It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful and influential children’s television shows in American history. As part of Remake Learning Days, join representatives from The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College for a special event, Rewinding “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” that will reveal taped conversations between Fred Rogers and his chief consultant, Dr. Margaret McFarland, for the first time ever. Hedda Sharapan, a PNC Senior Fellow at The Fred Rogers Center and colleague of Rogers for over 50 years, will explain how Rogers’ relationship with Dr. McFarland shaped the show’s content and direction. Throughout the program, Sharapan will offer her unique perspective on what helped Rogers become such an effective communicator and share never-before-heard discussions on what inspired him to write each show.
Visitors who attend the Rewinding “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” event can also purchase admission to experience the original set and puppets from the legendary children’s show on display in the History Center’s Special Collections Gallery. The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood display features the entryway and living room set that Mister Rogers walked through to begin each show, King Friday XIII’s Castle, the Great Oak Tree, McFeely’s “Speedy Delivery” tricycle, and much more.