Share This Page

State marker in Latrobe to honor Mr. Rogers

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

On some beautiful day in a Latrobe neighborhood, Mister Rogers will be remembered with a blue and gold historical marker.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced on Tuesday that Fred McFeely Rogers, the children's television host and Latrobe native, will be commemorated in a ceremony at James H. Rogers Park at Main and Jefferson streets.

The date for the marker's unveiling has not been decided.

Rogers was 74 when he died almost 11 years ago. He is credited with teaching legions of children how to be compassionate and love themselves on his public television show, “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” during the program's 33-year run, all while wearing his signature cardigans and tennis shoes.

“If you grew up during a certain era, you knew Mister Rogers. It's a part of many Pennsylvanians' childhoods,” said Howard Pollman, spokesman for the state agency that grants the markers.

Rogers' nomination was among 57 applications this year. Twenty-one markers were approved to recognize places, events and people in Pennsylvania history, such as NBA founder Eddie Gottlieb, the World War II-era Stuart tank and 1963 Sheppton Mine disaster.

A person is eligible for a marker 10 years after his or her death.

Through the work of Jarod Trunzo, former Latrobe community engagement coordinator, and 18-year-old intern Mary Vanden Berk of Latrobe, the nomination for Rogers came about after last year's dedication of a marker recognizing the creation of the banana split in the city, said Jim Okonak, executive director of the McFeely-Rogers Foundation.

“The notoriety that the banana split marker brought to the community — people were saying, ‘We should have something here for Fred,' ” Okonak said.

Okonak said officials are planning to place the recognition in James H. Rogers Park, which is named after Fred Rogers' father. It's maintained by the foundation established by the family in 1953.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer forTrib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.