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.

Date Made: ca 1968 - 1984

Wearer: Rogers, FredMaker: Flagg, Nancy

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: TelevisionUsed: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood {Television Program}General Subject Association: TelevisionSubject: Children's television programs


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Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History, National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition

Credit Line: Gift of Fred Rogers

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0219.01Accession Number: 1984.0219Catalog Number: 1984.0219.01

Object Name: sweater

Physical Description: fiber, acrylic (overall material)metal (zipper material)Measurements: overall: 27 in x 31 in; 68.58 cm x 78.74 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-faae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_680637

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