50 Years of Beautiful Days in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 50th anniversary

Welcome to KERA’s super-fan trove of Mister Rogers history, trivia, videos, songs and activities!

On February 19, 1968, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered on PBS and forever changed the landscape of children’s education media.

In 2018, KERA and the Fred Rogers Company commemorated 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a crown jewel of public broadcasting, with a year-long celebration of initiatives, reminiscing and caring for our neighbors.

For more than 50 years, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has made children feel good about themselves. It has promoted values that are timeless and universal. It has provided quality programming based on widely-accepted principles of child development and child psychology.

And now, the award-winning show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood continues to build on the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood legacy.

We’re grateful to have connected with generations of North Texas neighbors through this special program. So, “let’s make the most of this beautiful day,” and join together to emulate the civility and friendship the show encouraged.

1969: Fred Rogers Addresses Congress

“Looks like you just earned the twenty-million dollars.” — Sen. John O. Pastore, chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communication, May 1, 1969

Watch Fred Rogers explain to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communication, with his trademark sincerity and care, what he hoped Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood would accomplish for children:


Relive Mister Rogers Memories


EVENT PICS: Daniel Tiger Movie Screening

We enjoyed meeting fans of Daniel Tiger — Mister Rogers’ heir to the Neighborhood — before the PBS Kids at the Alamo film screening in March 2018!

More Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Can’t get enough? Explore more Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger around the web:

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