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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Update Summary - 6/30/11

An article from across the pond.

If you've not read this before, take a look at Scott Jordan Harris' article "Why I Love...Mr. Rogers." Quite a quality piece dedicted to the man who influenced so many people thoughout his career.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Queen Sara!

After adding images of the X the Owl figure, the fifth and final figure from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe playset is now accounted for as well.

Thanks to Vickie for the images of Queen Sara!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

X the Owl! Now where is Queen Sara...

If you've been reading the Neighborhood Archive for long enough, you know that one of the things that I am constantly looking for is any form of evidence that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe Playset from 1977 was ever produced.

Having come up with a few of the figures from this set myself, I was excited to see the X the Owl figure show up on eBay recently.

After submitting what I feel was a pretty healthy bid, I was still beat out in the end by another bidder. But all is well. While it would have been cool to get my hands on this figure, the main thing I wanted was to add detailed images of it to the Archive site.

With a quick message sent to the seller, I asked if it would be possible for him to send me some images before he packaged X up to ship off to the winning bidder. Much to my surprise, the seller responded quickly and was willing to help me out. Thanks to his generosity, detailed images of a fourth of the five figures from this set are now a part of the Neighborhood Archive.

Now if I could only find someone who's got the Queen Sara figure or any other pieces from this set...

And to the eBay seller who provided these images, if you happen to be reading this, thanks again for your time and generosity!

Update Summary – 6/16/11

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Update Summary - 6/9/11

Fred Rogers Center Online Exhibit

If you have not yet taken the time to look through the online exhibit made available through the Fred Rogers Center, do yourself a favor and do so. Filled with photographs and video footage, this online exhibit details the life and career of Fred Rogers beginning with his earliest days and following it through his continued legacy.

Due to the copyrighted content in the exhibit, viewers are required to complete a simple log-in process. Once you are logged in, it may take you a moment to get the hang of navigating the site. If your intention is to view the entire exhibit from beginning to end, navigation is very simple; however, if you are just browsing the content or you are looking for a particular video or photograph, it might take you a minute to find your way around.

Either way, this exhibit is nothing short of fantastic and is a welcome addition to the online presence of Fred Rogers' message. View the exhibit by visiting

Message Board Discussions

The Neighborhood Archive Message Board continues to grow as more people are joining in on the discussions. Again, I realize that this is quite a change from the way discussions have taken place on the sites in the past. If you're not already logged in as a member of the message board, please join us in discussing all things Mister Rogers!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Update Summary - 6/2/11

Archive Updates Via the Blog

The readers have spoken and I have listened. After hearing from a handful of disappointed readers who use Google Reader and other similar programs to keep up with the Neighborhood Archive, I have decided to remedy this issue through this sort of regular update via the blog. One of the things I had hoped to accomplish by moving the blog was to eliminate the need for daily posts directing readers to new additions to the site. This just seemed like an unnecessary step. With the Google Reader crowd in mind, I fully understand your frustration and I hope that these weekly updates via the blog will help you stay up to date with the Neighborhood Archive as you were before. All you'll need to do is update your readers with this blog's new URL.

The Message Board

The message board is off and running and seems to be going well in its early stages. There are regularly several "guests" visiting the board and reading the comments and conversations without logging in. While this is perfectly fine, I certainly hope to see some of those folks create and account and join in on the the conversations at some point. Thanks to those of you who have already logged in and taken part in the forum. While this is a big change from the way communication on The Neighborhood Archive has taken place thus far, I truly believe this is a step in the right direction as I try to make discussions and comments more open and accessible.