Rollins College Walking Tour Honors Mister Rogers
In celebration of Fred Rogers’ birthday, March 20, Rollins College will honor its most famous alumnus with a self-guided campus walking tour of memorabilia. The tour will run from March 5 – 31 during the regular operating hours of the College’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
Fred McFeely Rogers majored in music composition and graduated with distinction from Rollins College in 1951. He was active at the college, serving on the chapel staff and as a member of the Community Service Club, the Student Music Guild, the French Club, the Welcoming Committee, the After Chapel Club, and the Alpha Phi Lambda fraternity. He also sang in the chapel and Bach choirs. After graduating, Rogers visited Rollins College frequently over the years and spent winter vacations in Winter Park. In 1996 the McFeely-Rogers Foundation established a music scholarship at Rollins College 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 College community,” said Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins. “His messages of self-esteem, inclusiveness, and respect still resonate clearly in our community engagement endeavors and beyond.”
In 2018, the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which premiered on PBS on February 19, 1968. A film starring Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” is scheduled to be released in November. Winter Park High School’s a capella group, Naughty Scotty and the Octapellas, recorded a Mr. Rogers medley and the video- filmed on campus- can be seen at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvTLkD03iM.
The five-stop walking 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. Tiedtke Concert Hall is stop two, where a large portrait of Fred Rogers, painted by local artist Don Sondag, hangs. 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. Stop four is Olin Library, where a collection of books, his yearbook, personal letters, and photos from the Rollins College Archives are on view. Finally, stop five is at the marble plaque by Strong Hall engraved with the words that inspired him – “Life is for Service.”
The free self-guided tour will be available from March 5 through March 31 during Cornell Fine Arts Museum hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays. Parking is available in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue (fees apply) or in available public parking areas.
Questions can be directed to the Rollins College Office of Marketing & Communications at 407-646-1548.by