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Peanuts Gang Goes to Camp in Santa Rosa
Comical adventures at Charles M. Schulz Museum
May 22 @ 8:00 am – November 11 @ 5:00 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Nearly every summer, the Peanuts Gang loads up on buses and heads off to summer camp-some more willingly than others. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center celebrates this seasonal theme in Peanuts Goes to Camp, a new exhibition on view May 22, 2019, through November 18, 2020. Featuring over seventy original comic strips, sketches, and vintage Peanuts products, the exhibition invites visitors to relive nights serenaded by crickets and days full of sun-drenched memories with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang.
Although Charles Schulz was not that fond of camping (explaining he did enough “camping” during his service in World War II), summer camp became an annual story line in the Peanuts comic strip and opened adventures of a different kind for his cast of characters, from homesick blues to first romances.
“Schulz explored not only these emotional developments, but the setting afforded him the opportunity to draw lush backgrounds and fully realized outdoor scenes, signaling to the reader that we’re all going on an adventure together.”Benjamin L. Clark, Curator
The exhibition includes many popular story lines, including the Mr. Sack series when Charlie Brown wears a paper bag on his head and becomes a camp hero, but only because his identity is concealed-often cited by Schulz as a personal favorite-and the budding friendship of Peppermint Patty and Marcie, who meet at summer camp in a series of strips from 1971. Not to be left out, Snoopy as lead Beagle Scout and Woodstock with his troop of bird friends also appear to brave the great outdoors together.
“Schulz explored the ups and downs of summer camp with a fidelity that rings true to many a happy camper,” said Clark. “Some years the Peanuts Gang goes to a co-ed camp, and some years the boys go to one camp and the girls go to another, but each year brings something a little different, complete with lessons learned, bouts of homesickness, and new friendships.”
Peanuts Goes to Camp will be on view during the Schulz Museum’s own Summer Camps program, which runs from June 3 through August 23 and offers half-day, full-day, and weeklong camps for grades pre-K through tenth. Details can be found at schulzmuseum.org.
Image of original Peanuts comic strip first published on July 27, 1990. (c) 1990 Peanuts Worldwide LLC.
The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The Schulz Museum presents changing exhibitions and programming that build an understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art; illustrate the scope of Schulz’s multi-faceted career; communicate the stories, inspirations, and influences of Charles Schulz; and celebrate the life of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters.
The Museum is located 50 miles north of San Francisco by car on Hwy 101.
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