Supporting the Arts on First Night

First Night Button History


Artist Gailyn Gates created the first button in 1991 incorporating patriotic colors in a beach ball swirl. After the first year, the First Night committee decided to do a series of buttons based on Chatham landmarks and important features which would take us to the Millennium. With this in mind, we did the following buttons: a wave, the lighthouse, a fishing boat, the bandstand, the library, the railroad station, and the Chase Park windmill. The button for the Millennium was shaped differently–a rectangle– and we also made a metal version which people still wear as pins. It was the Chatham skyline. Since then there have been other buttons with Chatham landmarks . . .

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