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The annual Halloween ghost watch will occur with Nationality Rooms' Director E. Maxine Bruhns. 

Halloween 2016

The Japanese Nationality Room Committee invites you to come and bid on authentic and beautiful Japanese items for a fundraiser event.  Proceeds will go toward summer study abroad scholarships for Pitt students to study in Japan. 

Items include:

 Kimonos (Japanese traditional clothing)

Yukatas (Cotton kimonos for relaxation)

Obis (sash for kimonos)

Traditional Dolls (authentic Japanese dolls wearing kimonos)

Framed Japanese Art

Chinaware (teapots/cups, plates, etc.)

Books and Comics (written in Japanese)

12:00-1:30 pm: Luncheon and Preview

1:30-2:30 pm:   Silent Auction

                             (open to public)

2:30-3:00 pm:   Musical Entertainment and Closing


To RSVP, or if you have questions, please contact:

Sono Takano Hayes

412-741-3313  •



View silent auction items on Flickr

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For the first time in ninety years, objects donated to the Nationality Rooms are now on view in an interactive web experience.  Click the Resources tab to find the link to a brand new searchable, descriptive gallery of the treasures of the Nationality Rooms!  Many are never before publically seen items or are those that are not on view in the Rooms themselves.  Search by either ethnicity or category, or refine your search with both.

Artifacts Now Live

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter is now available online.

Spring 2016 newsletter