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For Immediate Release — April 13, 2010

Pop Culture in Peanuts

at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
May 19 through September 20, 2010


Peanuts—detail July 28, 1966

(Santa Rosa, CA) From coon skin caps to macramé to 3-D glasses, Charles M. Schulz made reference to pop culture in his Peanuts comic strip for five decades. The Charles M. Schulz Museum’s newest exhibition, Pop Culture in Peanuts, delves into the fads, trends, and contemporary influences on the Peanuts comic strip and how those references changed over the 50 years of the strip. The exhibition, running May 19 through September 20, 2010, is located in the Museum’s downstairs strip gallery and will include over 70 original Peanuts strips.

Like any writer, Schulz used all of his experiences, observations, and reflections in creating his comic strip and the eccentricities of pop culture were often a rich source of material. “Part of Schulz’s genius lay in his ability to adapt the latest pop cultural slang or trend in a way that was relevant and uniquely funny in his comic strip,” said Jane O’Cain, Curator of the exhibition.

If you would like any of the images from Pop Culture in Peanuts to print in a publication, contact Gina Huntsinger at or (707) 284-1268.

Copyright and image instructions:
Copyright for all Peanuts image should be:   Peanuts © (year of strip) Peanuts Worldwide LLC

FOR USE OF ALL IMAGES IN THIS RELEASE. This art may not be altered in any way. You may not crop, flop, compress or squeeze the images. You may enlarge or reduce its size to fit your publication; and you must do so proportionately. You may not create or change words or thought balloons for the characters.

Peanuts—January 25, 1954 Long before the popularity of Avatar, the early 1950’s saw a short-lived 3-D movie fad.

Peanuts—May 6, 1974 Streaking became popular on college campuses in the mid-1970s

Peanuts—July 8, 1980 Pulling from cinematic pop culture, Peppermint Patty attempts to emulate Bo Derek from the movie 10.

The Charles M. Schulz Museum opened in August 2002 to fulfill its mission of preserving, displaying, and interpreting the art of Charles M. Schulz. The museum carries out this mission through 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 Charles M. Schulz Museum is located 50 minutes north of San Francisco by car on Highway 101. The Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California, 95403.

Weekdays Monday thru Friday (except Tuesdays*) 11am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Tuesdays*
*Open everyday throughout the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Free – Museum Members, Children 3 and under
$5.00 – Children 4-18, college students with valid I.D. card, and Seniors 62+
$10.00 – Adults

For more information consult the Museum web site:
Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
2301 Hardies Lane Santa Rosa, CA 95403