Mister Rogers' Sweater

This red knit cardigan was worn by Fred Rogers, creator and host of the children's program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (PBS, 1968-2001). For more than thirty years, Rogers began each episode by changing into a sweater and tennis shoes and singing, "Won't you be my neighbor?"
An ordained Presbyterian minister, Rogers dedicated his television career to promoting children's emotional and moral well-being. His show, with its friendly conversational style and trips to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, encouraged young viewers to feel loved, respected, and special.
Currently not on view
Object Name
sweater, worn by Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) on children's TV show of the same name
Date made
Associated Date
Rogers, Fred
Physical Description
fiber, acrylic (overall material)
metal (zipper material)
overall: 27 in x 31 in; 68.58 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Clothing & Accessories
Family & Social Life
Popular Entertainment
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood {Television Program}
National Treasures exhibit
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National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Fred Rogers
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL

Visitor Comments

6/17/2014 8:34:36 PM
Sharon Scarborough
Fred Rogers you were the best! So many children learned so much from your television show! We miss you so very much! May you rest in peace.
3/21/2015 9:41:18 AM
Linda Berg
This is one of the most requested artifacts at the American History Museum. It would be nice to see it on view.
6/5/2015 5:07:24 PM
Benjamin Warheit
I whole-heartedly agree with Linda Berg's comment. As silly as it may seem, when I think of a specific artifact housed by the Smithsonian, this sweater is the first to come to mind. It is the iconic item of the man who was cherished by generations of American children, now grown up, traveling, and longing to see this comforting piece of their childhoods and our culture's history alongside all of DC's monuments to war and government.
2/14/2016 12:15:24 AM
Nicholas Chuchman
I would travel the world to see that sweater.
5/25/2016 10:47:14 PM
Please put it back on view, I wanted to bring my children to see it but it's not on display.. I grew up with him and with his shows being available on demand (along with the new animated show) it's just as relevant as it was before.
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