Volunteers Needed for Two Outstanding Exhibits This Season St. Petersburg, Florida (September 29, 2003) The Florida International Museum (FIM) is sending out a call for museum volunteers to assist with two special exhibits this season. Russian Odyssey: Riches of the State Russian Museum, features 800 years of Russian history. The first of its kind exhibit will be open November 2, 2003 and run through April 4, 2004. The display of more than 300 objects is part of a ten year agreement between FIM and the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Baseball As America will be the featured display December 13, 2003 through March 6, 2004. The exhibit is organized by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The St. Petersburg tour stop is the fifth of ten across the country.

“ These exhibits promise to be the most exciting exhibits the area has had since Treasures of the Czars and Titanic,” said Kathy Oathout, executive director. Volunteers will work three hour shifts and greet visitors, take tickets and monitor the 18,000 square feet of gallery space during these two special shows.

The museum will be open Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, (Friday until 8:00 PM), and Sunday’s 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The box office closes at 4:00 PM. Anyone interested in volunteering may attend one of two 30-minute information sessions on Tuesday, October 7 at 5:00 PM or Thursday, October 9 at 2:00 PM at the museum. For more information, please contact Windy Crowder, Volunteer Coordinator at 727.822.3693, ext. 272, or visit floridamuseum.org.

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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.