Fred Rogers’ clothing will be on display at Heinz History Center
More than 20 items of Fred Rogers’ clothing from his beloved children’s show will be added to the Strip District’s Senator John Heinz History Center’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” exhibit, beginning Friday.
The timing is right because the much anticipated “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film about Rogers starring Tom Hanks, also opens Friday.
The clothing — worn by Rogers both personally and professionally — was recently donated to the history center by Rogers’ wife, Joanne.
Items include one of Rogers’ favorite jumpsuits to wear around the house; a black button-up shirt worn behind-the-scenes while doing puppetry for the show; a brown cardigan sweater made by his mother, Nancy McFeely Rogers; and assorted ties and bowties.
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The exhibit is on the fourth floor in the Special Collections Gallery. Also included are the entryway and living room set that Rogers walked through during each episode; King Friday XIII’s castle; The Great Oak Tree, residence of Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl; Mr. McFeely’s “Speedy Delivery” tricycle; and a variety of additional items and puppets from the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe.”
The movie’s art directors, set designers, costume designers and sound engineers visited the museum to examine the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” set pieces and costumes in the history center’s collection.
The exhibit is included with admission of $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $9 for students and children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .