Mister Rogers' Sweater

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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
Date made
ca 1968 - 1984
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
Credit Line
Gift of Fred Rogers
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood {Television Program}
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


Please please PLEASE put the sweater back on display. The world needs it more than ever.
Hello, Thank you for your interest in the Entertainment Collection at the National Museum of American History. We share your enthusiasm for Mister Rogers and his sweater but we must balance our desire to give every visitor a chance to see the sweater with our mission to preserve the object, which means giving it rest to slow deterioration due to the effects of gravity, light, heat, and humidity. That being said, we are excited to have the opportunity to display it this year in an exhibition on the history of children's television, T is for Television, from late November 2017 through May 2018. I hope that you will be able to visit to view the sweater in this temporary exhibition, and treasure the thought that many thousands will have the experience of seeing it during that time.
Thank you for displaying Mister Rogers' sweater again. I look forward to visiting the museum this winter.
"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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