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Latrobe named to Smithsonian top 20 small towns

Jamie Martines
| Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
The Greensburg Fire Department Marching Band stands at parade rest along Weldon Street during the Independence Day parade in Latrobe on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
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The Greensburg Fire Department Marching Band stands at parade rest along Weldon Street during the Independence Day parade in Latrobe on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
Fred Rogers and David Newell, as Speedy Delivery's Mr. McFeely, stand on the front porch set while filming an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Thursday is WQED 'Cardigan Day' to honor the late Fred Rogers. The station will set up four locations with sweaters where fans can take a selfie and post it to social media with the hashtag #cardiganday and #sweaterweather.
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Fred Rogers and David Newell, as Speedy Delivery's Mr. McFeely, stand on the front porch set while filming an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Thursday is WQED 'Cardigan Day' to honor the late Fred Rogers. The station will set up four locations with sweaters where fans can take a selfie and post it to social media with the hashtag #cardiganday and #sweaterweather.
Dave and Julie Ehman work together putting up their Fourth of July decorations along their porch railing Friday, June 30, 2017 at their home on Ligonier Street in Latrobe in preparation for the city's Fourth of July parade.
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Dave and Julie Ehman work together putting up their Fourth of July decorations along their porch railing Friday, June 30, 2017 at their home on Ligonier Street in Latrobe in preparation for the city's Fourth of July parade.
Avril Churley, 2, of Latrobe takes a front-row seat at the Latrobe Fourth of July Parade on Ligonier Street.
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Avril Churley, 2, of Latrobe takes a front-row seat at the Latrobe Fourth of July Parade on Ligonier Street.
Latrobe Area Historical Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. Shown in this 2016 photo, Gail Kessler observes the many artifacts inside the new site at 416 Weldon St. during its grand opening in October of that year. The historical society houses a paper library, historical memorabilia, a genealogy research section, a 40-seat auditorium and a one-room school replica.
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Latrobe Area Historical Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. Shown in this 2016 photo, Gail Kessler observes the many artifacts inside the new site at 416 Weldon St. during its grand opening in October of that year. The historical society houses a paper library, historical memorabilia, a genealogy research section, a 40-seat auditorium and a one-room school replica.
A pedestrian walks past a mural along Depot Street in Latrobe on Jan. 20, 2016.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
A pedestrian walks past a mural along Depot Street in Latrobe on Jan. 20, 2016.

Outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and fans of Mr. Rogers can all find something to love about Latrobe, according to Smithsonian.com.

The publication named Latrobe to its list of the 20 best small towns to visit in 2018.

For those gearing up for the debut of the Mr. Rogers documentary this weekend, Smithsonian recommends checking out the Fred Rogers Archives at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.

The publication also suggests paying homage to pro-golfer Arnold Palmer and the town's "two other greats: Rolling Rock beer and the banana split."

The town's annual Great American Banana Split Celebration will take place in August.

Latrobe's Four Seasons Brewing Company and Pub is also on the menu, along with Italian restaurant and cigar bar DiSalvo's Station.

In order to be considered, the towns must have a population under 20,000 and offer a bit of history, culture and natural beauty.

Corning, New York also made the list. There, Smithsonian suggests checking out The Rockwell Museum, where you can also find a little bit of Pittsburgh charm: Housed in the original Corning City Hall building, the museum features a gallery devoted to Andy Warhol.

If you're looking for a break from the 'burgh, the list includes destinations as far as Hanapepe, Hawaii--home to the Manawaiopuna Falls, featured in the opening scene of Jurassic Park--and Kodiak, Alaska.

A complete list is available at the Smithsonian website.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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