March 2016

Fred Rogers’ Unfinished Work

In an archival folder dated late 2002, I found this little note. Fred was preparing his commencement address to Dartmouth College (where he had attended as an undergraduate). He jotted down the main idea of his talk on a small piece of stationary from Rollins College (to which he transferred from Dartmouth). This Dartmouth address became one of Fred’s last public speeches....

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35mm color film negative; folder 02-04, neg sleeve125053-C51, neg 24; Life Magazine shoot: WQED studio. The puppets of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe draped over the Neighborhood Trolley tracks in front of King Friday's Castle on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Plugging in with Puppets On-Screen

In a recent e-newsletter for the Fred Rogers Center, early childhood development expert Hedda Sharapan unpacked how and why Fred used puppets with children. He believed that puppets helped adults understand children’s thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Hedda wrote, “Puppets can be powerful learning tools for you [the adult] too. Because they can open the door for some important conversations, they...

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