Mister Rogers entered our homes with his gentle, soft-spoken personality and his positive and affirming messages - and he won our hearts.
Most people in America love Mr. Rogers, but as per usual, Pittsburghers do it bigger and better. Why do we have such a strong affinity for Fred Rogers? It begins at home - he was born and raised in Latrobe, Pennsylvania only about 40 miles from Pittsburgh! Because of that, there are lots of places around Pittsburgh for you to get your Mr. Rogers fix! In fact, visitors from all over the country can now follow a three-day, self-guided Fred Rogers Trail along 15 key sites in his life that spans across Western Pennsylvania.
Visit FRED ROGERS MEMORIES - a series celebrating the legacy of Fred Rogers and how he's inspired the children’s museum. See artifacts from the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” show, including original puppets, Fred's iconic sneakers, photos, and videos. And plunk out a familiar Mister Rogers song on our new piano! On display in MuseumLab. Visit a pop-up version of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit in the Museum’s Nursery - sit on the Trolley, share a learning strategy, and try on a red sweater for a photo op.
What if you're not a child but young at heart and want to reminisce? The Heinz History Center has you covered. They are featuring a “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood” exhibit in their special collections gallery with the largest collection of original items from the Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood television set on public view - including the life-like figure of Mr. Rogers wearing his iconic sweater, necktie, khakis, and sneakers. Highlights from the "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" installation include:
There are two wonderful and unique places where locals and tourists alike can pay homage to Mister Rogers. Make sure to check out "Tribute to Children", the ten foot bronze sculpture of Fred at North Shore Drive (located between Heinz Field and PNC Park). This statue captures him in a familiar pose, sitting down and tying his sneakers with a gorgeous view of Pittsburgh in the foreground.
Although most of us have never met Mister Rogers, he has certinally left something of himself with us. As he himself once said:
If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
The story of the beloved TV personality will appear on screen Thanksgiving 2019 and will star Tom Hanks as everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers. Certain parts of the movie were filmed in familiar Pittsburgh locations, including the actual studio where they filmed the original show. The same cameras and lights that lit up Mr. Roger’s face were used in production. Even the ties Hanks wore throughout the movie were Fred’s, generously provided by his wife Joanne.
The recently released trailer opens with stunning views high above the familiar Pittsburgh city skyline, home to “The Fred Rogers Studio.” Filming in downtown Pittsburgh took place in September of 2018 and Hanks was frequently spotted doing research for the film in Rogers’ hometown of Latrobe, PA, just outside the city. Based on a true story, the movie will follow Mr. Rogers as he befriends cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel [Matthew Rhys] who ends up discovering a true American hero famous for his red sweater and unconditional kindness.