March 29, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—"Putting Up the Samovar," an exhibition of Russian samovars, will open on Thursday, April 6, at the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College, and continue through Friday, May 26. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The exhibition will display 12 samovars, the urns traditionally used to heat water for tea, as well as traditional accessories and informational material on the uses and cultural importance of these objects of decorative art. The exhibition is the spring project of the Mead Student Docents, a student volunteer group.

The Center for Russian Culture is located on the second floor of the Webster Center at Amherst College, at the intersection of Routes 9 and 116 in Amherst. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Support for this event has been provided by the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, the Lawrence and Suzanne Weiss '62 Fund, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

Further information is available on the Russian Department web site at