The Heinz History Center is welcoming a local icon to be included in their long-term exhibit Pittsburgh: A Tradition in Innovation. Fred Rogers, of the public television program Mister Rogers Neighborhood, will be profiled for his innovative work in children’s programming. A life sized figure of the man will also be unveiled on Saturday. It will be in conjunction with "Won't you be my Neighbor?" day on March 20, the day of Mr. Rogers' birthday.
Heinz History Center Spokesman Mike Mackin says the figure of Mr. Rogers captures his “essence and spirit.” He is sitting on the actual bench where he tied his shoes everyday on the show, and has a wide smile spread across his face.
However, Mackin says the figure was not easy to create. He says it’s difficult to determine how old Fred Rogers should be, which changes the color of his hair and the skin on his face. They chose a figure to be a 57-year-old Rogers.