The Work of Fred Rogers: A Conference on his Context and Legacy

Friday, June 16, 2023 - Saturday, June 17, 2023
Fred M. Rogers Center Building, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650
$175 before May 1st | $200 after May 1st

Join the Fred Rogers Institute and Saint Vincent College for the first conference dedicated to the academic study of the work of Fred Rogers! This year, 2023, marks the twentieth year since Fred Rogers’ passing. Academic scholars in a wide range of fields have produced a number of works in recent decades extending and exploring his influence on American children and childhood. It is appropriate at this moment to take stock of that legacy, to examine and assess the myriad ways that he shaped our history and culture. We are also interested in the broader social and cultural context that laid the groundwork for Mister Rogers work, especially those developments in childrearing prescriptions that emerged in the decades before he began his career in children’s media. The conference organizers invite scholars from a wide range of fields to reflect on Fred Rogers’ place in American childhood, media, and American culture over the past half century. This conference will be of interest to scholars interested in history, children’s media, children’s literature, education, sociology, communication, psychology, and religion.

All presenters must register for the conference. Attendance for the conference is $175 if you register before May 1st. Conference fees will increase to $200 after May 1st.

Conference registration includes all meals, sessions, and materials for the two-day event. Please see the full agenda below for more information.


Hotel Information: 

Attendees are encouraged to book a hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Greensburg, which is located within a short driving distance to the Fred Rogers Institute! Below is a link in which you can request a room. Each room will cost $139 (plus tax) per night. You must register BEFORE May 15th to receive this price. To book a room, please click on the button below.


Visit the Fred Rogers Exhibit

Located at our office at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, the Exhibit displays special memorabilia and history about Fred’s life and work.