University of Pittsburgh
November 21, 2002

Pitt Nationality Rooms Decorated for the Holidays

Contact:  412-624-4147

November 22, 2002

PITTSBURGH––The University of Pittsburgh's 26 Nationality Rooms, which encircle the Cathedral of Learning's Commons Room, will be trimmed in traditional holiday splendor beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Nearly 100 people representing the rooms' various ethnic backgrounds will participate.

Each year the rooms are decorated to reflect their ethnic customs, and tour guides adapt their daily presentations to include descriptions of holiday traditions celebrated throughout the world.

Tours of the transformed rooms will run from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. The "Holiday Open House," an annual event to showcase the decorated rooms, is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Commons Room.

From Nov. 24 through Dec. 23, rooms will be open Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., with the last tour starting each day at 2:30 p.m. From Dec. 26 through 30, the rooms will be open at 11 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 2:30 p.m. The rooms are closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens, and 50 cents for children ages

8 to 18. Children under 8 are admitted free. For more information call 412-624-6000.