Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with KERA

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 50th anniversary

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

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Shoe Drive!

As part of our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and our upcoming Daniel Tiger Be My Neighbor Day, KERA will collect your new and gently-worn children’s, men’s and women’s shoes and donate them to Soles4Souls. We’ll also take new socks!

Bring the shoes and socks to be donated to our Be My Neighbor Day event on Saturday, October 13 from 10am to 1pm at Dallas Heritage Village. It’s a great opportunity for family fun and community service. Learn more about the event here.

Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

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 will commemorate 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 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.

So, “let’s make the most of this beautiful day,” and join together to celebrate the civility and friendship the show encouraged.

We hope to connect with generations of North Texas neighbors through this special anniversary!

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!


Get Mister Rogers Gifts

What a neighborly gift for a friend who’s a fan! Scores of thank-you items are available to new KERA members and to members who make an additional donation, including these Mister Rogers goodies:
Mister Rogers gifts
Combo pack: DVD of the Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like special, a four-DVD set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day Collection, a color-changing sweater mug and a quote bag decorated with Mister Rogers quotes.
Mister Rogers color-changing sweater mug: When you pour hot liquid inside, his blue suit jacket turns into a tan sweater. Just like in the show! What a magical way to start the day.
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like retrospective DVD: A star-studded tribute to America’s favorite neighbor. Watch the preview here.

Visit the KERA donation page to browse all membership levels and thank-you gift options. Type “Rogers” into the search field to filter for all Mister Rogers gifts.

More Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

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

Thank you for your support. It helps secure enriching, educational programming like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood for future generations of North Texans. Learn more.

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