Sign Language

By November 7, 2019 February 18th, 2020 No Comments


Fred Rogers studied many languages throughout his life, including French, Spanish, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and American Sign Language. He presented these languages in different ways throughout the Neighborhood series. Maggie Stewart, pictured here signing with Fred, was a Neighborhood friend who would appear in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe as Mayor Maggie.

She often demonstrated sign language and would teach Mister Rogers how to sign some of his songs. In this photograph, Chuck Aber looks on as Maggie and Fred practice a sign. Chuck was Associate Mayor Aber in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and a close friend of Maggie’s.



Item Type



Lynn Johnson Collection, Ohio University Archives

Related Items

Chuck Aber Oral History

Chuck Aber tells about rehearsing for the Neighborhood operas.

Learning About Words: Letter for Creative Teaching

Fred Rogers explains that learning is closely associated with loving.

Music Notes

Mister Rogers studies music notes written on a chalkboard.

Browse by: