Mister Rogers' Sweater

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sweater
sweater, worn by Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) on children's TV show of the same name
Date made
1968-1984
Associated Date
1968-2001
user
Rogers, Fred
Physical Description
fiber, acrylic (overall material)
metal (zipper material)
Measurements
overall: 27 in x 31 in; 68.58 cm x 78.74 cm
ID Number
1984.0219.01
accession number
1984.0219
catalog number
1984.0219.01
subject
Television
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood {Television Program}
Television
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Please please PLEASE put the sweater back on display. The world needs it more than ever.
"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. "
I would travel the world to see that sweater.
"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."
This is one of the most requested artifacts at the American History Museum. It would be nice to see it on view.
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.

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