Fred turned to Latrobe and Saint Vincent as the appropriate home for his body of work—Latrobe, because it was his first “neighborhood,” and Saint Vincent, because, as he observed in his 1995 address at the Saint Vincent sesquicentennial celebration, “It is a community that majors in hospitality, not only to joy, but to suffering, a place and a people who make room for their neighbors to hope that there’s more to us than we know—more than we’ll ever know.”
The Fred Rogers Archive includes video and scripts of Fred’s television programs, photographs, audiotapes, letters, newspaper clippings, speeches, viewer mail, song lyrics, musical scores, and oral history interviews. The Fred Rogers Center is committed to preserving these items and making them available to those who are building upon Fred’s legacy.
Fred gave so many people so many gifts, and he did it merely by speaking with them in open, honest, and non-threatening ways. He never condescended, he just invited us into his conversation. He spoke to us as the people we were, not as the people others wished we were.teresa heinz