Fred Rogers, star of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," donated one of his iconic knitted cardigans to the Smithsonian Institution, where it is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where it is considered a "Treasure of American History." This cardigan is a long-sleeve red cardigan with a zip closure and cable-knit detailing; like all of the sweaters Rogers wore on the children's television show, this sweater was hand knit by Rogers' mother, Nancy Rogers. The sweater's status as a piece of the National Museum of American History's permanent collection ensures not only that members of the public will be able to see it but also that it will be kept safe and in museum-quality condition.
Rogers' sweaters were a regular part of an on-camera costume change that took place on each episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Each episode would open with Rogers singing a song and walking onto the main set for the show, which was built to look like the living room in a private home. Rogers would change out of his outdoor outerwear and put on one of his signature zippered cardigans. These cardigans have come to symbolize Rogers' show and his efforts in the area of early childhood education.