Rollins College will celebrate the birthday of Fred Rogers on March 20 with a self-guided campus memorabilia tour.

Fred McFeely Rogers majored in music composition at Rollins College in 1951 and visited the campus frequently over the years after graduation and spent winter vacations in Winter Park. In 1996 the McFeely-Rogers Foundation established a music scholarship at Rollins College for aspiring musicians.

The tour will be available through March 31 during the regular operating hours of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday.

The tour includes:

  1. The five-stop tour begins at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, where Mister Rogers’ sweater and sneakers, which he gave to the college in 1991, will be on display.
  2. Tiedtke Concert Hall is stop two, where a large portrait of Fred Rogers, painted by local artist Don Sondag, hangs.
  3. Stop three is on the Rollins Walk of Fame in front of his old dormitory Lyman Hall, where the stone from his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was placed on the occasion of his 40-year reunion from graduating Rollins.
  4. Stop four is Olin Library, where a collection of books, his yearbook, personal letters, and photos from the Rollins College Archives are on view.
  5. Finally, stop five is at the marble plaque by Strong Hall engraved with the words that inspired him – “Life is for Service.”

Brendan O'Connor

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