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Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
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Fred Rogers (The Fred Rogers Company)
Today, when the invitation “Won’t you be my neighbor?” may sometimes be a fraught question, it’s no wonder that the gentle warmth and sensitivity of the man who most famously posed it are qualities we long to see more often in daily life. Fred Rogers, whose beloved television program invited children into his neighborhood for nearly four decades, is having a resurgence in the cultural spotlight with a postage stamp, a new documentary film, and an upcoming biopic, You Are My Friend, starring Tom Hanks.
Join Karen Struble Myers of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to examine how Fred Rogers' small-town childhood shaped his thoughtful children's programming. Myers explores his creative process for “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” the impact the show had on viewers, and the lessons its creator taught millions. She also reveals why the question “What would Fred Rogers do?” is a particularly apt one today.
Archivist Emily Uhrin serves as a guide to an accompanying pop-up exhibit of items from the college’s Fred Rogers Archive, offering a chance to hear the stories behind the memorabilia and rekindle your acquaintance with everyone’s favorite neighbor.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)