35 word classified ad in the newsletter for three consecutive issues.
· Invitations to member-only events, such as regional meetings and national conventions.
· Back issues of the newsletter for sale to members only.
· Lots of fun, and a great opportunity to build your collection. You’ll also find people who will actually enjoy seeing or hearing about your buildings.
There is a special reason to renew your SBCS membership right now – this new website includes a “Members Only” section.
The SBCS is the only organization that supports our very special interest of collecting and enjoying souvenir buildings. Please join with your fellow collectors and renew your membership today.
And again, thank you for your loyal support of the SBCS.