About the Society

What is a Souvenir Building?
Simply put, a souvenir building is a three-dimensional, miniature version of an actual building, monument, statue, bridge, etc. Actually, it is a distillation of architecture into metal, plastic, resin or whatever. Souvenir buildings trigger a memory of a building or a structure, a time, a place, or perhaps a person. Maybe all of those things. They make our hearts beat faster when we find them ... and they make others ask ... Why?

If you're the one with the pounding heart, look further into our site, join the Souvenir Building Collectors Society and subscribe to our newsletter.

What is the Souvenir Building Collectors Society?
The SBCS was formed in 1994 by a small group of avid collectors meeting in California. Everyone chipped in $10 to cover the cost of printing and mailing a newsletter to see if there were other collectors out there. Soon we were receiving messages that seemed to come from people stranded on the edge of the universe: "Thank God I found you! I thought I was the only one out here collecting these things!"

Currently there are about 200 members in the US, Canada, Finland, and Germany. We hold an annual meeting which has taken place in New York City twice, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Montreal (our first International Convention), San Francisco, Gettysburg, Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Dallas .

What are the benefits of membership?

  • A one year subscription to the Souvenir Building Collector, published three times a year.
  • Annual membership directory.
  • Free 35 word classified ad 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.

How do I join?

Print and complete the Souvenir Building Collectors Society Membership Application. (Your membership year begins when your check clears.)

Dues are $35 per year. Canadian and foreign members add $10.00 to cover additional airmail postage. Make check or money order (US funds drawn on a US bank) payable to the SBCS.

Send completed form and mail with check to: 

Alan H. Hays, Membership Director


987 Safflower Court

Rockwall Texas 75087-6106

If you cannot print this form, email us and we will be glad to send you a membership application.

You will receive the current issue of the newsletter and the Membership Directory when your check clears.

Welcome to the Souvenir Building Collectors Society!


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