"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 7 March 2002

Exhibit of “Miniature Soldiers, Sailors & Model Ships” at the Houston Public Library Texas and Local History Department

During the month of March 2002, the Texas and Local History Collection of the Houston Public Library (the Texas Room) will host an Exhibit of "Miniature Soldiers, Sailors & Model Ships" from the private collection of Jerry E. Finger, of Finger Interests, Ltd.

The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will take place on the first floor of the Julia Ideson Building, located at 500 McKinney Avenue and Smith Street. The Texas Room, located on the second floor, will have material related to the Texas Navy on display.

Built in 1926, the Ideson Building is a historic Spanish Renaissance Revival-style structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Over a long period of time, Mr. Finger has collector of miniature soldiers, sailors and model ships. He is a student history and his collection includes historical miniatures of soldiers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries of the American, British, French and other Imperial Armies.

The exhibit will consist of a number of unique, one-of-a-kind and limited edition miniature soldiers and sailors as well as numerous model ships. The toy soldiers and sailors have colorful uniforms, flags, pennants, and include some cavalry mounts. The ships and other nautical memorabilia will include some history and statistics.

For a map and directions to the Julia Ideson Building, visit: http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/hpl/branches/jib_home.html.

For more information, contact Lynna Kay Shuffield, the volunteer coordinator for exhibit.

"Thorndale Champion"

Beginning this week, I am very pleased to announce this column will now appear in the Thorndale Champion newspaper.

"Book Review"

At Rest: A Historical Directory of Harris County, Texas Cemeteries (1822-2001), revised edition by Trevia Wooster Beverly (telephone: 713/864-6862 or e-mail: TREVIAWBEVERLY@aol.com), 222 pages, 81/2"x11", index, spiral bound, cost: $50 includes shipping and sales tax. Order from Tejas Publications at 2507 Tannehill Dr., Houston, Texas 77008-3052.

At Rest is a must have reference book for any public or genealogy society library. This book will be especially useful to family historians and others seeking the location of the "lost" and little-known cemeteries of Harris County, Texas.

It includes information regarding burial customs and other interesting cemetery facts. In addition, it has a list of past and present: communities, funeral homes and monument companies of Harris County, Texas.

Each cemetery is listed in alphabetical order with founding dates and facts, references if it has been transcribed and published, references to newspaper articles, as well as giving the Key Map locations. In the instances of very small or unusual graveyards, the personal names are given with a full-name index included in the book.

Other interesting items included: a chronological list of major Houston Cemeteries, 1826-1935; a list of African-American cemeteries; a list of early Houston hospitals (1837-1949) with names of many physicians; sea burials, space burials, and fetus burials; and, a bibliography.

You will discovery a unique aspect of Harris County history as you read about its cemeteries, early communities and inhabitants. In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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