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For Immediate Release — February 1, 2010

Take a Hike, Snoopy

at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
February 17 through June 13, 2010


Peanuts— detail June 9, 1974

 (Santa Rosa, CA) Although Charles M. Schulz was no camping fanatic, his most beloved characters, Snoopy, Woodstock and a band of birds spent years exploring the wilderness as Beagle Scouts in the Peanuts comic strip.

Visitors can enjoy the adventures of a Beagle Scout in the Charles M. Schulz Museum’s newest exhibition; Take a Hike, Snoopy, running February 17 through June 13, 2010. On display will be the evolution of Schulz’s portrayal of the Beagle Scout over 25 years, with 14 original Peanuts strips and Beagle Scout-themed objects from the 1970s through 2000.

“Snoopy’s alter ego as the Beagle Scout provided a vehicle for Schulz’s characters, including many previously unknown bird characters, to embark on humorous adventures in the wilderness. It may also have been at some deeper level a way in which Schulz could reflect on his army days when as a young staff sergeant, he, too, was a troop leader, slept in a tent, and ate army grub,” said Jane O’Cain, Curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Charles Schulz developed Snoopy as a Beagle Scout in the mid-1970s. Although Snoopy debuted as a “tenderpaw” on May 13, 1974, it only took him two days to declare himself “the World Famous Beagle Scout!”

If you would like any of the images from Take a Hike, Snoopy 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—May 15, 1974 Snoopy first declares himself the ‘World Famous Beagle Scout.’

PeanutsMay 17, 1974

Peanuts—May 22, 1974

Peanuts—September 30, 1979

Peanuts—June 1, 1998

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