Edina's first homecoming button, 1949
Edina High School no longer makes homecoming buttons.
Your response will likely reveal how long ago you watched the Hornets sting Minnetonka or hurt Hopkins. If you're surprised like I am, let's just say you've been out of school for a while. If you wonder what a homecoming button is, you're closer to the age of one of our high school volunteers who told me students now wear homecoming shirts to the big game.
Huh. I felt as old as I do when visiting second-graders wonder where the screen is on a manual typewriter or what an album is.
We have dozens of homecoming buttons in our collection. Even without knowing buttons were things of the past, I have seen them as pieces of pop art that reveal the values and styles of the years they were made.
I love the other school buttons too: "Edina The Team You Love to Hate" or "Ed1na" with a big number 1 replacing the letter I.
Thank you to Carolyn Schroeder and Patricia Bender for their recent button donations to our collection. It has prompted us to comb our collections to see what years we're missing.
And now, of course, we will have to acquire homecoming shirts as well.
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