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Latrobe Area History

The banana split, professional football, Mister Rogers, Arnold Palmer, Rolling Rock beer, and more... Latrobe can be proud of its' rich and colorful history.


A Little Bit of Latrobe...


Along with several other claims to fame, Latrobe is proud to be known as the hometown of two beloved and internationally recognized public figures; Fred Rogers, the soft-spoken, host of public television's Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and Arnold Palmer, one of history's most popular professional golfers, the first to win the Masters four times and the first to earn $1 million in tournament prize money. Share the memories with these videos of the two Latrobeans, each icons in their respective arenas.

(Patience please...depending on your connection, videos may take a bit to load. If your connection is slow and playback is choppy, particularly on dial-up, you can try beginning playback, then pausing the video for a minute or so, allowing more of the video to pre-load. After pre-loading, you will be able to resume playback without further interruptions.)

Watch a short documentary about Arnold Palmer and how he brought golf to the television set...

Listen to Fred Rogers speaking at a US Senate hearing in 1969, convincing them why they should fund the proposed Corporation for Public Broadcasting...

Watch Latrobe's very first annual 4th of July parade in 1969 ...

Discover more local history at...

The Latrobe Area Historical Society


The Latrobe Area Historical Society of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, is dedicated to the collection, study and documentation of the Latrobe community's heritage and to the preservation of local history and its ethnic roots.

The Society's office is located in the former Beth Israel Congregation building, 416 Weldon Street, Latrobe, PA 15650.

Open Tues. 1:00PM to 3:30PM, Fri. 9:00AM to 3:30PM, and Sat. 9:00AM to 11:30AM,

Click here to visit the Latrobe Area Historical Society's website.

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