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For Immediate Release — November 12, 2011

The Browns and The Van Pelts: Siblings in Peanuts

at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center
January 29 to June 19, 2011


Peanuts—detail July 18, 1966

Peanuts—July 18, 1966

(Santa Rosa, CA) From a bossy older sister to a brother’s embarrassing attachment to his blanket, Charles Schulz managed to capture both the humor and drama that are inherent in sibling relationships. An only child himself, Schulz looked to his five children for hints about how siblings behave. In the Charles M. Schulz Museum’s newest exhibition, The Browns and The Van Pelts: Siblings in Peanuts, the emphasis is focused squarely on the sibling relationships of the Peanuts Gang.

The exhibition, running January 29 to June 19, 2011, will feature fifty original Peanuts comic strips highlighting the squabbles and more tenderhearted moments between Lucy Linus and Rerun Van Pelt and Sally and Charlie Brown. Visitors will be able to step into the Van Pelt family’s living room in a life-sized recreation of a Peanuts panel and watch excerpted clips highlighting classic sibling scenes from three Peanuts animated television specials. Within the exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to share their favorite anecdotes of life with their own brothers and/or sisters on the discussion page of the Schulz Museum’s Facebook page.

Though Schulz avoided using ideas from other people, he could not help drawing from the world around him. In one memorable strip, Schulz quoted his daughter Amy, who after he asked her to quiet down began to butter a piece of bread and simply asked, “Am I buttering too loud for you?” Schulz reworked the idea into a strip featuring Lucy and Linus, and once again found comedy in the familiar.

If you would like any of the images from The Browns and The Van Pelts 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 28, 1961 “Am I buttering too loud for you?” was taken from Schulz’s experience with his own daughter, Amy, after asking her to quiet down.

Peanuts—May 23, 1972 After attempting to rid herself of one brother, Lucy is shocked to find out that she has a new baby brother, Rerun Van Pelt.

Peanuts—February 5, 1992

Peanuts—November 26, 1980 After several attempts over the years to claim her brother’s room as her own, Sally Brown is once again foiled.

Peanuts—September 4, 1985 In a moment of sweetness, Sally and Charlie Brown walk to school together.

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