"Breathe Easier" Button


Since its founding in 1892, the San Francisco-based Sierra Club fought mainly to preserve the nation’s wildlands. In the aftermath of the first Earth Day, the club expanded its range of environmental campaigns, as illustrated on this button from the 1970s.

The button is among the more than 1,500 pin-backed environmental buttons that Gerald H. Meral donated to the National Museum of American History. Meral spent his career addressing natural resource concerns for the California state government and California-based non-governmental organizations. He began assembling his button collection in 1970.

Subject: Environmental Movement


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences, Government, Politics, and Reform, Health & Medicine, American Enterprise, Environmental Buttons

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0014.1146Accession Number: 2003.0014Catalog Number: 2003.0014.1146

Object Name: button

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: .33 cm x 5.5 cm; 1/8 in x 2 5/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-8f7f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1284677

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