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.
Lynn Johnson Collection, Ohio University Archives