Useable, Loveable Peanuts
December 15, 2012 to April 28, 2013
Downstairs Changing Gallery
Learn the fascinating history of the development of Charles Schulz’s art into three-dimensional products starting with the story of Determined Productions, Inc. Helmed by the redoubtable Connie Boucher, Determined Productions published the iconic book, Happiness Is a Warm Puppy, in 1962 and manufactured the first plush Snoopy doll in 1968. Other early companies, Hallmark and Aviva Enterprises, Inc., will also be featured, along with a trio of important Japanese companies—Sanrio, Osaka Nishikawa, and Familiar—that introduced Peanuts to a new group of admiring fans. The exhibition will include over 500 Peanuts-themed products and excerpts of oral history interviews from key personnel in these companies.