Join the Next Question this Friday for a trolley tour inspired by Mister Rogers’ field trips into the real neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
On Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers made trips to factories and other businesses, many of which were in Pittsburgh, where his show was produced. These memorable segments made hidden labor visible, emphasizing the importance of each worker’s contributions. While some of these businesses are still manufacturing products, others have become upscale apartments or technology companies.
The tour will take participants to some of these sites to see the many ways that the “Neighborhood” has changed, and some ways that it has stayed the same. We’ll travel through the Oakland and Squirrel Hill neighborhoods to visit Mister Rogers’ real home and his television home WQED, the birthplace of public television. We’ll drive by the iconic giants of food industry, Heinz and Nabisco, and learn what workers did inside. We’ll visit the Carnegie Library in Homewood and stop in at the Heinz History Center for a very special ‘speedy’ visit.
The tour departs Friday April 17 at 1:00 from the corner of Tech and Margaret Morrison on CMU’s campus. Look for the trolley! Come early as space is limited.
This project is part of the Open Engagement conference and is supported by The Sprout Fund with in-kind donations from David Newell and the Heinz History Center.