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News & Events
Click here for details of the Lithuanian and Polish Easter egg decorating workshop, on March 7th, 2015.
A short slideshow of the 2014 Open House is posted. Acts included Taiko drummers and Caribbean dance. All funds raised during the sale of food and souvenirs go to the Nationality Rooms Scholarships.
Join the Moroccan Cultural Committee over tea and learn about their culture.
Pictures from the 2014 Chinese Room Scholarship dinner are posted online.
The Play’s the Thing, Vaclav Havel Film Fest- November 15 (5:30 pm- 9 pm), 16 (3 pm.- 5 pm and 7 pm-9 pm) and 17 (6:30 pm- 9:30 pm)
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Czech Consul and the Czechoslovak Room Committee.
The Nationality Rooms will have its Decorating Day on Saturday, November 15th, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. After that point in time, the Nationality Rooms will appear in winter holiday decor through the Saturday of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday weekend 2015.
The latest edition of the Nationality Rooms Newsletter is available online.
Finnish log buildings have existed in the US since Colonial times. All Finnish log houses built at the turn of the 19th century and the remaining Colonial log structures show the same fit locking of the logs that is different from the log houses built by others.
Mr. Frank W. Eld from Idaho has studied these old buildings and visited the Finnish Room Committee in April. He made a presentation of his study on Friday, April 11 at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning Room 1228 at 4:30 p.m.
The Finnish Committee had the honor of having Frank Eld visit the Committee and the Nationality Rooms Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. It was perhaps the best event in the Finnish Room Project since the visit of Anna-Maija Ylimaula in 2005 There is now much more insight to what should go into the Finnish Nationality Classroom in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.
The most striking element which Finnish people have held onto in their lives in Finland and carried with them as pioneers to new countries is the building of log homes and buildings. Living in harsh climates at the mercy of nature, Finnish people have created traditions of well-fitting log construction using available materials. The history of Finland and new Sweden, as well as the achievements of 19th century immigrants during the industrial development and rural homesteading period in the US, clearly identifies these typically Finnish features now part of the American culture.
Mr. Eld gave a demonstration with miniature tools and logs of how the logs were shaped and the special tools used. It left guests with a great appreciation of his study and a deep feeling for the real heritage which has been passed on.