This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the debut of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Rollins College in Winter Park is honoring its famous alumnus with a self-guided walking tour.
Now through March 20, the tour will showcase Mister Rogers’ memorabilia on display at the Rollins College campus.
The tour begins at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, where Mister Rogers’ sweater and sneakers, which he gave to the College, will be on display.
It then visits four other stops:
- Tiedtke Concert Hall, home to a large portrait of Rogers, painted by local artist Don Sondag
- Rogers’ old dormitory at Lyman Hall, which features a stone from his hometown in Latrobe, Pennsylvania
- Strong Hall, where a marble plaque engraved with Rogers’ motivational phrase “Life is for Service,” is mounted
- Olin Library, where his personal collection of books, letters and photos are there for all to see.
Rogers graduated magna cum laude from Rollins College in 1951 with a degree in music composition. He met his wife, Sara Joanne Byrd, while attending classes. In 1996 the McFeely-Rogers Foundation established a scholarship at Rollins for aspiring musicians.
“The walking tour is our way of honoring the time that Fred Rogers spent on our campus as a student and the many ways he continues to influence the Rollins community,” says President Grant Cornwell. “His messages of self-esteem, inclusiveness, and respect still resonate clearly in our community engagement endeavors and beyond.”
For more information, visit rollins.edu.
[Images courtesy Rollins College]
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