|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
- Invitations to member-only events, such as
regional meetings and national conventions.
- Back issues of the newsletter for sale to
- 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
Send completed form and mail with check
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
You will receive the current issue of the
newsletter and the Membership Directory when your check clears.
Welcome to the Souvenir Building