Old Russian Christmas exhibit extended

WARREN – An Old Russian Christmas-themed display at the Sutliff Museum, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., located on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, is being held over through Monday, which marks the Orthodox Christmas.

Sally Thomas, museum curator, said the display will be shown in recognition of the Christmas holiday for people of Russian, Ukrainian and other eastern cultures.

”Many have come to see the exhibit, but others who have not gotten there will have this last week in which to view traditional icons, samovars, nesting dolls, silverware and painted woodenware, among other items from Old Russia,” she said.

The exhibit includes Christmas art and artifacts such as round-bottom vodka cups, colorfully painted wooden dishes and toys under a miniature tree.

Thomas said handmade items decorated with bright folk art are displayed on hand woven linens. One shelf exhibits the religious origins of the St. Nicholas legends featuring a traditional icon of the beloved saint, prayer books and other items from the church.

Thomas said a collection of silver spoons and serving pieces is representative of the importance the holiday enjoyed in Old Russia.

The museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m. today through Saturday. The museum is a memorial to Levi and Phebe Sutliff, Underground Railroad workers in the mid-1800s, and is operated by the Warren Library Association. For information, call 330-399-8807, Ext.121.