From a cottage that looks like it belongs in Sherwood Forest to a fully stocked modern tool shed, welcome to the world of Karen Hennigan’s Miniatures.

During the next few months, Peters Township Public Library is displaying the diminutive creations of the late Mrs. Hennigan, whose family members wanted the public to be able to appreciate the extent of her talents.


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A cottage evokes thoughts of a long-ago era.

“After Karen had passed away, we got quite a few memorials for her, for crafting books, miniature books, dollhouse books and things like that,” said library director Lacey Love, who added those items are part of the display. “So if people are interested in learning more about the subject or maybe are interested in picking up the hobby on their own, the books are right there for them to check out.”

Mrs. Hennigan was a steadfast member of the Three Rivers Miniature Club, which meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Eat’n Park, 3380 Washington Road, Peters Township.


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The riverboat on display looks as if it just might be riverworthy.

She also was a loyal patron of the library, which serves as an ideal venue for her creations to be viewed.

“It’s been fun to see the teenagers, when they’re done with their tutoring, come over and take a look,” Love said. “So I think it’s hitting a different age group, as well.”

As part of the display, a guest book is available for visitors to sign and write a bit about their favorite pieces or what really impresses them.

“We’re planning on giving that back to the family once the loan is over of the display,” Love said.

For example, someone may rave about the stately riverboat, with adornments including a tiny lifeboat. Or a room full of even more minuscule household items could draw particular praise.

Whatever the case, the duly impressed library director said that creating petite objets d’art represented something special for Mrs. Hennigan, according to members of her family:

“She had a variety of hobbies and creative things that she was into, but the miniatures were kind of her passion.”


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A well-stocked tool collection is essential for all homes, even miniature ones.

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Staff writer Harry Funk, a professional journalist for three-plus decades, has been on the staff of The Almanac since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master of business administration, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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