Library, history departments exhibit miniature soldiers, sailors & ships

Houston Public Library’s Texas and Local History Department will host an exhibit of Miniature Soldiers. Sailors & Model Ships, during March. This private collection belongs to Jerry E. Finger of Finger Interests, Ltd. The collection will be on display Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

The Texas and Local History Department, is located in the historic Julia Ideson Building, at 500 McKinney, downtown. The exhibit will be located on the first floor, with additional materials from the Texas Room on the second floor.

Mr. Finger’s passion for history has been the motivation behind his interest in collecting historical miniature soldiers, sailors, and model ships. It has taken him several years to put together this historically valuable collection of miniature soldiers of American, British, French and other Imperial Armies, from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

The exhibit consists of a number of unique, one-of-a-kind and a limited edition of miniature soldiers and sailors, as well as, numerous model ships. The collection displays soldiers and sailors of the various centuries dressed in their colorful uniforms, holding flags, and pennants. Some cavalry mounts will also be on display. The model ships and other nautical memorabilia include historical information and statistics.

For more information, please contact Will Howard, acting manager of the Texas and Local History Department at 832-393-1662 or visit Houston Public Library’s Web site at